Virginia City, Nevada 7/9/2013

JULY 9, 2013 (Tuesday)

 

Happy belated 40th birthday Sherry! Happy belated birthday Trevor! Love you both.

Got up and out of our “home” around 11 AM. We headed to Virginia City but we wanted to go up Geiger Grade Road. It wraps around and goes up to over 6,000 feet. You get lovely views of Reno/Sparks and the valley.  Also, if you get lucky you get to see wild horses in the hills. We got lucky and saw three or four small herds, one even with a little colt.

Wild horses with a colt among them.

Wild horses with a colt among them.

Up the hill on the way to Virginia City.

Up the hill on the way to Virginia City.

You can just make out Reno in the top right.

You can just make out Reno in the top right.

Reno, Sparks, Grand Sierra Resort.

Reno, Sparks, Grand Sierra Resort.

We stopped at one of the main view points and walked down to a rock formation that you can sit on. Such a lovely view. For the people who aren’t afraid of falling on the slippery rocks there were more chimney formations and such to see, but without benefit of a real path or walkway.

An overlook built out of rocks and dedicated to Master road builder, Dr. D.M. Geiger.

An overlook built out of rocks and dedicated to Master road builder, Dr. D.M. Geiger.

Switchback.  Best to be in no rush.

Switchback. Best to be in no rush.

Pretty woman charming a grumpy old man.

Pretty woman charming a grumpy old man.

When we got to Virginia City, it was pretty crowded. There were several people in period costumes walking around telling visitors about the “shoot out” up the street (for a fee). Michael and I just decided to go up one side of the street and come back the other, and somewhere in between we’d do lunch. We enjoyed just going slow, mostly because the sidewalks are mostly made out of wood and are very uneven and easy to trip. I don’t want to ruin our adventure with a broken leg or worse. 

Gun packin' Virginia City Hussy.

Gun packin’ Virginia City Hussy.

Marshall, with his back conveniently turned, while Hussy propositions tourist!

Marshall, with his back conveniently turned, while Hussy propositions tourist!

A gunslinger fresh out of the Saloon and looking for trouble.

A gunslinger fresh out of the Saloon and looking for trouble.

Mark Twain was an Editor!

Mark Twain was an Editor!

My favorite flag, every parent should own one.

My favorite flag, every parent should own one.

We went into a couple of rock stores, an entarcia store (wooden pictures made up like puzzles, beautiful – my dad used to make them before he died and my beloved uncle still makes beautiful pieces).

This fellow was an artist.  Did just gorgeous work in wood.  He said he had been doing entarcia for 14 years.

This fellow was an artist. Did just gorgeous work in wood. He said he had been doing entarcia for 14 years.

Trilobites, Amethyst Geode, Pretty woman photographer, grumpy old man possibly shoplifting.

Trilobites, Amethyst Geode, Pretty woman photographer, grumpy old man.

I love the Trilobites.  We should have such a good run.

I love the Trilobites. We should have such a good run. Pretty woman in mirror.

65 million year old monster, reaching through an ocean of time to send a shudder down my spine.

65 million year old monster, reaching through an ocean of time to send a shudder down my spine.

Sorry, I really like Trilobite Fossils

Sorry, I really like Trilobite Fossils

We also went into a hat store. We wanted to go into it because that’s where we got Michael’s Stetson hat a couple of years ago. He has a very large head and it’s really hard to find a hat that fits. (Large Cranial capacity!) Anyway, Michael tells me to take a picture, which I did, and then I saw at least five signs that say NO PICTURES.

I bought a really Stetson here years ago.  Edie and I walked in and I said, "Take a picture of the hats." She did, and people looked around to see who did it.  There must have been 20 signs saying "NO PHOTOS"

I bought a really Stetson here years ago. Edie and I walked in and I said, “Take a picture of the hats.” She did, and people looked around to see who did it. There must have been 20 signs saying “NO PHOTOS”

We went into an antique store and saw some old silver coins and stuff Michael and I remember as kids being around the house.

We ended up eating near the end of town at the Red Dog Saloon. We didn’t want the hot dogs that a lot of the places offered (Michael’s gout). We split a medium pizza and a salad. Lunch was around $26.00, but it’s also our dinner. The Red Dog Saloon was fun in that it had the full bar, the stage where some really famous people have played, an old piano, and an old dog that wandered the place at will.

Our lunch was had at the Red Dog Saloon.

Our lunch was had at the Red Dog Saloon.

After lunch I walked out of the Red Dog Saloon and I didn’t see Michael. I figured he had to go to the bathroom so I walked a little bit and sat down and waited for him. Come to find out he went across the street at the same time I walked out and I just didn’t see him. He went to the car and had to come all the way back to get me, or else I’d still be waiting on him to come out of the bathroom.

Great shopping alley in Virginia City.

Great shopping alley in Virginia City.

The same gunslinger, and I don't think he has sobered up any.

The same gunslinger, and I don’t think he has sobered up any.

 

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Great Military Tributes on all the lamp posts.

All the lamppost had these great tributes to veterans and fallen heroes.

All the lamppost had these great tributes to veterans and fallen heroes.

Church where the gold miners went.

Church where the gold miners went.

Church where the Silver miners went.

Church where the Silver miners went.

An old mine up the hill from the highway just outside Virginia City.

An old mine up the hill from the highway just outside Virginia City.

We got back to our “home” and I rushed to get on RCI. They’re having a special right now and I’m wanting to book Florida for Christmas and New Year’s. I’m wishing I had waited on booking all of our travels East because this is a much better special. We could have saved almost $100 a booking. RCI has it down, tho, because if we were to cancel and re-book, it’s about the same cost. Bummer. Oh well, we’re living and learning, good and bad, we’re letting you know. I’m wanting to know where we’re going to be and have a hard time waiting. Must be a life lesson to just be more patient. We must think of RCI as a Dutch Auction, as the time gets closer, the price gets cheaper. Just don’t want to be the last one standing there wanting to buy.

We’re thinking of booking a two bedroom in Florida for three weeks. It doesn’t get the highest ratings but it’s in the area we want to be and it’s about the price we want to be. Plus, there are lots of places to see and explore within a short drive. Most places want at least $700 for Christmas or New Year’s. We’re not really fancy people and don’t require high end. We like it, but don’t require it.  Michael is wanting to wait because it doesn’t have internet.

We’re still in the room deciding if we want to go swimming before we head to the Church next door for the music, and then off to Wingfield Park for a Celtic celebration. 

We went to the concert at the Church and Edie really enjoyed it.

They were very nice, did music from the late 1800's and early 1900's.  Edie really enjoyed it and I was semi-suicidal.  Seemed to me to be music without the benefit of the silent movie.  Or, like being 13 and watching Lawrence Welk with your folks.

They were very nice, did music from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Edie really enjoyed it and I was semi-suicidal. Seemed to me to be music without the benefit of the silent movie. Or, like being 13 and watching Lawrence Welk with your folks.

We then went over to WingField park for the Celtic festivities.  It was fun.

Very nice singer, operatic, did a great job on Phantom.

Very nice singer, operatic, did a great job on Phantom.

Many in the audience had an excuse to wear a skirt.

Many in the audience had an excuse to wear a skirt.

Just fun and joy.

Just fun and joy.

A really great dance troupe from Reno.  They were a lot of fun.

A really great dance troupe from Reno. They were a lot of fun.

An excellent singer.  All the singers have been first rate.

An excellent singer. All the singers have been first rate.

The cutest, sweetest, prettiest little girl dancers.

The cutest, sweetest, prettiest little girl dancers.

Hope your day was grand!

 

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3 comments on “Virginia City, Nevada 7/9/2013
  1. Michael Evans says:

    Hey guys. Nice blog. Really enjoyed your visit and Dawg misses you already. Travel safely.

    Michael & Teri

  2. Sharon Kehoe says:

    Where was Stinky? Stinky and his mule ARE Virginia City.

  3. mkeller7281 says:

    We don’t know. Never saw him there, even on our trips with you.