#10: there's more to Nevada than Las Vegas, right?

11/15/2010 14:46

 

He says...

        I am so happy that Danielle wrote her story about Nevada first because now I can totally make fun of her for getting just about every geographical fact incorrect.  For being one of the smartest women that I have ever met, she does have one big 'mental challege': navigation.  In her own words, "I couldn't find my way out of a paper bag."

        Let's start with the fact that anyone living in Northern California knows that you can't take a 'daytrip' to any other state with the exception of Lake Tahoe, which borders both California and Nevada.  It also takes less than 4 hours to get there, not 6 1/2.  Oh, and Carson City?  I have no idea what she is taking about because I have never been there.  Which means that WE have never been there.  We actually spent the day on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe and spent some time in the Nevada side.  In the picture above, you can see Harrah's and Heavenly in the background. 

        Aside from that, the day was just like Danielle described!

She says...

            So according to me (a born and raised New Yorker), the distance between San Francisco and LA has to be what… like two hours? Here in DC, I can walk across a bridge and get to Virginia or hop on a 20 minute metro ride and be in Maryland. So it’s got to be the same on the west coast, right?

            Boy did Jacek laugh at that logic.

            Apparently my sense of direction is far worse than I had thought! According to googlemaps, it is  six and a half hours . Are you kidding me? From my apartment in DC I can reach one of any ten states. Heck, I could even drive all the way home to NY in that time. How can you possibly drive 6.5 hours and still be in one state (without even being close to the border)??

            Apparently Nevada wasn’t that much closer. You see, when I had suggested the idea of taking a quick day trip from his parent’s condo in San Francisco to Carson City, NV (to visit one more state), I really thought it would be ‘quick’. I had no idea it would be a nine hour round-trip!! California is so skinny on the map – how could it take so long to get out of it?

            Clearly, Jacek knew it would take this long to reach Carson City, but he said yes to the idea anyway. :)

            We set out pretty early in the morning the day after visiting Alcatraz Island and were at Lake Tahoe by lunchtime. Once there, we strolled around the cute town and frozen waterfront. Then, we spotted a small local café where we stopped for soup and sandwiches. There were a handful of casinos literally on top of the state line between California and Nevada. Personally, I’m not a gambler, but I had to go inside at least one of them. I don’t know why I was expecting something different – but it was the typical Nevada casino: no windows, free mini-drinks and TONS of old people at the nickel slots. I was ready to go in 5 minutes.

            So after we got back outside, we both had this surprising urge for ice cream (despite the fact that it was November and things were still frozen outside). With a weakness for soft-serve and a McD’s close by, we popped in and shared what was supposed to be a ‘small’ cone – that thing was ginormous. Guess they really do super-size everything there because I’m pretty sure we couldn’t finish it.

            So after the casino and the lunch and the ice cream and the amazing views of Lake Tahoe, it was time to go back to San Francisco. Four and a half LONG hours later, we were there.            

            So according to me (a born and raised New Yorker), the distance between San Francisco and LA has to be what… like two hours? Here in DC, I can walk across a bridge and get to Virginia or hop on a 20 minute metro ride and be in Maryland. So it’s got to be the same on the west coast, right?

there's more to Nevada than Las Vegas, right?

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