Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Artwork found on display at Howlin' Hounds in Omaha.

May Trip to Reno, Part 18;
May 20, 2014

From left:Ragno uomo in forma Noodle by [Mario] Mu[ss]olini; Storm and Wolverine by Tearee Claire Caswell.

What's Your Favorite Color by Robert Puhl.

Springtime for Vader by Janet Mills. Decoupage plate series.

Monday, August 18, 2014

On detour through Utah and Wyoming.

May Trip to Reno, Part 16;
May 19-20, 2014

Running late out of Salt Lake City aboard Amtrak's California Zephyr on detour through northern Utah, afforded us spectacular daytime views we would have otherwise missed had we been running on time. The scenery through Wyoming was no less spectacular, except for all the snow fences that peppered the landscape. The vistas of southeastern Wyoming were of particular note [see blog post].

From left: A snow fence – the Unofficial Symbol of the great State of Wyoming; And now we play the favorite game aboard Amtrak – Let's Stop in the Middle of Nowhere.

There were delays along the way, as we went up against Union Pacific freight traffic and track maintenance. The only opportunity afforded for a fresh air break, at Union Pacific's discretion, was in Green River, Wyoming.

In Green River, Wyoming. In the distance above town, Castle Rock.

Nearly four hours late into Denver, we experienced another long delay at the station. I reckon it was past midnight before we crossed into Nebraska. Five hours late into Hastings I gave up hope of making my mid-morning Megabus connection in Omaha.

Once in Omaha, I made the long, sweaty trek with luggage in tow to the Burlington Trailways station at 16th & Jackson to purchase a ride home. With some time to kill I lounge over iced coffee at nearby Howlin' Hounds, and take in the artwork assembled on its walls for a show later that day [see coming blog post].

From left: Artwork on display at Howlin Hounds; Only use Trailways hand sanitizer for that 'back-of-the-bus toilet' clean!; Surveillance van?!?!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Last morning in Reno, and trackside in parts eastward.

May Trip to Reno, Part 15;
May 18-19, 2014

I spent my last morning in Reno with Yvonne at The Stone House Cafe for breakfast. I ordered the daily special, a chipotle-infused gravy atop biscuits and chorizo sausage patties, with hash browns and eggs to order, while Yvonne opted for a smoked salmon omelet with cottage cheese and toast. The savory, spicy gravy and the hand-pattied chorizo were as delicious as they were inventive.

Later in the day, Yvonne was able to break away from work for a beverage at one of my favorite haunts, The Patio on W. Fifth. Given the opportunity I partook of a last minute indulgence, a pepperoni and onion pizza from J.J.’s Pie Co. across the street. J.J's offers one of my favorite builds ever, The Valdez [see blog post], but this much simpler construct was no less satisfying. Aside from a slice for Yvonne, I polished off the pizza in no time. Walking back to Yvonne’s vehicle for the ride back to the station, my last image of Reno was of a forest fire in the distance.

We arrived in Winnemucca on time, but had to spend an hour waiting for a rested crew to arrive. Enough time for some passengers to shop a nearby convenience store, and afford others an opportunity to pose for a pic in front of a sleepy bar. Tourists!

From left: Forest fire in the distance; Trackside in Winnemucca.

In Salt Lake City we spent over three hours cooling our heels while waiting for a Union Pacific pilot to accompany the train on our detour through Wyoming, long enough to greet the morning sun rising above the Wasatch.

UTA FrontRunner commuter trains on their first runs of the morning from downtown Salt Lake City.

From left: Amtrak’s California Zepyhr on layover in Salt Lake City; dawn breaks over the Wasatch.

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