Nevada, September 4 – 18, 2019
 

Wednesday, Sept 4

We flew from Newark to Las Vegas. Since we did not have a movie to watch we were really tired when we arrived.

We rented a car from Hertz and drove north on Route 15 to route 93 and then east on route 93 to Caliente. We stayed in Caliente for 2 nights.

On the way to Caliente, we passed a development called Coyote Springs which is a master-planned community which was begun in 2006, but no homes have been built as of 2017. A golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus was begun in 2005 and opened in 2008.

We passed colorful bills after Coyote Springs.

Later that first day, we drove to see Cathedral Gorge State Park which is a public recreation and geologic preserve featuring a dramatic landscape of eroded soft bentonite clay. It is called “the badlands” and bears a resemblance to the Badlands of South Dakota.
 

Coyote Springs and Cathedral Gorge State Park

Thursday, Sept 5

This day we drove to the nearby Kershaw-Ryan State Park. We enjoyed ourselves here as there was a huge
created garden with many plants, including an eight foot “black eyed susan” type plant.

We also visited Echo Canyon State Recreation Area. This was a simple damned up water hole.

On the way back, we stopped at Pioche, a town in which silver ore was discovered in 1864. Remnants of
past buildings were still standing.

Kershaw-Ryan State Park and Pioche


Friday, Sept 6

Driving to Ely, the beginning of the Highway 50 route across the state, we passed lovely mountains and
grasses. We decided not to try and drive all the way across Nevada on one trip, but to stop midway.

Mountains and Grasses

Saturday, September 7

We began the drive to Austin along Highway 50. Glad we did not try to drive all the way across at one time.
There was a lovely park in the small town and we spent time exploring it.

Austin’s Town Park


Sunday, September 8 and Monday, Sept 9th

On Sunday, we finished Highway 50, drove through Reno and decided to stay in the area. We located the
William D. May Arboretum and then drove to it. I forgot the camera and so we walked around looking at
everything. We came back on Monday and took photos.

The Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden covers 13 acres (5.3 ha) is an arboretum and botanical
garden that is open to the public year-round without charge from sunrise to sunset. The site is located at an
elevation of 4,600 feet (1,400 m) in a transitional zone between the Sierra Nevada and the Great Basin
Desert. It receives an average annual precipitation of 7 inches (180 mm), daily temperature varies 50 °F (10
°C) or more, and the growing season is less than 100 days. The Arboretum is a member of the American
Public Garden Association. It is maintained by two full time horticulturists and the May Arboretum Society,
a non-profit volunteer run group.

The garden's primary purpose is to demonstrate gardening in the high desert environment. It includes the
following areas:
Burke Garden - modeled upon an English country garden, with elm trees and perennials in bloom from
early May through September, including iris, bleeding heart, delphinium, foxglove, lupine, and campanula.
Dixie's Plaza Garden - contains perennials and annuals.
Honey's Garden - contains yellow and white flowering shrubs and roses, with waterfall and pools.
Songbird Garden - contains aromatic flowers, seeds, and fruits, attracting many native birds.
Evans Creek flows through the middle of the site. It originates from snowmelt and springs on Peavine
Mountain, and flows onward to the Truckee River and then to Pyramid Lake.

May’s Arboretum


Tuesday, Sept 10

We bought some souvenirs in Carson City and then drove to the northeast side of Lake Tahoe. We saw Cave
Rock. The lake was really huge!! Saw some kayakers. The Cave Rock Tunnel is a dual bore highway tunnel
on U.S. Route 50 (US 50) along the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe approximately seven miles (11.4 km) north
of Stateline, in Douglas County, Nevada, United States. It passes through Cave Rock, a volcanic stone
formation. To the Washoe Indian Tribe, Cave Rock is considered a sacred place and the tribe has placed
restrictions on recreational activities in the vicinity of the tunnel


The tunnels carry U.S. Route 50 through Cave Rock, a mountain along the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe.
There are numerous small caves adjacent to the south portal of both tunnels which give the rock its name.
The tunnel is located between the towns of Zephyr Cove and Glenbrook along the US 50 corridor. This
portion of US 50 is a National Scenic Byway, part of the Lake Tahoe - Eastshore Drive. The westbound bore
is 153 feet (47 m) long and features exposed rock; the eastbound bore features a concrete liner and is 410
feet (120 m) long.


The tunnel dates back to the Lincoln Highway. Originally the Lincoln Highway was routed along a single
lane hanging bridge and rock wall built in 1863. Recognizing the inadequacy of the single lane road, efforts
began to improve capacity on the primary road to Lake Tahoe. The first bore was constructed in 1931, as part
of a reconstruction of a 3-mile (4.8 km) section of the Lincoln Highway. Concerned about damaging Cave
Rock, the project managers employed key people from the recently completed Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel in
what is now Zion National Park in Utah. The first traffic began flowing through the bore in mid-September
of that year. Construction on the second bore began in 1957, when US 50 was widened to four lanes, at a
cost of just over $450,000 (equivalent to $4 million today). Coincidentally, both bores were constructed by
Utah-based construction companies.


The Cave Rock area is considered sacred by the Washoe tribe. The Washoe tribal leaders were not consulted
about the construction of either bore, and were upset about the perceived desecration of their tribal lands.
Within the last decade, the Washoe Tribe has had a larger influence on Cave Rock and its historic
preservation. In 2007, the Federal Government ruled on a precedent-setting case that has restricted activities
around the tunnel, such as rock climbing.


We continued up to Virginia City up in the mountains. This location has been set up for tourists. The way
back down was quite scenic

I mentioned to the staff at Best Western that today was our 52nd anniversary and did they know of a place
nearby we could walk to. They paid their limo to drive us to a nice nearby restaurant called BJS Restaurant.
What a nice surprise!

Lake Tahoe and Drive Back from Virginia City

Wednesday, Sept 11 thru Friday, Sept 13

We spent considerable time on the road and were in Henderson a few days. While here we visited the
Wetlands (walk hike and visitor center).

Wetlands


Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15

We had seen Lake Mead in 2011, but we decided a second visit would be worth it. Glad we decided to visit
again as the scenery we say this time was quite different.

Lake Mead


Monday, September 16

This was our last working day to check into the final hotel and return the car. We were ready to return home.

Tuesday, Sept 17

We flew home and again complained that the trip was too long.