Great friends + road trip + Reno, NV = AWESOME WEEKEND!

I grew up here in NorCal and my parents would often pick us up from school on Friday and drive straight to Reno, NV for the weekend.

We often stayed at the Circus Circus hotel and obviously as kids we LOVED the Midway area. Games galore! Whenever we went on these spontaneous trips, my dad was always super generous. And by generous, I mean handing us money left and right to play games. Often he would even go to the carnival area and play the games with us. I remember this chicken flinging game…

I have GREAT memories of Reno, NV. Whether we were there for a car show (we never missed Hot August Nights, often we took one of my dads classic cars to show off) or just there for a quick weekend trip, it was NEVER a drag. My dad loved to gamble, and I remember him winning most of the time.

We ALWAYS ate at the steakhouse in Circus Circus called The Hickory Pit. I don’t believe it is called that anymore. We ordered the Prime Rib EVERY time.

I absolutely LOVE things that bring back super happy memories of my dad!!

Nostalgia.

This weekend was FULL of it. And it was good!

Some friends purchased a new car and had to pick it up in Reno. Therefore, they needed someone to take them to Reno. Our other friends offered to drive them. Either we invited ourselves or were invited to tag along…regardless of WHY we were going, we WERE going!!! Maybe we are cheap entertainment….

We shopped (AND shopped….AND SHOPPED) for HOURS.


This is why I can’t buy tall boots. I lack much distance between my bottom and feet. Although I must admit the UGG selection at this particular store was UH-MAZING!

Trish bought these and I was UBER-JEALOUS because I wanted the black ones and they didn’t have my size.

Hubs spoiled me with a hot new pair of jeans though. I can’t post the picture I have showing the jeans….

Then we got all dolled up to hit the town.

Me & Bry

Trish & Dave

Steve & Shannon

The whole crew

The girls…

The boys

Ooops, I meant to select this one…
 

We had pretty specific requirements for the evening.

1. TO HAVE FUN.

Ok, that was pretty much our only requirement. I may or may not have INSISTED that we go to Circus Circus.

We ate dinner at 11pm. Yes, 11pm.

Sometimes (ok, most of the time) I may be so whiney that I get my way….

We went to Circus Circus.

I FOUND THE CHICKEN GAME!

Yes, I got 1 out of about 8 chickens in a pot. I won a stuffed $100 bill. It was awesome.

We left Circus Circus shortly after I flung chickens across the room. We wanted to see other places.

We went across the street to the Silver Legacy. I should clarify that none of us are gamblers. We are ALL shoppers though. In case you didn’t know…

We walked around this casino looking at all the sights and flashing lights. We people watched. A couple of us decided to go out on a limb and put $5 into a penny slot machine. There are like 12 buttons you have to push in order to get the bar to pull down. It was complicated. I found this fabulous button that said repeat bet. I just pushed that over and over. Then as my huge amount was dwindling down, I selected the x20 per line button (or something like that). I won. It started dinging and flashing. I thought I may have hit a jackpot…I didn’t. I won $27. I was just as happy! I cashed out and was thrilled! My friend saw what button I pushed and she pushed that same button on her machine. She won also. She won $41. She cashed out as well. We were totally excited. We gambled for approximately 3 and a half minutes.

Then…..yes, then we went dancing!


(I have no idea what is happening here…)

The 6 of us danced and danced and danced. We LAUGHED until we cried. I think everyone should go dancing once in a while!

In fact, everyone should go to Reno once in a while. It was pretty much the best couples date night (and day) ever!