After our visit to Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park, Yvonne and I took the long way back to Reno, heading southwest through Gabbs and Hawthorne before turning northward past Walker Lake and Fort Churchill.At Gabbs, we stopped at a dusty bar for a beverage before a brief tour of the town which led us to the local high school, and a mural featuring its unusual but educated mascot.
A search for a dog-friendly park in Hawthorne proved fruitless; later at water-deprived Walker Lake we tried to take a lunch break at an abandoned boat ramp, but a myriad of flies ushered a swift departure. Yvonne was able to obtain a coffee at a McDonald’s in Yerington, but the dogs still needed a break. We found a place for a much needed dog walk at Buckland Station in Fort Churchill State Historic Park.
The next day was a family affair, visiting with Yvonne’s parents, her brother and his significant other in the morning, followed by a lunch engagement. In between I took a long walk up S. Virginia with breaks at 40 Mile Saloon for a George Dickel No. 8 on the rocks, and a duo of darn good double espresso at Bibo Coffee Company’s no fuss, no muss coffee shop on S. Sierra.
We gathered at nearby SoDo for lunch. On my plate was a voluminous but disappointingly bland Baked Strata. The vinaigrette for my side salad was okay tho’.