Although not as high as it was when it crested, there was still a lot of water in the Truckee River. It looked to me as though the river may be trying to cut a new channel here, cutting off one of its meanders upstream from Derby Dam.
Our first stop was the Atlantis Hotel-Casino, where I cashed in the ticket for my bet on the Australian Open.
Workers were rappelling from the roof of the building working on the sign. I get dizzy just thinking of it.
Collecting my winnings for betting on Roger Federer to win the Australian Open, we decided to spend them on brunch at Toucan Charlie's, and were in fact the first customers at the counter when they opened. (This is the source of today's post title; thank you, Roger!) I enjoyed the breakfast, but the buffets have stopped agreeing with Lisa. There are just too many things in the food, particularly food dyes and additives to which she's sensitive, that make her ill.
We did manage to complete the rest of our shopping and got home just after 1 PM. Lisa, who has mostly been up nights the past week or so, went to bed along with travelswithkuma while I started doing my laundry and packing the RV.
In the most recent storm, all of the trans-Sierra routes have been hammered and closed at various points, including US-50 (rockslides), CA-70 (flooding), and most importantly, I-80 (major mudslide). The only alternative was a detour from I-80 onto CA-20 to Grass Valley, then CA-49 to Auburn. This would work, but was likely to be slow and crowded as a major freeway was being funneled into a two-lane mountain highway. To my relief, this evening Caltrans announced that they'd managed to clear the mudslide and that all lanes are now open again. I'm off to the Bay Area in the morning.