"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."
The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It
This autumn has been busy. I have traveled... a lot. I had to. I couldn't sit and listen to the noise any longer. Call it a coping method, call it saving my life. Our vacation was from the middle of October, to the middle of November, and honestly, without it, I don't know if I would be sitting here typing this! But we won't dwell on the sadness. I am okay, and managing my depression nicely. It's a one day at a time process. The holidays are a nice distraction, and I always have my camera by my side.
I want to talk about Reno, Nevada. Reno, was a much more pleasant experience than Virginia City! It always is! Reno has a ton of public art, and gorgeous tree lined streets, and neon lights that make the place come alive! And if that isn't enough there is just enough seedy adventure to put a smile on one's face. Not that I have done anything particularly seedy mind you, but with marquees that read, "Never Enough Ballroom" on an actual ballroom dance studio, what else is there to do? You smile!
And then there is the gambling. Alan and I did a little bit while we were there, and came away ahead of the game, Blackjack, both times! It was a fun time, and it was needed. We didn't win a million dollars or anything, but we did have a very nice meal or two! And we got to visit, briefly, with whoever played along with us at the table. A casino is a great place to be anonymous sometimes. Everyone is pretty much in their own world, and at the same time, whether you are losing or winning, you are connected.
The Biggest Little City is a true alternate reality.
Anyway, our trips to Reno were about photography, and a little fun gambling, and getting lost in the crowd, and it was amazing. But it was the autumn beauty around town that stands out in my memories. It was gorgeous! Breathtaking really! I know it will continue to be a favorite destination this time of year!
I can't wait to go back and photograph it this winter!
Leaf Of The Day
December 6th 2016