Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

A beautiful day for our drive!

Sand Mountain Dune recreational area...

The sky is gorgeous!!!

Loved the way the sun and shadows played on the mountains...

The last tree, middle of pic, is the shoe tree...

Never ceases to make us laugh!

How do they tie them like this??

A light dusting of snow on the peaks to our right...

Entering the town of Austin...

I love the 1879 Eureka county courthouse...

The sun is starting to set, a nice silhouette...

Like the clouds above the treeline...

Looking back the clouds are on fire, very pretty!


The skies were beautiful this morning for our drive to Ely. Larry made a quick trip to Cabela's and stopped to top off our tank as well. We've been camped in Verdi, at the Boomtown KOA for the past two nights. There is a Chevron station, the KOA, Boomtown Hotel/Casino and Cabela's all on the same property. It is located about 8 miles outside of Reno city limits in a much less crowded area. And only 2 miles from nephew Ken's home so it worked out perfectly.

There are two routes used to get from Reno to Ely. We opted for the I-80 to Hwy 50, the 'Loneliest Road in America'. We've traveled this route numerous times in the past and have enjoyed it each and every time. This road has virtually no traffic and is in excellent condition.

Just east of Fallon we saw a few RV'ers at the biggest Great Basin Dune known as Sand Mountain. Sand Mountain is one of several dunes known to make singing or booming sounds when the sand is set in motion down the slip face.

We continued on over Drumm Summit and made a stop to check out the shoe tree. It never ceases to make us laugh! We've always wondered if folks just take the shoes right off their feet or do they travel there with a spare pair to add to the ever-growing collection? And how do they get to the height needed to tie the shoelaces from one pair (or limb) to another??? Some are thrown up there of course, but many are physically attached to others.

We crossed several passes and valleys before making the climb to the town of Austin. We are amazed that they built this old mining town on the side of the mountain, elevation 7,484 ft at the summit. From there we crossed the Scott Summit, Big Smoky Valley, Hickison Summit, Monitor Valley etc before entering the quaint little town of Eureka. I love the brick 1879 county courthouse building located downtown.

Several winding roads and 7,000+ ft summits later, we arrived at our destination, tired and hungry! We traveled 7 hours and 330 miles today, longer and farther than we like in any one day. But it felt good to be 'home'. Onyx was thrilled to see Mom & Dad and she certainly knew where we were. She started 'screaming' a couple of blocks from the house. After saying our hello's, we leveled the rig, plugged in the power, put out the slides and headed downtown for a bite to eat. Mom's treat. We all enjoyed breakfast this evening, a rare treat. I don't normally do breakfast for dinner, but Larry loves it. He wouldn't mind doing it once a week.

We've decided to stay at the house this time instead of going to the KOA. We arrived much later than planned and winter will be upon us before we know it. Causing us to move to warmer weather (Vegas). So, we plan to make the most of our time here with our family. We have power and water, and to make sure our tanks will hold out, we'll shower etc in the house. We will be making a quick run back to Reno to pick up the quad now that the 5'er is unhooked. Not sure when.

Larry is meeting Larry & Larry, LOL, for some fishing this weekend at Sunnyside, about an hour from here.

I don't think I'm invited! Imagine that...ah well, it will give me time to catch up with Mom and sister Lori. Hopefully the fish will be biting and we'll get some fresh trout for dinner....



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