Silver Springs, Nevada
Silver Springs Beach State Park
Our next mini-trip was to visit Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park and eventuallly Great Basin National Park, both in Nevada.
Lights of the boondockers lining the shore across from us.
Our site was long and level enough that we didn't need to unhitch.
So where did we end up? The park ranger (he really was very nice), mentioned we could park in the "overflow". Well, it was a very small lot that had 2 ways in, neither of which we could maneuver either. He then said if we went back down the dirt road a couple of miles we could stay in the rock quarry. Many people stay there. So back down the road we went. We actually passed it on the way up but didn't notice it. It worked out perfect and we had it to ourselves. See the last bend in the road in the upper right corner in the above photo? No?
How about now? That little dot in the middle of the pic is us!
Here are the coordinates in case you come this way.
Very even and plenty of room to park and turn around.
Here's a birdseye view of where we were.
Since they only do the dinosaur tour on weekends we explored the nearby ghost town of Ione.
The old Merchandise Building.
Some of them were built into the hillsides.
A very old crane.
We loved the firetruck.
The town of Berlin sits right below the dinosaur exhibit and shares the park.
The Berlin Mill.
Mrs. Phillips home.
My Gramma had a Wedgwood stove much like this but a bit bigger.
The Assay Office.
They were found in a tight group and if you overlayed the above pic with the hill then it makes sense.
The above "layers", "R", are rib bones.
Ichthyosaurs ate crustacheans.
Here is a fossilized crustacean.
And here is the process of fossilization.
Here is what a complete skeleton would look like.
The temperatures have remained in the low 80s daytime and 50s at night. This is at our threshold of comfortable during the day without having access to A/C. The next day was to be warmer and since we saw what we came for, we decided to leave a day early. We'd be up a bit higher in elevation next so off we went.
Middlegate was named in 1859 as a stop for the Overland Stage & Freight Company to serve the gold and silver mines. It's now just a small gas station and cafe. When the Pony Express began service on April 3, 1860, the stop served as a changing station for 18 months until the Pacific Telegraph line ended the need for its existence. It continued to serve the mines until they closed. Automobiles soon came into being and the Lincoln Highway replaced long and uncomfortable stage routes.
The telegraph office (ruins) which eventually replaced the Pony Express station.
One of the markers for the Lincoln Highway.
Off we go to cooler temps, we hope!