In what is now an annual tradition, we spent Russell's birthday weekend away from home in Reno, Nevada. We chose Reno because we were fortunate to have been given a free room by Jenny's college friend Christine. After a 5-hour driving ordeal through the Sierra Nevada mountains, we arrived at the Peppermill Hotel & Casino, one of the newest properties in Reno.
Except for a brief jaunt to Circus Circus, we basically did not leave the hotel during our 2-night stay in Reno. There were plenty of restaurants, entertainment, and of course, a huge heated swimming pool to keep up busy. At night after putting the kids to sleep, I took about an hour each night to play the slot machines and keno (for the first time).
From my perspective, the trip was a success. Everyone had fun and we enjoyed hanging out with Jenny's friend Christine and her family. I must admit that I really do miss hanging out at casinos every now and then.
The iconic entrance to Reno sign
The entrance to the Peppermill Hotel & Casino
Jenny makes a toast to our friends at the Oceana Restaurant at the Peppermill
Our suite at the Peppermill
Punky tries his hand at driving a video game while holding onto his dinosaur
Russell rides the Harley video game
The Brewster Boys underneath the elephant at Circus Circus
The Brewster Boys are all smiles before heading out for the pool