Today the smoke has cleared and we drove up a very windy mountain road to Virginia City. It's in the heart of the Comstock region where the most silver and gold were mined. It's a neat town as most of the old buildings from the 1870's are still there, boardwalks are the side walks. It's steep - to get from one street to another requires quite a hike. We took the virginia and truckee 35 minute train ride that was really worth it. The narration was constant and we saw the remains of various mines, some with headframes still standing. We saw the tunnels that were dug into the mountains, piles of tailings and beautiful rugged mountains. The train stopped in Gold Hill that still has a hotel and depot standing. The return trip was just as interesting and it's really windy up there today. We learned that it was extremely hot in the mine tunnel - due to hot springs under this town. In town we stopped at the Territorial Enterprise building where Mark Twain got his start and saw old printing equipment and the desk that he used. We went into many of the saloons and saw original interiors with fancy lights, metal ceilings, fancy bars and slot machines. We then took the trolley tour around town that gave more history - saw the cemetery area - very large and segregated by faith and race. We saw wild horses in town and the mansions of the barons, a very ornate school building and churches built in the 1870's. In town we went to the Bucket of Blood saloon, the Silver Queen hotel with the painting of a western belle with a gown made of silver dollars. We then stepped into the Delta Saloon to see the suicide table and the world globe from 1876. This is a really neat place to visit and I'm glad we were here outside of summer and on a weekday and it would be packed with people otherwise, there were alot of people here today. The drive back was very steep and took us through Gold Hill and Silver City before returning to Reno.
It was windy last night and today - Wednesday it is still windy but very clear. Thankfully the wind did not bring in smoke but cleared it out. Because of the wind we chose to stay in town and went to the northern edge, saw where the University of Nevada is, saw the old downtown and the old casinos and then drove to check out the Atlantis, Peppermill and our Grand Sierra. There is a driving range out into a retention pond here at GCR, a go cart track, a sling shot that isn't operating, swimming pool, etc.