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Old 08-16-2014, 09:48 PM
Location: land of ahhhs
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Surprised to hear so much negative about Reno. I just got back from a quick road trip through Auburn, Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Placerville. Reno's downtown didn't look so bad, especially along the river. Very bike friendly town. Idylwyld Park (sp?) is very nice--there was a band playing and some kind of street fair going on. We stopped for a drink at a riverside cafe and sat on the patio. When we got back in the car, the dash said outside temp was 95. If correct, it's nothing like 95 in Kansas.

Maybe they've rejuvenated a bit since last visit?? Driving out of town toward Carson City, there was quite a bit of green visible on both sides of highway, lots of evergreen trees. Agree, not so much once you're out of town.

Western lifestyle, proximity to trails and lakes, a fair airport, easy drive to SF for culture, and low COL make Reno one of those places that I might not just pick up and move to, but if I had a reason to go, it would work. We stayed at the Hyatt at the airport. Total on weekend (high dollar time in resort cities) was $137 for very nice, accessible room with a more than decent breakfast. We opted for dinner last night at the Stone House. Very good menu and reasonable price.

As for Lake Tahoe: can you say traffic! I think I'd like the north shore better, which we didn't get to. On Saturday morning driving down US 50--yikes! Gridlock. People trying to get to the beach just stopped in roadway waiting to get into the access roads. And oncoming traffic was bumper to bumper with the only break coming when some slowpoke backed everybody up for a while. At least that gave pedestrians a chance to cross the road. This was from Tahoe to almost Placerville! Given the already existing gridlock, I've no idea how these arrivals will be handled. I realize Sammy Hagar is playing tonight, but jeesh
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Old 08-17-2014, 11:03 AM
Location: Loudon, TN
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That sounds more like a Sunday afternoon trip from Tahoe back to the city. Every weekend South Lake Tahoe is invaded with weekenders from Sacramento and the bay area. We learned to leave early or leave real late if you don't want to turn a 2 hour trip into 4 hours. Mon-Fri these folks are all gone, well except in the summer, but still M-F much better than Sat-Sun. After Labor Day weekend it is a ghost town until Thanksgiving. Week after Labor Day was always our week in Tahoe.

Reno....all I can say is bleeecchh...hot...make that HOT, (Maste you caught them on a good day) dry, sometimes windy in the summer, COLD, dry, sometimes windy in the winter. It's only saving graces? It's closer to the lake than my old house, and it's casinos pay out better than the NA or Tahoe casinos, has cheap hotels and cheaper buffets.
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