May 25th, 2018

SMOF License

Wendover Ho

I was able to get away from work after lunch and we got on the road before 1 PM. Lisa drove and I read from the latest issue of Classic Trains while we headed east on I-80. We ended the day at the other side of the state. Other people come to Reno for the resorts and game. Us, we went to Wendover.

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During today's trip, we encountered some pretty nasty weather at times. This morning while I was working, I heard knocking at the front door, which turned out to be the first of several bands of hail followed by heavy rain. Similar wild weather was all around us during the drive today.

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It's Memorial Day Weekend, so what could be more natural than to have dinner at the Coffee Garden at the Red Lion Hotel? (People who attended BayCon in the Goode Olde Days will understand this reference.) Oh, wait a minute...

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This weekend's trip is not primarily a railfan excursion, but we did get a few bits of train viewing done. As we left Elko, we paused at the Northeastern Nevada Railport, where Lisa got a picture of their switching locomotive. (I'll post that later, as it's on a different device than I have right now.)

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West Wendover NV, as befits its primary purpose as a place where the people of Northern Utah can come to gamble legally, is on Mountain Time, not Pacific Time as most of the rest of the state is. Thus we lose an hour tonight.

We set out on this trip not precisely sure where we would be going other than Wendover for the first night. We had options on Ely and the Nevada Northern railroad or the "Heber Creeper" east of Salt Lake City, but we've decided on a third option, about which I'll write more tomorrow.