Trip Start Mar 01, 2012
133Trip End Mar 31, 2014
Virginia City, Historic Mining Town
Bill promised 10 minutes of true stories, and 10 minutes of BS, "and it’s up to you," he said, “to figure out which is which.”
One thing Bill pointed out was the “Unblindfolded Statue of Justice” that graces the courthouse, a truth; I saw her myself. I’m not so sure about the funeral parade for the town’s most famous “lady” but you can visit her grave, all alone on a hill behind a picket fence, and there is a plaque in town noting her reputation. The Comstock Lode is the real history of Virginia City, remnants of the mines, and the millions, and millionaires, are everywhere, get a pass for train rides, mine tours, and wild west shootouts. In February 2009, the town received the Distinctive Destinations Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Sitting at 6,200 feet, it deserves an award for “Distinctive Scenery” too. http://www.visitvirginiacitynv.com/
Lake Tahoe, the Jewel of the High Sierra
No BS– Lake Tahoe is the #1 most popular destination in the US. Factually, it’s the highest lake of its size – 6,229 feet above sea level; and the second deepest, maximum 1,645. It is 22 miles long and 12 miles wide, and it literally sparkles. The color scheme is blue/green/white, with an accent of sandy-beach sand around the edges, here and there. Blue skies reflected in blue waters; soaring green firs that grow right up to the edge; seasonally-appropriate snow tops. South Lake Tahoe offers the hoopla of Harrah’s and other sleek highrises for gambling, or big-name entertainment. Places like Zephyr’s Cove show off with log cabins and lodges, cruises on the lake, lazing on the beach, name your pleasure.
Then there’s coming back to Carson City. From the east, or from the west, I can’t choose which I like best.