We had a short and sweet travel dry from Susanville, California to Verdi, Nevada. It was only about 80 miles. The town of Verdi was named after Giuseppe Verdi by Charles Crocker, founder of the Central Pacific Railroad when he pulled a slip of paper from a hat and read the name of the Italian opera composer in 1868. :-) The name is pronounced by the local population as VUR-dye, a quirk shared with the town of Genoa, Nevada, which is named after the city in Italy but pronounced juh-NO-ah.
We will be staying here for a few weeks exploring Verdi and nearby towns in Nevada and California. Verdi is located right on the California and Nevada border. The campground we are staying in is surrounded by mountains and loaded with Ponderosa Pines, it is beautiful. We are hoping to see the camel races again in Virgina City this week. We were here in 2011 for the races and loved them. :-) Check back later for more from Verdi.