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We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Very Nice Drive From Ely to Las Vegas

20 October 2016

A very pretty drive today down the Great Basin Highway 93 from Ely to Las Vegas about 250 miles. Not much traffic.

The mountain ranges take on a beauty all their own. The drive takes you by the Miller Outlook of the Cathedral Gorge SP near the town of Panaca. This is a must stop. Kind of reminds me of a little Bryce Canyon.

As we drive down the highways, wonder how people live so far from hospitals, gas stations, schools, neighbors and shopping..could be up to 100 miles.

We arrived at Nellis AFB "Desert Eagle" RV Park. This is our 5th stay here and number 6 will come again in February and March. A very nice and well maintained park. Looking forward to friends arrival and visiting our friends, Rose Mary and Chuck who live in LV. Also, getting more photos of the Thunderbirds practicing. When we left Ely, the temperature was 20 and we are now in 80 sunshine.

Site 6

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

White Pine Museum and Lunch at Economy Drug

18 October 2016

The White  Pine Museum "Home of the Cave Bear"  was opened in 1959 with many donated  and loaned exhibits depicting life in White Pine County. It also contains historical documents, photos depicting life in the area from the Shoshone who were the first people, to mining, to Pony Express, Overland stage and the coming of the Nevada Northern Railway which made possible the development of the copper industry.

Mural on Museum Wall

The bones of two giant short faced bears were discovered in a White Pine cave in 1982. A model of the 12,000 year old Cave Bear is exhibited at the museum. Looks more like a dinosaur to me.

Info on Bear

Model of Cave Bear
 Below are some photos of museum exhibits.

Ruth Copper Mine Community

Gilbert Cabin Signage

Gilbert Cabin



The Nevada Cherry Creek depot was moved to Ely in 1989. Local elementary students raised $11,000 to fund the move.The depot is around 100 years old. The Railway arrived in Ely in 1906 for the purpose of moving ore from the new copper mines at Ruth to the mill and smelter at McGill to be shipped 146 miles north to Union Pacific line.

Cherry Creek Depot Signage

Cherry Creek Depot






After our museum visit, we had lunch at Economy Drug featuring an old fashioned sode fountain. The drugstore is a third generation owned business and opened in 1946. The milkshake was delicious and made with real ice cream. We also had a sandwich served with a fresh apple.

Economy Drug
We then drove around town and I took some Mural Photos.

We discussed driving to the Great Basin NP, but the day was getting late and the drive is 70 miles.

We leave Thursday for Nellis AFB in LV until the 7 December. Will re-connect with our group and enjoy some good conversations and get togethers. We will return again in Feb and Mar. The campground is adding 85 spaces.

Our drive down will take us on the Great Basin Highway 93 and distance is around 250 miles.

Arrival Ely, NV

17th October 2016

Last night we had a very intense wind and rainstorm. Today for our departure to Ely it is sunny and still windy.

Our drive will take us south on the Great Basin Highway 93 130 miles. The drive passes the valleys with the Ruby Mountains to the west and Creek Range to the east as well as other ranges. The Ruby Mountains are snowcapped after the recent rains and just majestic. Other ranges have a beautiful blue tinge.

Leaving Wells-View of Ruby Mtns

Ruby Mtns

Another View

Great Basin Hwy

Enroute we stopped at the Pony Express Station  40 miles north of Ely known as the Shellbourne Station. This station was in use from 1860-1861 and one of many on the 2,000 mile route from Sacramento to St Joseph, MO. 157 relay stations were located 5-20 miles apart. Each rider rode 75 miles per day. There were also Home Stations that housed the riders between rides. Note on the Signage the requirements for riders. The telegraph and later the railroads put the Pony Express into the annals of history.

Our campground, Valley View, is located on Hwy 93. We will be here 3 nights. Ely is larger than I expected and is the largest city in White Pine County. Originally this part of Nevada was part of Utah Territory.The town was founded in the 1870's as a trading post called Murry Station and eventually became one of the country's major copper mining areas.Today it is a regional center for trade and business for Eastern Nevada and a mecca for tourists visiting the many scenic parks and sights of history such as Great Basin NP and Cave Lake SP. Mt Wheeler is the tallest mountain located entirely in Nevada at 13,063 ft. It is located in Great Basin NP.

Valley View RV-Site #59

Tomorrow we are going to visit the White Pine Museum and have lunch at Economy Drug.

Our temps are in the 20's at night. Thank goodness it is dry or else we might be snowbound for several days.