The Kingsbury Grade crosses the sharp ridge dividing the Carson Valley from Lake Tahoe, and the cuts where it snakes up the eastern side can be seen for miles. It’s a swift drive with some good views.
Stateline NV is a short gauntlet of highrise casinos. I noticed they are a lot less grungy and rundown than they used to be. There’s still little compelling about it — all you get are vast gaming rooms and stage marquees — but the impression is not so pathetic as a decade or two ago.
Our mission was past that. In South Lake Tahoe, CA, there’s an art gallery with a forest of kinetic sculptures out front. The best artists steal from the best artists, so we took a bunch of stills and video to facilitate further study. Oh, and because they were beautiful.