Ramblin' Vagabonds...Living Life North of Our Michelins travel blog

Historic Reno, NV...the serene sister of Las Vegas

Mid-April snowfall in Sparks, Nevada - home, sweet, home

There's a Florida tag on the back of this car!

All evidence of the white stuff gone in a few days

A showpiece at Harrah's

Crematory at Virginia City cemetary

Suicide Table - Virginia City

Rules of the game

Play big or die - literally!

Mark Twain's desk as reporter, Virginia City Enterprise

'Thirst Parlor' has a nice ring to it

The Genoa Bar is located between Reno and Lake Tahoe

I know what a cow chip is. This place sells buffalo chips!

Sad-faced outdoor heater..can you make out the words 'ash holes' on the...

Easter Sunday

Las Vegas it's not - thank Goodness! We left Yosemite NP in mid-April and managed to drive over the Donner Pass (I-80) during the last winter storm of the year. Heavy snow, temperature in the teens, winds at 60 MPH. Fuel filter froze and a windshield wiper picked that moment to malfunction. We have some sense how the Donner party must have felt!

We made it to our new home base in one of Reno's burbs.....Sparks, Nevada where we were greeted with sunshine and 60 degree temps. Two days later - winter storm, short lived, hallelujah.

Sparks is a great place for day trips to Carson City, Virginia City, Lake Tahoe, and, of course, Reno. Carson City is the state capitol and is littered with politicians. Virginia City has the interesting history as Mark Twain's journalism start, mining boom and bust, and the famous suicide table at the local watering hole. This is where the locals played faro for large sums of money. Some couldn't face the missus after losing everything and committed suicide out back. Others couldn't cover their losses and - well they called that suicide, too.

No trip to these parts is complete without a trip to Genoa. They boast of having the oldest bar in Nevada. It's a bar, but it also has an amazing array of museum pieces decorating the place inside and out.

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