The Utah-Nevada Border Inn

The Utah-Nevada Border Inn

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 …

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

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

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 …

The bar you can camp at in Baker, Nevada

The bar you can camp at in Baker, Nevada

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 …

Driving the Loneliest Road in America: Hwy 50 across Nevada

Driving the Loneliest Road in America: Hwy 50 across Nevada

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 …

Reno isn’t Las Vegas

Reno isn’t Las Vegas

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 …

Goodbye for the Third Time, Death Valley

Goodbye for the Third Time, Death Valley

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 …

Business Expense: Hooters

Business Expense: Hooters

DrivingInertia.com 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 …

Barack Obama Lowers Gas Prices (For Us)

Barack Obama Lowers Gas Prices (For Us)

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 …

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

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

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 …

Searching for Happy Hour Deals in Las Vegas

Searching for Happy Hour Deals in Las Vegas

Finding a decent happy hour deal in Las Vegas is getting to be as difficult as winning big at the casinos. You can pay pretty much as much as you want for a drink, or you can pay basically nothing. Here’s what we found: Drink …

Charlie Palmer Tries To Mr. Hankey On Our Christmas At Aureole

Charlie Palmer Tries To Mr. Hankey On Our Christmas At Aureole

Las Vegas is different now. I interned at UNLV one summer nearly a decade ago and got to know the city pretty well. I shopped at the grocery store where there were shootings. I bought tacos alongside prostitutes on their lunch breaks. I got to …

The Definitive Guide to Slot Machine Winning

The Definitive Guide to Slot Machine Winning

If you can recreate this … or make sense of it … you’ll be rich. Our Vegas gambling budget is very, very low. We’re only spending $1 a day. Only $1. The theory being that if we’re going to luck-out, then it’ll just happen – …