The Frozen Desert
May 10, 2014
This is a re-do of a photo that I took about 9 years ago. Bill and I took a two week trip and the long way to Reno, Nevada from Texas for the Safari Club International show in 2005. We went through some beautiful country and took our sweet time getting to Reno. It was such fun, and we so much enjoyed the American scenery along the way.
Bill had a brand new pickup and we were pulling a heavy box trailer full of cases for the SCI show, and the S.H.O.T show in Las Vegas that started 2 days after SCI.
It was freezing cold, we are somewhere south of Salt Lake City and the brand new truck broke. I mean it really broke. We are stranded in the middle of nowhere........about 97 miles from Elko, Nevada. It's dusk and the temps are frigid and the wind is howling to beat the band.
I'm not mechanical, so I couldn't tell you what happened with the truck, but thank goodness Bill is. He got out on the side of the tiny highway, diagnosed the problem. I gave him my gloves so his hands wouldn't go numb. He figured out what had happened and got a coke can and some wire to make it limp it into Elko.
While I was freezing in the truck, wrapped up in my heaviest coat, I stepped outside to take this shot of the frozen desert.
It took us about 2.5 hours to get the 97 miles to Elko, NV. We luckily found a giant truck stop there, and Bill was able to get enough "stuff" to fix the truck better, so it could make it into Reno. We arrived in Reno about 3:30 a.m. and were exhausted.
The next day was set up day for SCI. He & I unpacked the trailer for the SCI show, left the SHOT show product in the trailer. We then sat up the SCI booth by ourselves
The following day, his son and another worker from the company flew to Reno. They took the now semi-repaired "new" truck and trailer with the rest of the product onto Las Vegas (450 miles) to set up for the S.H.O.T. show. They had no issues with the "new" truck on that trip.
Bill and I worked the SCI show alone - that was a feat. At the end of SCI, we flew to Las Vegas, I spent about 4 hours at the S.H.O.T. show, then flew home to Dallas - I had to go back to work.
Bill stayed in Las Vegas for 4 more days to finish the SHOT show, then he, his son and the co-worker loaded everything up in the trailer, and hitched it to the "brand new" truck to drive back to Texas.
They broke down again in Phoenix. From Las Vegas to Phoenix it's 285 miles.
They went to a dealer to get parts and the dealer said, "this is a brand new truck and we don't have parts." So once again, Bill figured out how to make it work and they drove the broken/patched "new" truck more than 1,000 miles home to Dallas.
What an adventure! I'll never forget it, but I will also never forget what a beautiful scene the frozen desert was either.
Hope you enjoy this old photo.
I'm looking forward to alphabet Sunday tomorrow!
Have a wonderful day today my friends!