Road Trip: Reno is still the “Biggest Little City in the World”

Some things never change.

I don’t get out much, but when I do, I try to make it big. We even got to enjoy a big whopper of a storm. Everything’s big in Reno. 

Yep, went to Reno last week. Hadn’t been for at least 30 years. Still there, still weird. And now, the capitol of absolute whatever you want sprawl.

It’s just that they don’t seem to have any kind of planning. They just kind of tack it on here, tack it on there. What was considered chic 25, 30 years ago is now gaudy and cheesy, but you know nostalgia – it’s all so historic, they don’t tear it down. They just tack on the new stuff, which will look equally gaudy and cheesy in another 25, 30 years.

Not that I have anything against gaudy and cheesy. I’m the woman who owns this:

People who own stuff like this should never talk about other people's choices.

People who own stuff like this should never talk about other people’s choices.

So who am I to poke fun?

My husband refused  to stop at the Pawn Shop T-shirt store to buy me a souvenir.

Now here’s an example of planning with a purpose – get yourself a t-shirt while you are waiting for “Most $ Loans” to be approved. 

This is a town with something for everybody.

Of course this is appropriate because you will need to have your spouse's name tatoo'd on your arm when you get out of the chapel. Or vice versa, it all depends on your priorities.

Of course this is appropriate because you will need to have your spouse’s name tatoo’d on your arm when you get out of the chapel. Or vice versa, it all depends on your priorities.

But I won’t make too much fun, because my family is probably going to be spending a lot more time in Nevada. No, not just because Chico is planning a sales tax increase – my kid thinks he’d like to attend University of Nevada, so we went to check it out. We were impressed.

This is the gateway to the college section of Reno. It's neat, you can walk in there across the busy boulevard below.

This is the gateway to the college section of Reno. It’s neat, you can walk in there across the busy boulevard below. 

What a beautiful campus. It’s huge, with old brick buildings, as well as examples of architecture from every period since. They were building a huge new wing when we got there. It looks like they put a lot of money into this college.

Having just fell off the turnip truck, we had a lot of trouble finding parking. We finally found 30 minute parking at the Admissions Office and left our car to take a quick walking tour of the  campus. 

I don't know what they are doing with this lot, but you can see the grand buildings in the background, just one section of the campus.

I don’t know what they are doing with this lot, but you can see the grand buildings in the background, just one section of the campus.

The rolling campus features a stadium, observatory, theaters, lots of dining opportunities. There seems to be a lot of interaction with the public, including a public health clinic. Posters heralded all kinds of activities open to the public.

Nice library building, open to the public.

Nice library building, open to the public.

The landscaping is beautiful.

There were a pair of swans here, and lots of ducks.

There were a pair of swans here, and lots of ducks.

Open space is plentiful here. You can see the thunder storm moving in there.

Open space is plentiful here. You can see the thunder storm moving in there.

They have lots of edifices. Old buildings.

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And new buildings.

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And then the storm hit, with - you guessed it - BIG rain drops.

And then the storm hit, with – you guessed it – BIG rain drops.

As the storm broke, we realized our 30 minutes were up anyway, and  scampered back to the car. The neighborhood along that side of the college was reminiscent of the college neighborhood here in Chico.

A once neat little neighborhood, probably built to house professors and other staff, has been towered in by the college. Most of the houses had turned into frat or party houses, with too many cars parked in a cement front lawn, lots of trash, old couches. Just like Chico!

A once neat little neighborhood, probably built to house professors and other staff, has been towered in by the college. Like Chico, some were well-kept, others had cemented the front yard in favor of parking and dumpsters, old couches piled on the front porch.

The next item on the itinerary was lunch. Reno is a restaurant town, great steakhouses and brew pubs all over the place. I’ll get back to that another time. 

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