Reno does not have the pazazz of Las Vegas/Fremont Street! The sidewalks are overshadowed by an abundance of "raw earth"-vagrants! Desiring to leave town on a more upbeat memory, we revisited Virginia City. A few days earlier the winds were strong and cold. Sunday, April 17, the weather was sunny and pleasant.
The town focuses on historical preservation, complete with period docents strolling the board sidewalks. This area is more noted for silver and copper mining. Every direction there is evidence of continued mining. We did not get an answer regarding the prosperity of modern day mining! At the recommendation of docent, "Mr. Pinkerton", we ate great tasting garlic fries with aioli(mayo,cilantro,chipotle) sauce at the Delta Saloon. Different saloon owners had pay outs causing the owner to go completely under; thus, becoming known as the "suicide table".
Tuesday, April 18, we crossed Nevada on a highway with the reputation of "loneliest road-hwy 50". It was timely and refreshing after Reno.
We had no idea what to expect at Great Basin NP. It is a high desert area, trapping water in the valleys between high(13,000 feet) mountain ranges. Snow melt evaporates before it flows anywhere. Our campground was quite picturesque- we even built a campfire without even having marshmallows! This location was only 8,000 feet!!! Boy, did we ever notice the "huffing and puffing" effect here. Being completely out of cell and cyber service areas was an odd feeling. We had no idea we would be so uncomfortable with remoteness.
Capitol Reef NP will welcome us on Good Friday. Stay tuned for some beautiful landscape.