We headed for Reno and Christmas shopping last Friday. The roads were relatively clear, the sun was out and the snow was glistening from the mountains. We'd attempted this same trip on "Black Friday," but got about 20 miles from home before turning back...for the second time. We left town later than expected, got about 10 miles from town when it started to snow those really, big beautiful flakes. We knew it would only get worse the farther east we travelled, so we turned around and headed back to town. As we got closer to Quincy, the weather cleared and the sun came out and we started second-guessing ourselves. Really...how bad can it be??? We turned around and started off again. About 20 miles from town we got behind a group of cars going 35! The roads had snow on them but really...35!! So we opted to go another day.
That day came and this is the weather we had on the way over...it was really pretty.
While in Reno we bought Christmas gifts for the family and did a little shopping for us. It was actually fun to Christmas shop since it had started to snow lightly, made it feel like Christmas. We made a trip to R.C. Willey to look at their couches. We'd decided on a leather couch, with a sleeper for company, since fabric just doesn't work. Our dogs are often on the couch with us and fabric just doesn't stay clean. So we bought this one...on sale!!!
The trip home was a bit more challenging. We had left home late again because we opted to put the horses in before we left rather than when we got back. This is what we drove through... Red Rock is about 10 miles north of Reno, before CA and our cut off to Highway 70.
This picture is of the truck we followed through Sierra Valley. The roads were actually a bit better by the time we left Portola and were headed for Quincy.