NAVY NUCLEAR WEAPONS ASSOCIATION
OCTOBER 5TH - 10TH 2014
We will stay at
THE RAMADA RENO HOTEL AND CASINO
1000 E 6th St, Reno, NV 89512
Reservations 775-786-5151 or 800 2 RAMADA (800-272-6232)
ABOUT THE RAMADA RENO
A stay at Ramada Reno Hotel and Casino places you in the heart of Reno, convenient to Reno Livestock Events Center and National Automobile Museum. This casino hotel is within close proximity of Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts and Central Library.
Make yourself at home in one of the 260 air-conditioned guestrooms. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while video-game consoles and cable programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and blackout drapes/curtains, as well as phones with free local calls and voice mail.
Try your luck at the casino and enjoy other recreational amenities including a 24-hour fitness facility and a seasonal outdoor pool. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, an arcade/game room, and gift shops/newsstands.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Featured amenities include a business center, express check-out, and dry cleaning/laundry services.
A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available 24 hours).
Ramada Reno room rates are $54.99 plus 13% room tax, or a total of $62.14 for the King and Double Rooms. Mini Suites are available at $74.99 plus 13% room tax, or a total of $84.74. FYI, Reno sales tax is 7.725%. These rates are available three days prior to and three days following the reunion. Smokers rooms are available upon request. Upon making reservations via the service phone number above, you may ask for hotel-airport shuttle service if you know your scheduled arrival. You may make those arrangements later when your travel is scheduled, if you wish
Each room has a coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and iron board, alarm clock/radio, TV, and WIFI. Each room also receives up to 2 free Breakfast vouchers per night for a sumptuous breakfast buffet. Limited numbers of refrigerators are available for an additional charge of $10.00 per day; no charge if there is a medical need.
We have reserved a 2500 square foot room for our Hospitality Room and an additional 1200 square feet for our Memorabilia Display and meetings. These will be available all day, every day except during the business meeting and during the Dinner Dance. On Friday we have a large room on the seventeenth floor overlooking the city and mountains for our dinner dance. What follows is a general overview of our reunion.
Arrival day. Guests check into the hotel and with the reunion committee. There will be a small buffet dinner provided in the evening in the hospitality suite.
At 1000, Welcome all, meet and greet old shipmates. Introduction of first-timers. Discussion of reunion daily events and schedules. The NNWA President, Mike Snyder, will present an audio-visual show on the history of the Navy Nuclear Weapons Program. The NNWA Board of Directors meeting will convene following the meet and greet. The afternoon is free to converse with old friends, review the memorabilia, take in the sites, or put your feet up and relax over snacks and drinks. The evening will feature a dinner in the hospitality suite.
We will travel to Virginia City. Enroute we will stop at Gold Hill, site of Nevada’s first Hotel and Gold Mill. This is followed by a train ride through American Flats and its gold mine then on to Virginia City. Busses will take us to the old Federal Mint and the local Church Museum. For those who wish, there will be shuttle busses to take us up to Main St. to view the local color, souvenir-shop, and wet your whistle at the watering holes. About two hours later the busses will ferry us up to Pipers Opera House for a show and an all home-made dinner.
The main course dinner menu is:
- Rosemary Roasted Pork Loin
- Baked Chicken
- Sautéed Apples
- Roasted Seasonal Vegetables tossed with white truffle oil
- Garlic Mashed Potatoes with gravy
- Tossed Green Salad
- Assorted Rolls and Garlic bread
For desert there will be:
Pumpkin bread pudding with dried cranberries and a spiced rum sauce
White chocolate lemon curd bread pudding with a raspberry sauce
Diabetics may request Home-made New York style Cheese cake baked especially for them.
We will visit the nearby National Automobile Museum and the Museum of Art followed by a Dinner Show at one of the Casinos.
We take a bus trip to view the spectacular eastern slope of the Sierra Mountains and beautiful Lake Tahoe. A side trip will take us to Truckee and the Donner Museum where you will learn about the ill-fated Donner Party of Pioneers and their terrible winter of 1846 – 1847. There will be additional stops like at Tahoe City, Kings Beach, and a bridge overlook where huge trout may be viewed. The tour will include a stop for lunch. This will be a full day.
At 0900 NNWA members and ladies, should they wish to attend, will meet in the Hospitality Room to conduct our annual business meeting. We will honor our fallen, present the status of the Association, and elect a new slate of officers. As usual, our Service Officer will bring us up on the latest legislative and Veterans Affairs that are relevant. The afternoon is free for visiting and wandering. In the evening we will join on the 17th floor in our “finest” to enjoy the dinner dance. By popular request, we will have a DJ provide music vice a live band. Everyone polled thought a DJ was more controllable in volume and music selections.
Diner choices are:
- Chicken Marsala: Tender breast of chicken seared and smothered with classic brown sauce garlic and marsala wine.
- Rib Eye Steak: USDA choice Rib Eye grilled to perfection and served with steak butter.
- Seafood Fettuccine: Fresh seafood in a butter garlic sauce with spinach and sun dried tomatoes.
- Vegetable Platter: Assorted grilled seasonal vegetables nestled in fettuccine.
All entrees are accompanied by salad, rolls, and seasonal vegetables, with the chef’s choice of starch servings and dessert. Water, coffee (regular and decaf) and iced tea will be served.
(Diabetic specialties are available on request)
NOTE TO THE MEMBERS:
At this writing, 21 March 2014, the hotel arrangements are finalized. The overall plan and schedule of events are completed. The final costs for tours, trips, and admissions are still being negotiated. We expect all events and arrangements to be finalized with prices available by the end of April, with the possible exception of identifying the Thursday evening dinner show. The casinos and hotels have not yet set their bookings. We will post all arrangements on the website as soon as they are known. Our May-June mid-year newsletter will have all the prices and options available on the printed and website reservation form.
The Board of Directors of the Navy Nuclear Weapons Association invites all our members and friends to join us in Reno, NV on Sunday, October 5th, 2014 for our annual reunion. It promises to be a good one, thanks to the courage and hard work of our energetic and enthusiastic host, Diana Ballard, an associate member of the NNWA and the daughter of Phil and Pat Markin. For your information, Diana lives four hours by car from Reno and has already visited the hotel and planned attractions more than a half dozen times on our behalf.
The pages following will provide you with general information about the places we will visit, pass through, and enjoy. The list of RV parks has not been vetted for quality and cost, although a few distant and known below-par parks were eliminated from the list. The mileage noted on the list is the distance from the Ramada. . Members interested in RV parks can check out the individual RV Parks on their website and in their Woodall’s or Good Sam guides. Chuck Weber reviewed the Keystone RV Park and elected to stay there. Mike Snyder has stayed at the Sparks Marina RV Park several times and recommends it. Good Luck and safe driving to all the
(Miles noted below are distances from Ramada Reno)
RV PARK AT THE GRAND SIERRA RESORT
2500 East Second Street, Reno, NV (800-501-2651)
KOA RENO, SPARKS RV PARK
600 Newport, Reno NV 775 323-1447
BONANZA RV PARK
4800 Stoltz Road, Reno, NV (775)329-9624
SPARKS MARINA RV PARK
1200 E. Lincoln Way, Sparks NV (775) 851-8888
ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS CLOSE IN TIME TO OUR REUNION
Eldorado Great Italian Festival
Virginia Street (in front of the Eldorado Hotel)
For 33 years, the Eldorado has brought the sights, sounds and flavors of Italy to downtown Reno during the Eldorado Great Italian Festival. The festival, held each year over Columbus Day weekend, is a celebration of Italian culture and traditions. Besides great food, it also features a sauce cook-off, grape stomping contest, bocce ball tournament, kid's gelato eating contest, wine walk, Italian Mecato and Farmer's Market, and two stages with free live entertainment.
Festival Hours (tentative)
Saturday, October 11 10am - 6pm
Sunday, October 12 10am - 5pm
As early as the 1850s a few pioneers settled in the Truckee Meadows, a relatively fertile valley through which the Truckee River made its way from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake. In addition to subsistence farming, these early residents could pick up a bit of business from travellers along the California Trail, which followed the Truckee westward, before branching off towards Donner Lake, where the formidable obstacle of the Sierras began. Gold had been discovered in the vicinity of Virginia City in 1850 and a modest mining community developed, but the discovery of silver in 1859 led to one of the greatest mining bonanzas of all time as the Comstock Lode spewed forth treasure. The Comstock's closest connection to the outside world lay in the Truckee Meadows.
In 1871 Reno became the county seat of the newly expanded Washoe County, replacing the previous county seat, located in Washoe City. However, political power in Nevada remained with the mining communities, first Virginia City and later Tonopah and Goldfield.
Virginia City, Nevada
In 1859, placer miners and prospectors in the western Great Basin made two amazing strikes of gold and silver ore near Virginia City. The Comstock Lode, as people soon called the ore body, resulted in what would today be billions of dollars in riches. Virginia City became a highly urbanized, industrial setting and by the early 1870s, together with its smaller neighbor, Gold Hill, reached a population of nearly 25,000, becoming one of the nation's larger communities.
The best tour of one of the largest national landmarks in the US begins by acquainting yourself with the discovery of The Comstock Lode. The following museums and attractions tell this remarkable story.
On November 28, 1876, the excited residents of Virginia City christened their new monument to education, the Fourth Ward School. The majestic four-story building could accommodate over 1000 students, and it boasted state-of-the-art heating, ventilation, and sanitation systems, as well as water piped to all floors. Today this historical treasure is a museum featuring programs designed to tell the real story of the American West. Permanent exhibits include the Fourth Ward School building, a historical overview of the Comstock, a newly renovated Comstock mining overview, 1870's classroom, Virginia City Alumni photographs and memorabilia, and Mark Twain
On the dramatic, windswept hillsides of Virginia City, among the many abandoned mines that remind visitors of the Comstock’s heyday, resides the Silver Terrace Cemeteries. The ornate, Victorian-era plots tell the stories of Virginia City’s history and immigrant culture, capturing their profiles in colorful inscriptions. Seasonally, living history tours are offered in the cemetery. For more information visit: http://comstockcemeteryfoundation.com/docs/voices.pdf.
Located on a hillside over-looking C Street is the magnificent Piper’s Opera House, long considered one of the nation's most famous performance venues and one of the most significant vintage theatres in America. Built in 1885 and still in use, it has recently undergone extensive restoration. The stage once welcomed President Grant, Buffalo Bill, Al Jolson, and Mark Twain. Tours are offered seven days a week from 9 - 4.
Built in 1876, the St. Mary’s Art Center was originally established as the St. Mary Louise Hospital by the Sisters of Charity and Bishop Patrick Manogue. The 36 room hospital included five wards and 12 private rooms that could accommodate upwards of 70 patients. Today, the art center operates year round offering lodging and art instruction. Class offerings include watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, photography and other artistic media. Visitors are welcome 11:00 a m - 4:00 pm, Tuesday – Sunday
55 N. R St.
The Virginia and Truckee is by far the most famous of all American short line railroads. As many as 45 trains a day arrived and departed Virginia City. President U.S. Grant and dignitaries the world over rode in the ornate coaches of Virginia & Truckee. Completed in 1869, trains hauled millions of dollars of gold and silver ore from the rich mines of Virginia City.
Take a 35-minute excursion back into the Old West. Journey over the original Virginia & Truckee Railroad from Virginia City, through tunnel 4 to Gold Hill, Nev. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. Savor the spectacular mountain scenery. Hear the conductor narrate the amazing history of the Comstock while the train chuffs past the famous Comstock Bonanza mine ruins.
Trains operate daily May 23 - Oct. 31. For complete times and ticket prices, click here. The Depot is located at F street and Washington in Virginia City.
The main street running through town is "C Street". Here you will find restaurants, saloons, shops and more attractions.
City of Truckee California
The Donner Party followed the Truckee Route to the California Trail, a branch of the Emigrant Trail, to attempt a crossing of Donner Pass. Arriving in late October, heavy snows had already begun creating harsh conditions for their journey. The party was said to have resorted to cannibalism to survive the winter. 47 of the 87 men, women and children perished. More can be learned of their fascinating story at Donner Memorial State Park where you can visit the museum and Pioneer Monument.
During 1846-1848, thousands of emigrants passed westward through the Truckee Basin on the Truckee Route of the California Trail. It ran through Stampede and Prosser Valleys, past Truckee into the Coldstream Valley, and over the Sierra crest via Roller Pass, where wagons were hauled up the steep slope using chains. After 1849 Emigrants used other easier routes to travel into the gold country of California.
In 1866, Joseph Gray and George Schaffer built and operated the first lumber mill. Quickly, many other sawmills were built to supply the demand for wood products for the Central Pacific Railroad and Virginia City mines. Structural lumber, railroad ties, poles, fence posts, shingles, mine timbers, charcoal and firewood were cut from the extensive forest and shipped all over the West. The Lumber industry was Truckee's biggest business for decades.
April 28, 1868 As announced by the Nevada City Daily Transcript, 'The name ‘Coburn’s Station’ has been discarded by the people of that town and is now called 'Truckee' / June 18, 1868 The Virginia City Daily Trespass carried the announcement 'last evening we received a dispatch from Coburn's stating that the last connecting rail between California and Nevada, on the Central Pacific Railroad, had been laid. Tomorrow the cars will run from Reno to Sacramento.' / July 30, 1868 A fire broke out destroying all of Coburn's Station, except Gray's cabin and the lumber mills located south of the river. / 'Ice was first harvested in the Truckee Basin at Boca. By 1869, the Boca Mill and Ice Company had built an ice house with a capacity of 8,000 tons. Soon the area was crowded with other companies, all seeking a share of the profit. With the completion of the railroad, the ice could be used to refrigerate the fruits and vegetables produced in the great valleys of California for shipment across the country.
After Schaffer purchased Gray’s interest, he built a larger mill in Martis Valley, three miles south of Truckee. His mill supplied lumber to the mines of Virginia City and the growing cities of Sacramento and San Francisco. Three times in 1871 Truckee suffered major fires that burned most of the downtown district, each time the citizens quickly rebuilt.
Truckee is established as a winter sports destination. An ice palace with walls three feet thick covered with chicken wire and hosed inside and out with water formed a shimmering palace of ice. For years tourists poured from excursion trains to enjoy the ice palace and Truckee's winter sports. Tobogganers climbed a seventy-five foot tower above the roof, and then slid whooping and shrieking, one hundred and fifty feet to street level. These Winter Carnivals featured skiing, skating, sledding and dog races. The Carnivals attracted almost 2,000 annual visitors, over half of whom came from Sacramento.
Located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Truckee is just 200 miles northeast of San Francisco, California; 100 miles east of Sacramento, California; 40 miles west of Reno, Nevada; and 12 miles north of Lake Tahoe, California.
Downtown Truckee: 5,980 ft.
Town of Truckee: 15,781
Average Summer Temperature: 40-79 degrees Fahrenheit
Average Winter Temperature: 17-42 degrees Fahrenheit
Average Total Snowfall: 206 inches
Average Total Precipitation: 32 inches
(source: Western Regional Climate Center)
Take home a piece of Truckee -- or two, or three, or four! Truckee offers an amazing selection of shopping opportunities from the fabulous and the chic to the practical and the rustic. Truckee offers a complete and unique shopping experience that can be an adventure in itself. Whether you’re looking for a couch for the cabin or clothing, discover the incredible shopping in Truckee and the surrounding areas.
For those with an adventurous spirit, welcome to paradise! The Truckee area is the ideal playground for a variety of activities. Be it summer or winter, you will find plenty to do
Hit the slopes or play a round of golf at one of the area resorts. Need a slower pace, take in the sights with a scenic flight or a day’s fishing.
#1 most popular destination in the US
Blessed with sparkling natural beauty, has been selected as in the #1 most popular destination in the United States, Lake Tahoe is considered the jewel of the High Sierra. The lake is known for the clarity of its water and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides. At 6,229 feet above sea level, Lake Tahoe is the highest lake of its size in the United States, measuring 22 miles long by 12 miles wide, has a surface area of 191 square miles and an average depth of 989 feet and 72 miles of shoreline. Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the United States, with a maximum depth of 1,645 feet, trailing only Oregon's Crater Lake.
The mean annual precipitation ranges from over 55 inches in watersheds on the west side of the basin to about 26 inches near the lake on the east side of the basin. Most of the precipitation falls as snow between November and April. There is a pronounced annual runoff of snowmelt in late spring and early summer, the timing of which varies from year to year.
The National Weather Service reports that August is normally the warmest month with an average maximum of 78.7 °F (29.5 °C) and an average minimum of 39.8 °F (4.3 °C). January is the coolest month with an average maximum of 41.0 °F (5.0 °C) and an average minimum of 15.1 Â°F (-9.4 °C).
Incline Village comes by its name honestly. It is named for the Great Incline Tramway, built by loggers in the late 1870's. Today, Incline is where some of the world’s wealthiest people have built stunning mountain retreats. This eastern North Shore enclave features some of Tahoe’s most peaceful beaches and a refined approach to Lake Tahoe life.
In summer, theatergoers flock to see the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at nearby Sand Harbor. Mountain bikers get their game on with perfect trails down the Flume trail, which drains into the Village. Winter sees snow boarders and skiers maneuvering to Diamond Peak and Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. Additionally, the Reno casino gaming is only a short drive away.
Ever been in two states at the same time? The California/Nevada state line carves a line through Crystal Bay and you can actually swim from one state to the other in the Cal-Neva Resort's swimming pool. This is a very cool event, similar to the four corners area. The Lake Tahoe neighborhood of Crystal Bay surveys its namesake and sits upon a magnificent granite boulder spread peninsula.
This is where Frank Sinatra, Jack Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe and Sam Giancana stayed and played here in the '60s. There are four lively casinos with an extensive quantity of Lake Tahoe lodging and dining, plus an incredible amount of live entertainment.
Boating is to Carnelian Bay what blue is to Lake Tahoe. In summer, it is life. The Sierra Boat Company, considered a premier US wooden boat builder, opened here in the early 1950’s, annually draws boat fanatics from around the world to see their classic woodies to the Concours d'Elegance wooden boat show for a weekend of nostalgic cruising and flair.
The town was christened Carnelian Bay in 1860 because of the semi-precious yellow and red stones sprinkling the shoreline. Today, a plentiful prize of vacation rentals contour the bay as well. Carnelian Bay is also considered the place where big, hungry Mackinaw trout can be found lurking in the depths.
Tahoe City is perched on the north shore of Lake Tahoe at the headwaters of the Truckee River (the only river outlet for Lake Tahoe). A concoction of lively year-round activities awaits every visitor. Bike/walk/jog/skate the unspoiled trail system along the Lake, across the historic Lake Tahoe dam and down the river. Soak up the summer sun with a host of challenging water sports, family fun, outdoor concerts, art shows, movies at the beach, farmers’ markets, lakeside camping, back country hiking and mountain biking. Also, don’t forget to feed the colossal trout from Fanny Bridge (sorry, no fishing there).