National Parks: Traveling Down the Highway

Sunday, August 29, 2021

I’m sure you will be glad to know that I actually slept okay last night. 😊 I didn’t have the usual travel dreams of waking up late, forgetting an important document, or missing the flight. Ended up waking up with the alarm.

Spent the morning doing last minute chores. The mowers were supposed to come yesterday but finally showed up this morning. Checked in with Delta and got our boarding passes. At noon, it was time to go meet our airport transportation. Being Sunday, the traffic to the airport was not as awful as it usually is. Even so, letting someone else do that drive to the airport is better than doing it ourselves.

When we got to the airport, we went to the CLEAR kiosk and a nice attendant helped us finish our enrollment. Hope it helps with the lines tomorrow. Sometimes we get selected for TSA pre-check but we didn’t this time. Guess the shoes will be coming off.

Then, we hit our first SNAFU. The airport hotel had said the shuttle will run once or twice every hour. We sat outside and waited. And waited. And waited. Called the hotel and the front desk said it would be 15 minutes. Fifteen minutes passed and still no shuttle. We finally asked another hotel shuttle driver who was taking people to a hotel near ours if he would drop us off. He said “sure.” Finally, arrived. Hope that was the last SNAFU of the trip.

When we told the front desk attendant that the shuttle had not shown by 20 after, she was very apologetic and said she would be speaking to him. She got us checked in quickly. The room is comfortable, clean, and cool.

We walked to the Ruby Tuesday that was just down the road. Two Angry Orchards later and I was no longer ticked off at the long wait to get to the hotel. Enjoyed a dinner of a shared spinach dip with chips. I had the salad bar for the entrée and Chuck had the chicken tenders. Walked back to the hotel and the front desk attendant said “Ooh, that looks like the I’m going to bed walk.” Not quite but not too far off the mark.

One day of travel down. Tomorrow is flight day. Have to catch the shuttle at 8:00. If it is not ready to go, Uber will be.

I used to worry about weather issues, getting airsick or being seated by a screaming baby. As the years have gone by, I’ve added more to my worry list. Now, I have added people doing stupid stuff – not getting off their phone, getting drunk, fighting, and even – can you believe it – lighting up a cigarette (recently happened on a flight from Ft. Lauderdale). I sometimes feel like I am living in Bizarro world. Please everyone, let’s just all follow the rules and get to Vegas safely.

Travel Trivia

Nevada – The Silver State

American Indians of the Paiute, Shoshone, and Washoe tribes inhabited what is now Nevada. The first Europeans to explore the region were Spanish.

On March 2, 1861, the Nevada Territory separated from the Utah Territory and adopted its current name, shortened from The Sierra Nevada (Spanish for “snow-covered mountain range”).

It became the 36th state on October 31, 1864, after telegraphing the Constitution of Nevada to the Congress days before the November 8 presidential election (the largest and costliest transmission ever by telegraph). Statehood was rushed to help ensure three electoral votes for Abraham Lincoln’s re-election and add to the Republican congressional majorities.

In 1940, with a population of just over 110,000 people, Nevada was by far the least-populated state, with less than half the population of the next least-populous state, Wyoming. However, legalized gambling and lenient marriage and divorce laws transformed Nevada into a major tourist destination in the 20th century.

The tourism industry remains Nevada’s largest employer, with mining continuing as a substantial sector of the economy. Nevada is the fourth-largest producer of gold in the world.

Used as a flight-testing facility, Area 51, is a U.S. Airforce Military installation located at Groom Lake in southern Nevada. This area has been linked to various speculations including UFO sightings and alien autopsies.

U.S. Route 50 cuts directly across the center of the state of Nevada and includes the section nicknamed “The Loneliest Road in America.” The highway’s 408 miles traverses desert, mountain valleys and otherwise uninhabited areas known for their high boredom factor among long-haul drivers.

The Great Basin National Park is notable for its groves of ancient bristlecone pines. One of the species of this pine tree is more than 5,000 years old, making it the oldest known individual of any species.

One of the largest cultural and arts events in the U.S., the Burning Man festival, takes place each year in the Black Rock Desert. The festival draws more than 50,000 atendees and was first held in 1986.

  • Trivia provided by Wikipedia and other Nevada tourism sites

Author: mmmtravelmemories

A retired college administrator who loves to travel. I write to remember the experiences and, I hope, to inspire others to make their own travel memories.

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