Christmas trip — a near circumnavigation of the Sierra Nevada.
Christmas Day, drove from Ben Lomond up to Grass Valley.
Saw a great rainbow, one end visibly touching 680 in Fremont.
No pot of gold, though.
A storm, visible whole, west of my route all along the Carleton Forbes
(I-5 through Stockton, to Sacramento).
Had a nice visit with some in-laws in Grass Valley.
Drove up CA-20 and over I-80 and down 395 to Mammoth.
Had a nice visit with cousins, aunt, uncle, snow.
Caught Ty's cold. Got nearly a foot of new snow,
but had a dry day when we were ready to leave:
No problem driving.
Down 395 to Big Pine, then east up and over the Whites ...
A WHOLE LOTTA NOTHING, AND NOT MUCH ELSE!
Deep Springs College (we have an acquaintance whose son went there).
Finally into Nevada and US-95. High points along 95:
"Cottontail Ranch", "Shady Lady", "Angel's Ladies".
To Las Vegas. Friends live in planned Summerlin area
(one of Howard Hughes' better legacies), along the west edge
of the city, near Red Rocks.
Visited Red Rocks very cool.
I slowly drove the scenic loop one morning.
Would love to return to spend several days hiking that park.
Our hosts' friends turn out to be the aforementioned acquaintances.
Very very nice dinners at Charlie Palmer's and then Commander's Palace.
Great time checking out the Bellagio, and seeing the
Cirque du Soleil's "O" show there.
Drove home on Sunday the 4th: nasty accident on I-15 left us
near motionless for hours; the 525 miles back home took over
10 and a half hours. At least we got to dine at Harris Ranch.
Ready for work on Monday, but still coughing