Water Canyon BLM
Driving further east through Nevada, we spent the night at Water Canyon BLM just outside of Winnemucca. Just boondocking for the night while we continue on to Elko tomorrow. We've done this drive many, many times. It's a very boring drive.
Mostly we saw this.
And more of this for three hours.Thunder Mountain Park. After reading about it I think the guy was a little nuts. Old doll heads mounted on branches, etc.
It was a nice spot that sat up high where we could watch the wild mustangs and see the lights of Winnemucca at night.
The next day was another short drive that took us north of Wells up 93 to the tiny town of Jackpot which sits on the NV/ID border. We boondocked at Cactus Pete's Casino. We had dinner at the casino and gambled a tiny bit. Our $40 disappeared as quickly as we loaded the machine.
We crossed into Idaho and over the Snake River. Still not the most interesting scenery.
More of this.
It was a pretty drive, but we just didn't want to stay out here without power.
It was nice to have the creek right behind us.
And the park mascot checked in on us several times.
HERE. Then a few streets down we came upon what is called Freak Alley. They claim to be the largest outdoor art gallery in the Northwest. It covers several square blocks. The alleyside buildings are painted in large murals.
It's actually very cool and I wish we could've walked down more of it.
The Evil Angel.Barbacoa.
Dinner was delicious. Steve had a pork chop and quail that came on its own tiny grill.
I had a Latin Steak with ranch beans and rice. It was still Happy Hour so drinks were 2 for 1. I could barely finish my second then they brought complimentary drinks since it was our anniversary with Banana's Foster and Panna Cotta with Fig and Orange sauce.
What a great night!
Sunday we did a L O N G bike ride with Ruth and Dale. Just 20 miles to the brewery on the Greenbelt. That would normally be a great run for us but Steve ran into a flat tire just after we started. And then 8 more! We used up all our patches and all the ones Dale had. It took us a long time to get to the brewery and
we were I was starved! Good thing Dale had his tool box with him.
A Firefighter/Emergency Responder Tribute with a special part of 9/11 in a Memorial Garden.
During yet another tire fix, we happened to look up and see our reflection in one of the business buildings. We laughed that we were all wearing blue shirts (not planned!).They were great sports about it. Finally Steve gave up and Dale and I rode a couple more miles to/from a bike store that luckily wasn't too far away and bought a new tube. No more flats! BTW, Ruth gave Steve a new nickname, "Patches"!
Once we made it back to the campground we got to finally meet Tazzy Kitty. She is so cute.
Look at those pretty green eyes!
Before leaving Boise I had gotten a notice that a geocache we hid in Gunnison, CO had been taken. I called a couple people I know in the area but none were close enough to help out. Then Cori remembered that
Dino and Lisa Tango and Gladys were nearby. I contacted Lisa Gladys to see if they could help. They verified that their super secret location was nearby and indeed they could help out. I gave them the details on the self destructing tape and they accepted the mission and did a fantastic job of replacing Pirate Mack's Booty along the Gunnison River on the Neversink Trail before you get to the lake. Check out their cool blog MN Drifters.
It was a lot like this. So glad they chose to accept the mission!
Actually it was more like this. Here is Tango creating a new geocache.
And a new log.
They couldn't find pirate bling but filled it with eyeballs and other scary stuff.
They tucked it back where it should be, so, if you are driving past along 50, check out our cache!
It was so nice of them to swing over and help us out.
Thanks guys!! We owe you lunch!