Friday was a day filled with travel pains for many, and we were no exception. After leaving the Bay Area painfully late (approximately 3:15, yikes) we hit pockets of dead-stopped traffic and excruciatingly hot weather on our way to Reno. But we finally saw the outlines of the large casinos sprawled along the downtown Strip around 8pm and made a beeline for the NASPA reception in one of the Silver Baron ballrooms at the Silver Legacy.
The food spread included two types of flat breads, two kinds of sliders, BBQ beef, cole slaw, rolls, and potato chips. Just outside the reception entrance were more delicious bites, including deviled eggs (which I was personally very excited about). Each attendee received a drink ticket which could be redeemed at a fully stocked bar.
The reception went from 7-10pm, but a few continued to mingle even after the food was cleared and the drinks (sadly) disappeared. It seems most people wanted to get to bed early so they could get enough sleep for the tournament in the morning but it was great seeing and reconnecting with friends.