Nipton is a 'surprise' - you take a left turn in Search Light (another tiny gambling town) - drive through a winding road with cactus and hills on each side. You don't drive too fast through Nipton - it's one of those tiny little havens, and there's not even a 'blinker light' to warn you that this is actually a legitimate village.
We love to take this side-route; then we turn North to
Las Vegas; 'onward and upward'. In and around Reno, there are about 600
miles to explore - lonely highways; U.S. #50 across the state of Nevada, to
Eley; then U. S. 93 south to Las Vegas (if you're coming back from the
You can visit Carson City - Virginia City; the focal points for a booming
state so many years ago. The 'Silver State' ; lots of silver mines, and a
few gold mines as well.
Suddently there can be a rain-shower; huge clouds - then
East of Fallon the road is only 2 lanes. Some people say Nevada
of the lonliest highways, and it surely does - it even frightened
my mother who
visited in 1998.
At Salt Wells you'll find stretches of alkali flats;
tiny buildings - it's
a virtual treeless plain.
In Nevada, people raise cattle; chase wild horses - find silver; start a
cult, and even run a brothel that's legal - crazy place indeed!
Before traveling Nevada, you'll want to be sure your car is in excellent condition. Always carry bottled water - we keep 24 bottles in the car at all times. Don't travel during the mid-day; it's just too hot most of the time.
Rural Nevada's cuisine runs to burger; fries - and terrible coffee.
Again, they have some of the best western skillet foods such as eggs, cheese,
beef, and vegetables.
At nightfall, the mountains 'dim' - then the lights come
up; the STAR-lights...we love our telescope and enjoy swimming in the pool by
You can visit the Shoshone Mountas and the Reese River Valley. Reese
River is only about 3 feet wide - just a trickle.
The Great Basin embraces the Snake Mountain Range - it is a lonely place indeed, but beautiful. There are hours and hours of vistas - it spoils you when you visit the mid-west, and see 'nothing' in the horizon, but the sky; where we live, it appears we've been cut with a jagged pair of scissors - big ones; you do believe in that 'higher force' - you see the Great Spirit cutting out the skyline, and playing with his tin-snips....
You can feel lonely one minute; then if you're heading to the MGM Grand
(which we like), you'll be in the Wizard of Oz where you can visit a life-sized
figure of Dorothy; her companions - they all stand before the back-drop of the
I've lived in New York; Texas, Michigan, Ohio, Washington, California and Nevada - traveled all 50 states; it is an amazing country - diverse and beautiful; I'm very happy to have been born in America!