Sally and I took a short trip to Las Vegas and Ely, NV.
We left for Las Vegas on Friday the 20th of May. We were going to meet
Sally's daughter, Kelly and her family (the Roundys). Her husband is
Loren and her
three children, Alyssa, Ashlee and Max.
We took our tent trailer and got reservations in the KOA at Circus
Lost Wages, NV
Saturday was a blur. We met the Roundys in the morning for
breakfast. We got ready and drove to the school where Alyssa was
participating in a dance competition. It was on the edge of Las
Vegas - probably 12 miles from the
Strip. After the dancing, the crew went swimming at the Excalibur pool
(where the Roundys were staying) while I took pictures. Later
that evening after dinner, we went to the Midway at Circus
Circus where Alyssa and Ashlee got to try their hand at many carnival
games. They did pretty well, actually, both coming away with four
stuffed animals each - won as prizes (of course, Mom helped a little
Dad - Loren, sister - Ashlee, Mom - Kelly, and brother - Max
all eagerly awaiting Alyssa's performance.
Here is Alyssa doing her dance routine with her group from
(Alyssa is on the far left.)
Grandma Sadi loved every chance she got to take care of Max!
Kelly and Loren (in pool at the Excalibur)
Dad and his daughters
Ashlee in her new bathing suit (a gift from Grandma Sadi)
Here is our dancer, Alyssa, also in her new bathing suit
We met the Roundy family on Sunday morning and had one last breakfast
with them. They
then left for Salt Lake City and we left for Ely, NV.
We stayed at the KOA campground just south of town. My mother's uncles
and their families made their homes in Ely after they came to the US
from Italy. In the past, Ely was a center for copper mining. The Nevada
Northern Railway was used to move the copper from the mines to the
smelters in McGill. The mines closed in the early 1980's and the
railroad along with it. More recently, the price of copper has
increased to where the mine was reopened. Trucks, though, are now used
move the copper ore. Check these links for this part of the report:
That is Wheeler Peak in the background. It is 13,063 feet
high and is the highest point in Nevada. The cave entrance is just
behind this visitor center.
Scenic views from inside Lehman Caves
Just the week before we were in Nevada, there was a spring blizzard. I
don't know how much new snow fell on Wheeler Peak but in Ely, they had
about six inches. When we were there, all that new snow was melting.
This is Mather Overlook (9100 feet). We drove to this point
along the road to the top of Wheeler Peak. We could not go any further.
The road was closed because of the snow.
Back at lower elevations, this is Baker Creek (overflowing
with the newly melted snow!)
On the road between Baker, NV and Lehman Caves there is what I call
"Fence Art". I don't know anything about it but I took photos of about
a dozen examples of this art. Here are a few:
A "CD" Character
We returned that evening to our campground in Ely and readied for our
return to San Diego the next day. For me, it was a short trip to Ely
but the next one will be longer. Next time:
1. Ride the Ghost Train (on the Nevada Northern Railway)
2. Visit John Mariani
3. Get a tour of the remaining railroad buildings including the
4. Spend a lot of time going through the photos at the East Ely
Railroad Depot Museum
5. Actually see more of the town itself.
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