We have been enjoying Carson City's beautiful weather and all the interesting sights around the Carson area. Our first day was riding the V&T train and spending 3 hrs exploring Virginia City and riding it back. We extended the ride to include the wine tasting tour down to Carson Canyon which was only one hour more but lots of fun.
It was time to visit the famed Lake Tahoe. It is as beautiful as advertised, has the usual tourist shops and activities, public beaches and this historic site run by the National Forest Service.
The government bought the property to get the beach area and was going to tear down the beautiful summer home of the Pope's and the surrounding buildings which were servants quarters, quests cabins, old gym, laundry, larder, kitchen and boat house. The house was built in the late 1800's and added and changed over the years by the 3 different owners but the Pope's had it the longest. One of their famous guests was Rudolf Valentino.
We had to visit the V&T museum in Carson City
it has some famous movie stars too several of the trains have been featured in many, many movies. In fact the train we rode on was used in the movie Water for Elephants. We went through the State Capital and the State museum which was a U.S. mint that made silver dollars, the 20 cent piece etc. We drove to Genoa the oldest Nevada community est. 1851 and was a Mormon trading post.
We took another drive to Lake Tahoe this time turning north.
and ending up in Reno to see the Harrah's Automobile Museum.
there are 200 plus cars, many owned by stars and several with a fascinating history like the Thomas Flyer the car the won the trip around the world.
Of course, we took the time to explore a state park wetland, and alpine meadow to enjoy the wildlife. We are able to add a couple new birds to our life list, the Brewer's Blackbird and the Mtn. Chickadee.
We were enjoying the area so much we ended up staying a couple of extra days and we have barely covered it.
We are staying at the KOA which is downtown, we missed our turn coming in so we had a fun time finding it Sunday, good thing it was Sunday and traffic was light.
The kids were busy so we headed out looking for birds and ended up at Antelope Island State Park which is a great place for wildlife.
It has a large flock of Yellow Headed Blackbirds they don't have their yellow heads yet so at first we weren't sure what they were
even more Avocets
and it has the largest colony of California Gulls and the tree and barn swallows were everywhere. So we had a good day, it was beautiful temp around 90. There had been a storm Sunday evening and areas nearby had high winds and hail luckily not at the KOA.
The kids came by later in the evening to say hello.
We will be exploring a couple more places for birds today and will see the kids again later, school has started for a couple of them.
We had a little rain today, the morning was really nice and fresh after the brief shower.
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It's been rather quiet around our patch, there are fewer birds visiting our feeders so I took down the jelly feeder. We have been seeing a few more butterflies at our zinnias and still spotting several swallowtail cats on the dill and fennel. We had a White-lined Sphinx hide for a day in our lavender and we watched a Golden Orbe spider molt in our garden (we didn't know they did that). And we enjoyed the rain...