We've got snow outside (4,750ft) ! Possible skiing this weekend!
A blog I started whilst on a GE "Bubble" assignment in Nevada. I'm back in Cambridge (UK) now but still miss the desert and my friends out there.
Throughout the week I'd been pretty well briefed on Thanks Giving by Dave and Scott. The idea is to eat and chill out (and take a moment to be generally thankful). I must say I liked the idea of it very much, and the reality of it too - I think this is a holiday we should adopt in England too. People here get the last Thursday and Friday of November off, though they must spend some hours cooking, some moments being thankful and then the rest of 4 days chilling out (often watching sport, sometimes shopping; likely a male/female split on that one).
Kathryn gave me an excellent Nut Roast receipe, my contribution for Thanks Giving at Dave's.
Late Monday night Amy caught me shopping having not managed to eat yet. She was so horried that she insisted I go for dinner on tuesday.
I'd planned to run the 13 miles from Kingsbury to Spooner and cycle back but ran out of time. Instead I just drove up Kingsbury and went for a little trot, probably 5 or 6 miles. Very nice up there. Peaceful but more people about than you usually see on the Rim Trail, I think this is the easiest section of all.
Had some fun getting some training at Cooper.com today (in Design Communication). Sorry Dave wasn't with us.
Trying to figure out how to 'do' San Francisco in a day is a bit much. We opted for quite an early start.
Ann Marie made us a splendid breakfast at the Blackberry Inn. Vegetarians and wheat free diets all easily catered for. Very interesting retired couple at breakfast too. They had travelled all over the place and told us a lot about Butan and a load of other exotic destinations. They must have been very wealthy but regardless, were very interesting.
We didn't bother with an early start but had a casual breakfast at the Wawona Hotel somewhat disturbed by the workman under the building drilling and banging so much so you could feel it. Unsurprisingly as we left we found them taking a break. Work like that must only be fun when you are jarring people who have paid a fortune for a hotel room as they eat their expensive breakfast. I recommend camping around here, the local shop is very geared up to supporting camping and even sells coffee!
Despite the best intentions we got up a bit late and wandered down for an ok breakfast at the food court of the lodge. We bought a few supplies for our day hike and then gave a lot of thought to hiking up The 4 Mile Trail to Glacier point. It is apparently a bit of a trudge up 3,000ft on asphalt. Our waiter from the evening before had said in rather camp fashion, "why walk when you can drive?". We had dismissed this thought but with one thing and another we decided to take a relaxed drive up to Glacier point.
Not much time to chill out before we had to pack for the rest of our journey, leaving minden now. We had a breakfast at Bently and I introduced Kathryn to my workplace (I think she was impressed, especially with the breakfast).
On the way back from Wildcat cabin we decided to go back to Virginia City for another look around. Mark Twain worked there for a while on the local newspaper of this goldrush town and there is a museum in his honor there. Although it had loads of interesting stuff there, nothing much was labelled and very little attempt was made at telling a story, quite disappointing.
We hiked from the cabin somewhat east until, after some scrambling, scratched legs and doubts of where we were (and what lives amongst those rocks up ahead), we eventually came upon the rim trail. Glorious views from up here...