Browsing Category "Nevada"
Lisa gambles one last dollar at the Border Inn before succumbing to strict chastity in Utah.

The Utah-Nevada Border Inn

By     |    Aug 23, 2012
Posted in: Nevada, Utah     |    No Comments

The Border Inn sits just outside Baker, Nevada along Highway 50. It straddles the border … literally. On the Nevada side, you can get a breakfast beer, play a slot machine, and buy coffee. On the Utah side, you can fill up on gasoline or rent a motel room. It’s a good illustration of how porous our state laws are. Don’t like the Boston sales tax? Do your shopping a few […]

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Wheeler Peak.

Great Basin National Park: From Underground to the Top of the World in Two Hours

By     |    Aug 23, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Nevada, Parks     |    1 Comment

Like Guadalupe National Park, Great Basin National Park is an island in the middle of the desert. The Great Basin desert, to be exact. Great Basin National Park covers part of the Snake Range, a mountain range running close to the Nevada/Utah border, and the tallest point is Wheeler Peak, at 13,063 feet. At treeline on Wheeler Peak and a few other high points you can find Bristlecone Pine trees […]

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The cash register of a great bar -- note the bullets.

The bar you can camp at in Baker, Nevada

By     |    Aug 22, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Nevada     |    No Comments

Drive Highway 50 long enough across Nevada, and you’ll eventually end up near Baker, Nevada (you’ll have to detour south about two miles on Highway 487).  Baker is the gateway to Great Basin National Park (more to come on that). But let’s stop first in Baker. Baker isn’t much of a town, it just seems to exist because Great Basin National Park exists and every park needs its gateway city. […]

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A huge, flat valley.

Driving the Loneliest Road in America: Hwy 50 across Nevada

By     |    Aug 22, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Drives, Nevada     |    No Comments

The Loneliest Road in America: Highway 50, east from Reno straight across Nevada. At least, as straight across Nevada as is possible. You very quickly get into a rhythm on Highway 50. Cross broad, flat valley, climb mountain range, descend mountain range, cross broad, flat valley. The rhythm lulls you into a kind of peaceful, meditation-y state. The few diversions stand out like welcome mirages. The road is a smooth […]

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Reno at night.

Reno isn’t Las Vegas

By     |    Aug 21, 2012
Posted in: Nevada     |    No Comments

Las Vegas, when it dresses up, pretends it’s another city — New York, Venice, Rome, Paris, ancient Egypt, Circus-ville, Strato-opolis. Reno, when it dresses up, pretends it’s Las Vegas, old-timey Las Vegas. I find this tremendously endearing. It’s just so … precious, so cute, like a younger sibling copying its big brother or sister. But it’s a bit more down-and-dirty. I got panhandled while buying coffee in the morning inside […]

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Paul on the moon.

Goodbye for the Third Time, Death Valley

By     |    Mar 16, 2012
Posted in: California, Nevada, Parks     |    No Comments

We went back to Death Valley for the third time, a place we said we wouldn’t visit again on this trip, at least until we got a more rugged version of our Toyota Sienna (lift kit, anyone?). But it was a place that I still thought about, endlessly, and I’m so happy we had a chance to return. We managed to find plenty of new things to see, along with […]

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Hooter's ... home of one more dubious business expense.

Business Expense: Hooters

By     |    Mar 15, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Nevada     |    1 Comment is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Prolonged Insult, LLC, my web-publishing-and-consulting company (formerly my failed user-generated literature site). Prolonged Insult, LLC is incorporated in the Cayman Islands for tax purposes and is itself owned by Avast Assets Corp, a 501(c) non-profit organization that aims to make the world more internety. Avast Assets Corp is a registered corporation in Belize because of its fixed dollar conversion rate (2:1 = easy, sleazy accounting). Prolonged Insult, […]

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obama yelling

Barack Obama Lowers Gas Prices (For Us)

By     |    Mar 7, 2012
Posted in: Nevada, Travel     |    3 Comments

Barack Obama, president of the most powerful country on earth and the primary cause of the world’s economic troubles, took bold action today lowering our gas prices from $4.49 per gallon to $3.49 as we crossed the California border and entered into Nevada. Why he took this action for only us is unclear. However, as the sole puppet-master behind the global petroleum market, we thank him. It is also unclear whether the […]

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Leave the car behind and explore!

The Best of Death Valley: Artist’s Drive

By     |    Jan 5, 2012
Posted in: Nevada     |    10 Comments

Most people zip through the few-mile-long Artist’s Drive on their way to the “destination” spots in Death Valley, like Badwater or Furnace Creek.  We spent the equivalent of one full day on the drive and suggest anyone looking to get away from the crowds and find some amazing scenery do the same.  Artist’s Drive cuts through the heart of some of the best badlands in Death Valley.  We stopped often, […]

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Stone wall, missing its top.

Photos of Rhyolite, Nevada, Death Valley’s Best Ghost Town

By     |    Jan 4, 2012
Posted in: Nevada     |    1 Comment

Rhyolite was a boom town thanks to a successful gold mine. A series of uncontrollable financial disasters led the town to ruin though the mine wasn’t depleted until the late ’90s. Many of the original buildings were moved to new towns. Others were stripped of their precious construction materials, especially the wood. Wood was rare and very expensive to get in the the desert. Textures of Decay Paul became fascinated with the […]

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