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Another small waterfall out in the middle of nowhere along our way south from Twin Falls.

Gas was back up to $3.199 here in Jerome last night.  Oh they do have lower priced gas, but it is only 85 octane instead of the 87 offered in all other western states.  So we opt for the mid range for at least a dime a gallon more.

 

Up early today for a very long drive.  From Twins Falls, Idaho to Reno, Nevada is only a 6 hour drive of about 450 miles, but if we take a slight detour and go south to Austin, Nevada and then west we can go by the “Shoe Tree” that we passed on our vacation last summer but didn’t stop to take pictures.  It has bugged me ever since so I have decided to right the wrong and go by again.  This time we will stop and I will take some pictures.  Of course, that is assuming that it is still there and no one cut it down or it fell over, or who knows what other horrible thing could have happened to it.

 

So we are off on what we know will be over a 500 mile day.

This tunnel was closed to traffice. They made us go all the way around the mountain.
  At least 8 hours of driving, on roads that we know nothing about, through areas that could be slow, winding or tough, mountain, unpaved, or who knows what.  My GPS system has told me in advance that it expects us to be on the road nearly nine hours.  And the other item that we will have to take into effect is the road construction that we have had every day of our trip.  Some have caused delays of nearly a half an hour waiting for a pilot car on a one lane construction zone.

 

Okay, things don’t sound really great at this point, but let me change the reality.  The roads were good, the traffic was extremely light, and the GPS must have not known that the speed limits in Nevada are higher than 60 mph. 

 

By only a little more than an hour past noon we are the 62 miles west of Austin, Nevada where the “Shoe Tree” or “Sneaker Tree” is located. 

 

Not only is the tree still there but there are people there trying to add to the hundreds of pairs in the tree.

Luckily, that meant only about a five minute delay, because the road went out about a mile and thru a canyon for a mile and then back to the highway.
  And from this close viewpoint you can also see that in the small dry creek where the tree grows there are also lots of pairs of shoes that have either fallen or dropped when the branch they were on broke off due to too much weight.

 

As the pictures show, there are shoes hanging from branches, over branches, and even from other shoes.

 

I was thrilled that I had finally gotten to return and get new pictures of this special tree. 

 

From there it was a fast, straight run into Reno, where we arrived at about 3:30.

 

We are staying at the Grand Sierra Resort for the next two nights.  Dinner with the boys here at the great buffet they have.

Can you make out the face of those mountains look like they have been scraped of some ore.
Still just as good as ever.

 

Ya know what, I've lost track of how many waterfalls we have seen, and between taking more than one picture of most and the Thousand Springs area yesterday in southern Idaho it’s almost impossible to get an accurate count so I'm gonna drop that part of my blog. Sorry.  Of course its way more than I would have ever thought before we left, but all of them have added another little "ouuuu" or "ahhhhh" as we saw it. 

 

 

 

 

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