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This year will be the 30th anniversary of Hot August Nights graciously hosted by the communities of Reno, Virginia City, and Sparks, Nevada.  Shortly, the streets will welcome vintage automobiles dating all the way back to the beginning of the 20th century.  Classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles will once again cruise, rumble, and thunder down those forgotten byways of our past, and remind us of simpler days when a car was a car.

Today's vehicles are a technological marriage of dependable mechanical parts and computerized ignition, lighting, and voice activated commands.  These vehicles are by far safer, faster, and more fuel efficient than their predecessors.  Progress!

For those of us old enough to remember the 1940's, 1950's, and 1960's cars defined who we were and allowed us to be proud to own a piece of "Detroit Iron".  I'm not sure if I would get the same feeling if I owned a Prius.

Classic cars woo us to appreciate them for their style and beauty, like a fine wine.  Luckily for you and I, we get to turn back the hands of time once a year when Hot August Nights rolls around.  This year's events should be as enjoyable as we have all come to expect.  So please come join us and celebrate the 30th anniversary of Hot August Nights, and maybe, just maybe, this year will be your luckiest time in the "Biggest Little City" we know.

If you travel extensively, you probably have at least one favorite spot in the world that satisfies your tropical appetite.  Leaving the cold climate (even if it is only for a week or two) and traveling where the equatorial breezes take your breath away serves to rejuvenate our inner core, at least it works that way for me.

This year we returned to our most favorite spot in the South Pacific.  An island which attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world.  A piece of real estate that is shared by thousands of migrant mammals from Alaska (and if you're thinking Hawaii, you're right on the money).  Maui to be exact.

We first came to Maui over 17 years ago and immediately fell in love with the climate, culture, and its tropical beauty.  This year was like visiting an old friend.  We were greeted by the gentle trade winds as we stepped of our plane, and further lured us onto our hotel balcony as we caught a gorgeous early sunset over the turquoise waters of the pacific ocean.

 

More later as we add to our adventure.

 

I was watching an interesting program on the History Channel a couple of weeks ago when it dawned on me that I have lots and lots of photos I could share on my blog.  The theme of the show I watched was "The Curse of Bodie," which really seems to exist.  To activate the curse, all one needs to do is visit the town, then take home a keepsake (which will soon rain down bad karma until the keepsake is returned).

The town as it stands today allows us to look back into history without living under the harsh conditions endured by its earliest inhabitants.

This past week my wife and I met some friends of ours in Las Vegas, NV for the 2014 Rodeo Finals. What a great time we all had.

The participants (call them Cowboys and Cowgirls if you wish) are the best of the best for sure and they certainly make it look easy.  If anyone is interested in the individual standings, please see the ProRodeo web site for the latest details.

The most interesting thing about this event was the sportsmanship by all the participants (yes, even the bulls).  Nobody threw a hissy fit if they were tossed to the ground, or missed that calf or bulldog.  If they were successful, they raised their hands and head in joy, if not, they shook if off and prepared for the next night's event.  Really nice to see, especially when you look at the daily news and see how we can't seem to get along with each other or even our own families.

I was impressed all around, and certainly hope this kind of competition continues well into this century.  Maybe all our heroes should be Cowboys.

This year my wife and I decided to treat ourselves to an exotic vacation.  With that said, we booked a group tour through our local Chamber of Commerce right here in Carson City.

There were lots of choices for novice travelers, such as my wife and I.  So, we opted for a ten day Italy tour of the Amalfi Coast (near the island of Capri on the west coast of Italy).  The tour was magnificent from start to finish.  We enjoyed exceptional local dining, tours of Rome (including the Colesseum and Vatican), wonderful dining, accomodations, and very knowledgeable tour guides.

Each small town had it own beauty.  The slides are of Sorrento, one of many small, quiet coastal towns.  Truly a beautiful excursion!  If you have any interest in this or other exciting get-a-way, you may want to visit Collette Travel