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And Southward We Go…

(We continue our story already in progress…)

After missing breakfast, we headed off into the cow-scented air to get some…breakfast.

The cloud-shapes were really interesting to watch as we traveled. As you can see, I attempted to get a photograph of them as documentary evidence.

Eventually, we stopped before the Grapevine (Lebec?) at the Iron Skillet. For the record, I’m pretty sure that our waitress was actually an elf, not that this had an effect on her waitressing in any way. She even had the tops of her ears covered with her hair. Truefax, my friends.

As we were on our way out, I spent some time window-shopping, while I waited for my hubby to buy a few things. (Are you in the market for candy cigarettes? The Iron Skillet has some…) Well, what do you think I saw in the window of the wee shop right there next to the Iron Skillet?

…A pop culture reference! Amusingly enough, they were displaying a nerf-type gun right under this. Less likely to shoot your eye out, I suppose.

We headed off again, and arrived at our destination at about 2pm. Conveniently, our room was already good to go. We dropped our stuff in the room, but did we take a moment to rest?


(Part of the themeing for Haunted Mansion Holiday. My cameras aren’t too fond of the dark it turns out, but this came out okay.)
I will just note here that Pirates of the Caribbean was closed the entire time we were there, and leave you here.

Tomorrow: More artsy pictures of our first evening in D-land.

Posted on 16th November 2011
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…And we’re back

You can expect many pictures from my trip in the days to come, so consider yourself warned. …But first, let me say that I’m pretty sure that my husband has invented Extreme Disneying. I wish I’d brought a step counter. Egad.

So, beginning where I must at the beginning…

We left for SoCal Thursday evening, a bit later than expected. At some point in the dark of the night, we stopped at a random Denny’s.

And that was about the point that we realized we needed to find someplace to spend the night. The first place we stopped was full up. The second place…sort of creeped us out. But the third place was just right (in time honored tradition.) They had space for two weary travelers at some point after 2am, and for a bonus it didn’t smell like cows on the inside. (It certainly did on the outside, though. I’m looking at you, Buttonwillow.) Our room was right next to the freeway…but that really wasn’t too different from home, so we managed to get a few hours of shut eye after a fashion. We ended up missing the “Continental Breakfast” the next morning, but that wasn’t too big a loss.

Tomorrow: The Trip Continues, complete with bonus pop culture reference!

Posted on 15th November 2011
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The Lonely Road

And this is the lonely road that we traveled to continue on our way to our next stop.

This is one of the places we passed a bit further on. As you can see by the snow, it’s likely that we couldn’t pass that way even now. It’s fun to know that we managed to squeak by before the rainy/snowy season started.

Also? It was quite cold up there even then. Next time I’m bringing my gloves.

And that’s the end of our Reno trip. We got home at a bit after 11:30p.m. …And went to work the next day. Ugh.

Posted on 6th November 2011
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Headed for Tioga

Once we left Reno, we headed for Tioga Pass. On the way we stopped for provisions in Carson City (I can’t seem to get used to the idea of gambling in a grocery store.)

This is my quick cell phone image of Topaz Lake.

…And this is Mono Lake from the Vista Point above it. The timing wasn’t right to actually stop and photograph the lake from closer up, so obviously I need to plan a photo safari vacation for next year and include a stop there.

That way we can stop and eat in Lee Vining again. We always end up at Nicely’s Restaurant. They offer a bunch of classics, tasty desserts, and inexpensive t-shirts and travel mugs. (I bought a travel mug this time.)

…And then we headed for the hills.

Posted on 5th November 2011
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I’ll Take One National Automobile Museum To Go?

Seriously, though. I wish I could just wander through the National Automobile Museum at whim.

During our recent trip to Reno, I insisted that we walk across town and go to the museum. My husband didn’t know what to make of this, but he’s used to me by now. That and he knows about my car obsession. He needn’t have worried. He loves old cars. I think he took pictures of the whole place. I have no room to talk, as I did that last time. So, here are the two pics I took with my camera phone this time around.

This is a “street” they have set up inside. Now, if only they had a test track set up….

I still love this sign, so I took another picture of it. It’s well placed, too. The car behind it is all lovely and coppery.

Also? When we left, my hubby thanked me for bringing him. *strikes triumphant pose*

Posted on 4th November 2011
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Featured in Water

This piece of fountain art lurks in the El Dorado Hotel/Casino in Reno, NV. I should mention that this isn’t even half of the display. I think it’s Neptune that I had my back to. Eep.

Posted on 3rd November 2011
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I found Waldo…

…he was in an elevator with a Viking. Too bad I didn’t get a photo. I did, however, get an image of the view from my window during my recent trip to Reno.

Posted on 2nd November 2011
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Photo Week: Friday

This is from our last trip to Kauai. We found this sign when we were (as it suggests) looking for Sea Glass. The sea glass hunting was fun…but I really like the sign, too. (and yes, as I understand it, opala means “garbage.”)

Posted on 18th March 2011
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Photo Week: Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday. Today I have a wee present for my Dad.

When I was visiting the National Automobile Museum (in Reno, NV) last May I encountered this 1953 Studebaker. For those car-minded among you it’s a: Champion Model 14G, Starliner “Hard Top” Convertible.

Isn’t she a beauty?

Posted on 16th March 2011
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Photo Week: Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! Today, I bring you a photo of a bit of Morro Rock…and some wildlife. This is from our trip down to Morro Bay on the 4th of July weekend, 2010. We had *such* a good time on that trip. (Yes, we also visited Hearst Castle.)

Posted on 15th March 2011
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