Gun Blogger Rendezvous III - Part Four
Sunday morning a few of us still in Reno got together for breakfast. After breakfast we headed out in different directions for some last minute sightseeing, shopping, and exploring. Phil and David (and a couple of other folks?) were off to see the car museum. (If you've never seen the Reno car museum, it's definitely worth seeing!) Joe, Barb, KeeWee and I had several stops planned.
Barb had heard about a big liquidator/overstock/remnant store in Reno that was worth checking out. It was kinda interesting, and I picked up a fly fishing book "Go-To Flies" by Tony Lolli. I contributed a bit when the book was originally put together, and it really is an excellent reference on flies that actually catch fish. No, I don't get a dime for plugging it.
......... on the road again!
When we pulled into the parking lot it was a bit mind-boggling to see just how big the store actually was. In the above picture I was a long ways back and full wide angle and I still couldn't get it all in the picture. It turns out it's 300,000 square feet, all in one building. To put that in perspective, an acre is 43,560 square feet! That figures out to 6.89 acres of floor space.
The parking lot was pretty full, and they even have a tram to shuttle you from the outer areas of the parking lot to the store entrance.
Just inside the main entrance is a huge aquarium/archway/portal that you walk through to get into the main part of the store. I'd guess it must be fifteen or twenty feet from column to column. Somewhere I read that it holds 16,000 gallons of water. In short, it's big, and it's spectacular!
After you have passed through the archway aquarium, you see the fully restored 1930's era ferris wheel in the center of the store. It's 65 feet high. If a building story is roughly ten feet, then it's six and a half stories high.
We were all getting hungry, so we hit the Scheel's restaurant first for some lunch. The food was good! After lunch we were off to explore.
All over the store there were displays of taxidermy, full size animated US presidents, and other stuff to grab your attention.
Barb and KeeWee headed off in one direction and Joe and I made a bee line for the gun department. It was well stocked and the prices were clearly marked.
On the second floor there was a huge taxidermy mountain. Very impressive!
Also on the second floor was a three car NASCAR racing simulator. The lineup was long to give it a try, or I would have been in one of those cars all day!
The cars were each mounted on hydraulics so they bumped, tipped and bounced around syncronised with what the car was doing.
After several hours at Scheel's we were starting to get worn out, and we still hadn't seen all of the store! We'll have to come back next year and see the rest of it......
After Scheel's it was back to the hotel to clean up a bit, then Mr. And Mrs. JimmyB, Joe, Barb, KeeWee and I headed out to dinner at a restaurant (The Brown Bear, or something like that?) that we had spotted in our travels. The dinner was good, but it was kinda sad to realize that the weekend was finally coming to an end. We had all had a wonderful time, saw some new sights, enjoyed each other's company, emptied brass, gained weight, met new folks, and raised over $2000 for Project Valour-IT. Each year the Rendezvous gets better, and this was definitely the best Rendezvous ever. I can hardly wait until next year!