So much to see, so much to do, and people to see. I'll give an abbreviated story of our trip so far.
After a late start from home, we drove all day and stopped for the night in Reno, Nevada, "the biggest little city in the world". It has grown a lot since our last trip there almost twenty years ago. No casino visits for the three weary travellers though. Just check in to a motel and go to sleep.
The next day we decided to tour the old west town of Virginia City, Nevada. Fans of the old TV show Bonanza will remember that this city featured prominently in the lives of Ben Cartright and his boys, Adam, Hoss, Little Joe, and Candy. What a trip to get to it though! The road winds up and around a mountain, with long drops over the side, narrow road, sharp curves, etc. I don't know how the silver miners ever found the place, let alone brought their billions of dollars of ore down.
The city is home to just 1,000 people now and the mines are all closed. The main industry seems to be tourism. It's fun to walk/drive around and see the old sights. The huge profits from the old mines were used to finance the building up of a sleepy little harbour town which we now know as San Francisco. More about that place later.
|SIL Joyce and Me in Virginia City|
At the site of one of the old silver mines we came across the most interesting 'garden'. Dead trees were decorated with bottles, wood carvings, bits of machinery, and anything else that could be found laying around.
|Lloyd found an old car that had been decorated.|
The main street of Virginia City is pretty typical of an old wild west town, fixed up a bit to be safe for the businesses they house. Of course the power poles and cars weren't there originally.
|Downtown Virginia City|
|Local color abounds|