The Grand Tour Day 3

Woke at three in the morning. Went to hotel fitness room and walked one mile in thirty minutes at an incline of 2 on treadmill. Burnt 83 calories. About 15 percent of the wildberry pie ala mode.

Beautiful drive through Idaho to West Yellowstone just outside the park in Montana. Rocky mountains in distance to the right part of the way. Tall peaks, lots of snow in middle of summer. Too far away for a decent photo with my camera. Snake river on the left. Feeling good.

American Falls Wind Farm installation.

Passed the installation of a 44 turbine wind farm outside American Falls, Idaho. Looked like about a dozen installed so far. There w as a crane installing the third blade on one of them. Should be finished by end of 2011

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Grand Tour Day 2

Standing in front of a casino in Jackpot, Nevada. We have just lost $35.00 but we’re happy. In a few minutes we will be leaving Nevada and crossing into Idaho. Once into Idaho, we started seeing farms and more farms. In Nevada, all we saw was desert and casinos.

 

Burley, Idaho

Staying at the Marriott, Radison.

“It’s a Sunday, so, there are only two restaurants open in town.” I scratch my head.

I look at the menu and hear a voice in my head,  “Kundan, you’re not in California anymore.”

 

Very nice indoor pool with spa. All to ourselves. Swam laps, went in spa, back in pool, back in spa, back in pool.  Totally relaxed. A great way to finish a day of driving a car.

Tomorrow, Yellowstone.

Grand Tour Day One

Stopped in Truckee for lunch. Definitely a meat eater’s menu. But, hey, it is the Donner Pass.

A couple hours later at  a rest stop. (click on photo for enlargement.)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Donner Party (sometimes called the Donner–Reed Party) was a group of American pioneers who set out for California in a wagon train. Delayed by a series of mishaps, they spent the winter of 1846–47 snowbound in the Sierra Nevada. Some of the emigrants resorted to cannibalism to survive, eating those who had succumbed to starvation and sickness.