Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Biggest little city in the world

Reno welcomes you!
Like Las Vegas but with more taste...
That's the official motto of Reno. Following our course through Death Valley during our summer American southwest tour, we had intended to drive through Yosemite National Park. Unfortunately, significant forest fires in the park resulted in the eastern entrances being closed to visitors.

Instead we continued up to Reno. During the entire drive a heavy pall of smoke from the fires to the west hung over the landscape.

Reno is like Las Vegas' older more sensible sister. The glitz and gaudy excess are dialed way down compared to Vegas.

At the same time as we were there people were returning to the city from the Burning Man Festival. They were easy to spot... they were driving clapped out cars or van carrying camping gear, loaded with bicycles and all of it covered with fine white desert dust.

Dusty Love Bug...
Dusty Love Bug...

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