Beginning of our 2017 Southwest Road Trip

Duke and I left today on a two week road trip. You can see a map of our planned route here.  

Today we drove from Reno to Las Vegas. We stopped for a picnic lunch in Tonapah. 


Tonapah has a fancy Tessa charging station that seemed a bit out of place in this small town in the middle of the Nevada desert. I guess if you want to drive from Reno to Las Vegas in your Tesla you need a place to charge your batteries. 

We decided that we would try to hike on most days of this trip. I spent some time during the last few weeks picking a hike for each day of the trip. I wasn’t sure we would be able to do the planned hike today. The temperature high for Las Vegas was predicted to be 102. When we turned off the highway towards the trailhead it was 99 but by the time we got to the trailhead up in the mountains it was 75, perfect hiking weather!  We hiked the Fletcher Canyon Trail in the Spring Mountains. It was a great hike. 3.2 miles was perfect after sitting in the car all day. 

There may not be many food pictures on this trip.  We ate in the Italian restaurant at the Westgate Casino/Hotel where we are staying. We enjoyed watching the Italian scenery being scrolled across the screens next to our table. 

Author: marionvermazen

I am a traveler, hiker, avid reader, Sun alumnus, computer geek, Spanish and French language student, knitter and genealogist. I am retired after working for almost 30 years in the Computer Industry. I live in Reno, Nevada with my husband Duke.

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