Day 6

Carson City + Carson Valley + Genoa  +  Carson City

8:30 am breakfast at hotel
Homestyle cooking at The Grille. American Breakfast: juice, 3 slices of thick cut bacon, 3 eggs over easy, hash browns, biscuit. Gets us started.

9:15 am depart for Nevada State Museum
Just a short drive from the hotel.

9:30 am arrive and enjoy Nevada State Museum
It’s the old Carson City Mint. Nice look at history. Very cool ghost town and mine exhibit. In the Mint section there is a neat movie about the history of Virginia City, Carson City, and the Mint. For those who like the sciences there is much to see. A wooly mammoth skeleton, ice age horses, animals native to the United States, great geology collection and extensive explanation of our earth’s changes over time. Native American culture also explored. A lot to take in. One visit not enough. Children love this place.

10:45 am
explore Nevada State Railroad Museum and ride on historic McKeen Motorcar
We explore the Railroad Museum where trains are stored and restored. Riding on the historic McKeen Motorcar is a spectacular experience. A must-do in season! We also manually switch a railroad car on the turn-table. Lots of railroad fun!

noon depart for Carson Valley
Can’t get enough of this beautiful setting.

12:30 pm lunch Carson Valley Country Club restaurant
A Basque Family Style dining experience. Factoid: Spanish and French Basques came to the Silver State during the mining boom of the 1800s. Nevada’s open spaces were perfect for their sheep herds. They provided meat and wool to the miners and stayed in boarding-houses. The group dining rooms of these ‘homes away from home’ were the beginning of Basque family style dining. Our meal featured lamb chops, roast chicken, several salads and the staple cocktail, a Picon Punch! Oso Gozoak! Translation: Very Delicious!

2 pm drive 0n to visit Historic Genoa, Nevada’s oldest settlement
Lovely small community at crossroads of history. Set at the foot of the mountain, early settlers in Genoa were Mormon. Pony Express stop was here. One main street with a few very old but still useable structures. One very special is Genoa Bar and Saloon Nevada’s Oldest Thirst Parlor! It is Nevada’s oldest continuously operating bar, featuring Old West memorabilia and a pool table. At 2 pm, it is crowded with patrons and tourists. When Raquel Welch visited, she was asked to leave her bra. She agreed but insisted that all the other bras be taken down – and they were! This is our second visit to Genoa. Changes since our past visit: renovation and new business, loss of a favorite French restaurant.

5 pm back to Gold Dust West Hotel in Carson City
to recuperate a bit

6 pm dinner Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint
Funky –  featuring eclectic, international dishes, on-tap brews, cocktails & live music. Signature sandwiches delivered with a knife stabbing the wich. Did not leave hungry.

8 pm walk next door to visit Carson Hot Springs
FUNKY in spades but love hot springs so we do the thing! Crowded main pool with a stream of people arriving. Fun to dip, talk, stand under the waterfall before heading out.

10 pm try our luck again back at hotel casino
Just barely enough energy to push the slot machine buttons.

stay Gold Dust West Hotel & Casino
Quickly to bed.

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