So why do we live in Reno? Here are just a few of the
, love it here. Reno gets an average of
300 sunny days a year. After our long daily walkies, the babies
love nothing more than to find a sunny spot to lie down in and
snuggle each other.
Every year Reno plays host to the Balloon Races. More
than a hundred balloonists participate. You can walk amoung
them in the early morning (dawn) as they inflate their
balloons and prepare to launch. The race always starts out
with this Eagle balloon.
Another fun event, which takes places in Virginia
City, are the annual camel races. Since I used to be a dedicated
perl programmer, I could not afford to miss
The festivities begin with a parade down main street.
Some of the lucky camels are ridden by some of the local
Next come the actual races, where you are a winner if
you manage not to fall off of your camel. As fun as these
races are, you should see the ostrich races, were three
bird(brain) jockeys hand on for dear life while a crazed
ostrich runs around wildly trying to figure out where to
Since we like speed, especially in animals, we
decided to attend a benefit for the local
Animal Ark organization,
let the public attend the cheetah races. Pictured here is Shaka,
the male cheetah, who is plumb tuckered out after his 220 yard
sprint. Besides these special events, there are always
different shows going on in the various casinos. This summer (2003)
we saw Mikhail Baryshnikov, a tribute to the Beatles by Rain,
Spirit of the Dance, a Celtic festival by the Truckee River, a
Chinese Acrobatic Circus, a Bar-B-Que rib cookoff, and antique cars
during the Hot August Nights event. Each of these events were only
a 5-10 minute drive away. In California, it took us 20 minutes just
to get to the freeway, and then anywhere from 30 minutes to 1.5
hours to get into San Francisco, depending on traffic. We really
like it here!
Quote of the day:
There are only two ways of telling
the complete truth. Anonymously and posthumously.
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