It was Hug Time when we got to Reno!

On our continuing travel saga from last weekend, Travel Man and I made the drive from the Oakland airport to Reno on Saturday at lunchtime.  We were on our way to see my Mom and Dad.  My Dad is having some chemo treatments as an outpatient, and we just wanted to give them some moral support.  My Mom’s blog-Joan on the Road explains all of the details of the treatments.  Take a look at her stories and you’ll get the jist of what they have been going through.  My Dad’s been  battling his lung cancer and some complications for over 2 years now.  He is a shining example of perseverance, and refuses to give up or give in.  The best thing that has happened to me this year to date,  was seeing my Dad this past weekend.  His coloring was so much healthier looking, and he is getting his appetite back.  I just love, love, love seeing my Dad feeling better.

The road to Reno was delightful.  It was a rainy Saturday, but I had never traveled on this stretch of I-80, so I was glad to be the passenger taking pictures.  Here are a few of my favorites along the way.

A cool bridge!

The local Ikea!

The highlight of this drive was the trip over Donner Summit at 7200 feet up in the mountains.  We stopped and got a great picture of Donner Lake, and a few other sites!

The worldly travellers.


The train tracks through the mountain

Donner Lake

A snow plow - what an unusual sight.

The views were really great all the way through the mountains.  When we got to Reno we checked into our hotel, and then I called my parents to let them know we had arrived.  We quickly got over to their hotel, and that’s when I gave them the HUGS.  No better medicine than a good hug to soothe your soul.  My Mom and I got a little teary-eyed, as we hadn’t seen each other in about three weeks.  That’s a long time for us.  I gave my Dad a huge hug and told him how great he’s looking. 

Everyone was hungry so we headed to PF Changs for dinner.  My Mom and Dad have taken up residence at the PF Changs during their stay in Reno. My Dad lovesssss the crab wontons, and we had a really great dinner.  Too much food of course, but wonderful company and conversation.  I’m so glad Travel Man and I were able to get this trip put together, just for the hugs.

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  2. Elaine says:

    Hurray! I’m so happy to read all this! So excited about your dad!!! Great pictures….Donner Summit is beautiful! Thanks for sharing. : )

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