Lay of the land travel blog

The Bonnieville Salf Flats stretch into the distance

A monument to the Enola Gay and the pursuit of peace

Wendover Will welcomes visitors to town

Do you want to get away from it all? Do you despise having neighbors? Are your favorite colors brown and gray? Then you will love Nevada.

I-80 across northern Nevada is 400 miles of nothing. Well, not exactly nothing. We did pass by three prisons. And every cross road, every truck stop, has a casino. Do I buy gas, or take a chance in the slot machines.

The landscape consists of range land surrounded by mountains. As we traveled east the mountains got higher and more rugged. The wind whipped across the range land, kicking up dust devils, swirling pillars of dust that moved across the land. We watched a few move toward the highway then jump to the other side of the road.

We were going to stop in Elko, Nev., but decided to press on another hundred miles to West Wendover on the Utah border. Cresting the hill overlooking the twin towns of West Wendover and Wendover, Utah, the sparkling white Bonneville Salt Flats spread to the horizon.

Tonight I realized the significance of being in Wendover. Today is the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Wendover is where the Enola Gay and its crew were based and where they trained. A monument stands in the center of town and the airplane hanger is on the edge of town.

Wendover-West Wendover are border towns. Casinos line the main street on the Nevada side of the border. Since casinos are the main attraction here, there is little worth seeing on the Utah side.

Distance traveled: 410 miles

Tomorrow: Utah

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