road trip part three – smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette.

This post really has nothing to do with cigarettes but it does have too do with smoke – Forest fire smoke. I only mentioned cigarettes because I had that old song in my head after I typed ‘smoke, smoke’.

Our plans for the trip included exploring the area around Reno, Nevadaand taking in some of the history of that part of our country. I was especially interested in the story of the pioneer Donner party expedition. A couple of bad decisions and some questionable expertise on the part of their guides ended up in a tragedy after they were trapped by an eventaul accumulation of 20 feet of snowfall.
Our first stop on our Interstate 80 trip across the Sierra-Nevada mountains was at the Donner Memorial, now a state park.

donner memorial

The visit was a sombering experience and led me to keep an eye out for snowflakes while we toured the park but luckily, none were forthcoming.

Getting back to the smoke, we continued on towards Reno. The scenery along this stretch of I-80 is spectacular although on this day it was tempered somewhat by a haze which I attributed to California smog.

Donner Lake

Donner Lake

The sunrise that greeted the next morning also showed that same haze.

the view from Circus Circus.

the view from Circus Circus.

We spent that day taking in some of the history around the Comstock Lode but by afternoon, the haze was getting worse, turning out to be caused by the beginnings of a massive fire in the Yosemite National park area. By the next morning the blaze had really taken hold, obliterating the morning’s sunrise.

smoke

The smoke was giving Susie’s nose fits so we altered our plans and hightailed it back to Sacramento.

smoky I-80

I could go on and on but I think you get the idea. It was quite an experience for us mid-westerners and one I’m glad we don’t have to deal with in Indiana.

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About geetwo

I am a 69 year old (in 2009) retired I.T. consultant. My wife, Susie and I travel in an RV 6 to 8 months a year. I write a humor / travel column for several print publications on a weekly basis.
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