Mono Lake has a very impressive visitor center,
|No, I don't know who those people are [g].|
The lake itself is beautiful, in an extremely austere way.
|From the patio behind the visitor center. The beige things in the water are tufa formations, which are a kind of rock that forms in water this full of chemicals.|
|And another view. The lake is many times as chemically saturated as the Great Salt Lake.|
|The building is an old schoolhouse.|
|I've never seen an upside-down building before.|
We arrived in Reno in time for a late lunch (just fast food), and then visited our first quilt shop of the trip. Both of us walked out with fabric, and I found a couple of patterns, too. Then we went to the strip and found the con hotel. It took a bit of maneuvering and figuring out how things worked, but we finally did, and found ourselves in the lap of luxury, for about $20 more a night than we'd paid for that tent cabin in Yosemite. We went to register for the World Science Fiction convention, held in Reno's convention center, which looked very retro-sixties but was air-conditioned, which was all that mattered at that point.
It was in the 90s and single-digit humidity the whole time we were in Reno. I've never felt so much like a potato chip in my life.