* Callahan Park
* Thomas Creek
* Claim Jumper Restaurant
Lessons learned on our staycation:
* It's possible to have a relaxing time with a three year old and 1 month old
* The Reno / Sparks area is full of picturesque destinations
* With a little planning, staying around the Reno / Sparks area can be at least as relaxing as a conventional vacation
* Kids' meals are better than adults meals
These lessons really became apparent as we arrived at Callahan Park in the Galena Forest. It is a gorgeous park on the fringe of town, nestled in the trees with an ice cold mountain stream running through. The emerald green grass fields with pine-shaded benches provide an ideal view of the play equipment.
Although we live in a desert, there are a surprising amount of streams and lakes nearby. Just down the road from Callahan Park (and Galena Creek) is Thomas Creek. It is another great getaway. Carson and I did some 'mountain biking' in the dirt parking lot next to the shaded stream.
We finished off our staycation eating at Claim Jumper. The food was excellent, but we saved some room so that we could turn this monstrous eclair: