A full bottle of sunscreen later and we're home from Nevada. I had almost forgotten what it felt like to need a blanket at night. The entire trip was basically a non-stop collection of lakes, kicks, and sci-fi. It was really great to see how much beauty Nevada had to offer outside of smokey casinos and Dudes on the strip in Vegas. It turns out Nevada is quite a lovely place to visit.
Somehow we managed to go to four different lakes, three of which I stood in and one of which we swam in.
1. Lake Tahoe
2. Walker Lake
3. Lake Mead
I'll give you three chances to guess the one we swam in. I'll give you a hint - it might be the one that looks closest to raw sewage. Yummy! To Lake Mead's credit, it was very windy and dusty that day. From a long view, it almost looks like we were bathing in the Mediterranean.
I have never been to the Mediterranean but I can only assume that in parts of it there are are pyramid type rock formations and certainly some dust.
I am crippled by an internal struggle to define my favorite body of water type. Most days I can't decide between lakes and the ocean but then there's all those rivers to consider. And what of the ponds? And the puddles? Crud...I just found this list too. Now I'm even more confused.
Anyhoo, back in Nevada [the 36th state to enter the Union, in case you were wondering], we also collected photos of my brother, Peter, karate kicking all over the place. Not only did it provide photographic entertainment, but it must have also improved his flexibility.
As I'm sure you noticed, the lakes and kicking sometimes intersected providing us with double the excitement. No husbands were harmed in the creating of these images.
When we met up with my other brother, Joe, in Las Vegas, the kicking died down and a new sci-fi streak started up. First of all, Joe is working on his Masters in Engineering focusing on solar energy at UNLV. We got a tour of the research lab and despite the fact that we were looking at some of the most cutting edge solar energy technology in the country, I couldn't help but think it looked a little bit like 1950s sci-fi.
I have a confession to make. I looked really hard for actual clips from 1950s science fiction but it yielded no accurate results. These are both images of real life science from the 50s. I'm hoping you'll understand my point and not think me too much of a fraud.
In addition this this real-world science lesson, we finally got to see Star Trek. I tried so hard not to get psyched out by the fact that the entire world loves this movie but it turned out unnecessary because it was SO AWESOME! I don't want to leak any spoilers, but these things might have something to do with the plot: