One More for the RoadWestward Ho, Day 38: Sacramento, CA, to Reno, NV
Another day, another scenic California highway. This morning we headed east on the route traveled by the hordes of speculators that flooded to California in the mid-1800s in search of gold. Thankfully we were not traveling on a horse or in a covered wagon. And what is now US Route 50 is a modern paved trail across western California.
Once we had summited, we began our trek down to the Lake Tahoe Basin. The road descended the side of a steep mountain, eventually leading around a curve where Lake Tahoe came into view. With an average depth of 1,000 feet, Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the U.S. (behind Crater Lake).
|The lake in sight at last|
|Cave Rock Tunnel near Zephyr Cove, NV|
|The still pristine I-580 opened in late August.|
Having no knowledge of the city of Reno (pop. 225,221) except an misconceived stereotype of an outdated gambling mecca, we were very pleasantly surprised. Though the city has hung on to its old slogan of "the biggest little city in the world," its economy is no longer dependent on gaming and liberal divorce laws. The development of distribution industries and outdoor recreational opportunities have rejuvenated the city. Many of the older casinos were torn down or converted to condos, and an abundance of new commercial construction has given the city a real facelift.
|One of many attractive Reno commercial areas|
After spending tonight in Reno, near the western edge of the state, tomorrow we will traverse Nevada on the purported loneliest highway in the U.S. and land in Ely, near the eastern border.
More Photos from Today
|Dramatic terrain changes as we drove east on US-50 toward Carson City|
|Leading the nation in customer satisfaction. Must be the cookies and Starbucks coffee they serve.|
|With more than 2,000 hotel rooms and ten restaurants, the Peppermill is one of the top five employers in Reno.|