|There's not really much to be said for Nevada. It's hot, it's dry, and it's kind of ugly if you have a preference for seeing things growing. It has a lot of sage brush, but not much else. There was some amusement in seeing tumbleweeds when we stopped at a rest stop, and we saw some dust devils, and even got caught in a brief (thank goodness!) dust storm, but I am more a fan of forests than deserts. We were surprised in crossing the border into Nevada (entering at a town called Jackpot) to see that within yards of the border there were casinos. Seriously. I don't think I have ever crossed a state border anywhere where there is even anything at all right at the border, but in Nevada there is a tiny town with a couple of casinos. It was dusk when we entered Nevada, and dark (and raining, oddly enough) by the time we reached our hotel, and every town we passed through was like a mini Las Vegas. Neon lights and casinos. I guess nothing else grows out there in the desert. There were even slot machines in the grocery store where we went to replenish our food supplies for the drive - I am no gambler, as I don't see any point in paying money to play a game I am not going to win (I am just not lucky enough for games of chance), but J and I played the slots in the grocery store just because I thought it was funny that they were there. We lost $2.00 between the two of us, but then I found a penny in the parking lot, so I felt that some of our losses had been ameliorated. Frankly, I don't see the appeal of gambling after wasting my 4 quarters, but I still think it's funny to play the slots at the grocery store. Other than that we did nothing but drive (and I was still riding in the back seat because we thought it would be very mountainous, which it wasn't) - there was nowhere interesting to go between where we were and where we wanted to be, and by the end of the day we were in California, seeing palm trees and smog (yes, you can actually see the smoggy brown haze on the horizon. Bleh), eating at In N Out Burger, and humming Beach Boys songs. So, greetings from California!