Trip dates: January 29, 2015, to February 1, 2016
Transportation: Airplane - Alaska Airlines, Charter Bus.
My niece, Hannah, is an actor with a community theater in Reno, Nevada, where she grew up. She has performed in many productions with Bruka Theater. She is playing Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank. While she has been performing for several years, I have not been able to go see her in action, until this year. My mother-in-law Joanie and I planned to fly in on Friday afternoon and see they play that evening. We were arriving at 4 pm in Reno, so it seemed reasonable. My sister-in-law had acquired tickets early, as the play was selling out almost every show.
Then, weather happened. According to the pilot, the winds going into the Reno airport were too strong and gusty for our little Bombardier prop jet to land there. We were diverted to Sacramento. The driving distance between Reno and Sacramento is only about 2 hours when Donner Pass is clear. Alaska Air got busy arranging charter buses to get us to the Reno airport. We had to wait almost 2 hours in the airport for the buses to be ready.
We finally arrived in Reno at about 10 pm. Joanie and I took Uber to her hotel, and then Barbara met up with us, after the show we were supposed to see was over. Barbara and I left Joanie at the hotel as I was camping on her sofa. Barbara was able to secure tickets for a Sunday matinee, with a talk-back with the actors scheduled after the performance.
The next day was a bit cold and a little cloudy. Joanie, Barbara and I took a walk through Reno along the Truckee River to a coffee and tea shop. Hub Riverside cafe is a popular spot for locals in Reno to hang out.
The Matcha tea was ok, a little too powdery for my taste. We had a front row table to some young people filming an independent movie, on DSLRs. I'm not sure what the plot was or when it will be released. The director/writer/producer is James Coleman II. Check out his work; quite a talent!
We walked around and chatted some more and went back to Barbara's and had some lunch. In the evening, we went and saw the movie "Finest Hours" about a Coast Guard small boat rescue off of the coast of Cape Cod. Good action, but a bit of a dull storyline.
Sunday, we awoke to a winter wonderland. It snowed and it was continuing to snow. We went for a short walk and when we returned, we found out the show for Sunday had been canceled due to the weather and road conditions. The theater had too many people calling in to exchange or return tickets. So, Joanie and I could not see the show on Sunday either. We were scheduled to leave Monday morning.
Instead, we did a little shopping (Joanie wanted some wool socks) and then made lunch. Sunday evening we took Hannah to dinner, to get some time in with her.
Monday dawned very cold, but also very clear. Barbara and I wanted to pick up Joanie and have a nice breakfast before Joanie and I caught our plane home to Seattle. However, even that did not go as planned. Barbara went to warm up her car and discovered a completely flat tire. She ended up calling AAA to get the tire changed so she could take us to the airport. She had to replace the tire before she went to work.
It was a pleasant visit, but I was very disappointed to miss Hannah's performance in Anne Frank.
Footnote: Barbara purchased plane tickets through another airline she had miles with for Joanie and me to return to see the play in a week. She had a lot of miles just sitting unused because the airline no longer had a direct flight between Reno and Seattle. So, on arriving on our flight day, a Tuesday, there was a hideously long and slow line for security checkpoints. We took so long getting through the line, we missed our flight by 5 minutes. We decided to cancel the trip, instead of finding another flight. We were just not meant to see the show!