Everyone was up early on Saturday as we all had a long drive ahead of us today. After some final packing and breakfast we were on our way by 8:30, a good start. Before we left we received a phone call from John and Greg who were in Laramie, Wyoming. This was a bit of surprise because their plan had been to drive all the way to Colorado Springs yesterday, but it turns out they had gotten into a major snowstorm which shut down Interstate 80 and forced them to find a room in Laramie. When they talked to us things had cleared a bit and they were on their way home, but they did have a bit of an adventure.
We were driving all the way to Reno today; a distance of about 700 miles. We did this last year and vowed we wouldn't do it again, but here we were - doing it again. We had planned to stay in Jackpot, Nevada right on the Idaho / Nevada border, but the only decent looking hotel was sold out. We didn't want to stay in Elko again so we decided we would once more do the long drive to Reno. It took us about eleven hours and we arrived in Reno just before 6:00 PM. As usual we were staying at a Harrah's property which meant our room would be comped. We quickly checked in and after resting a bit from our drive, we went down to the casino for a while and then called it an early night and went back to our room for some welcome sleep.
To make up for our long drive yesterday we decided to stay an extra day in Reno so we slept in and then had a leisurely breakfast at the Hash House A Go Go. The Hash House A Go Go is a glorified coffee shop noted for their huge portion sizes, but we were so hungry we both cleared our plates - this was a combination breakfast and lunch so that made it OK. ;-) While walking around the casino we found our favorite slot machine, the Lord of the Rings. We spent quite a bit of time playing on them as we stayed pretty much in the hotel all day. Val's knee doesn't allow for any extended walking so it was a quiet relaxing day. During our play in the casino that day we had been offered a couple of free dinners at the buffet so that's where we ate dinner. It actually was surprisingly good considering it's small size.
Sunday morning we were up and checked out by 9:00 for the trip home. It was a surprisingly quick and easy drive and we were home by 3:00. The end of another great Geezer Gathering. It is so wonderful to have such great friends who you feel comfortable with and have such a good time just being together. These are friendships that go back more than forty years and they mean a lot to all of us. It looks like next year's Geezer Gathering may be in Taos, New Mexico as Val has found an interesting looking house for us to rent.
As far as the next trip for us; that is up in the air right now because Val is facing knee surgery on November 5th, but I will address that in another blog entry. That's all for now, see you on down the road.