Our epic road trip ended with a surprise from TravelNevada.com! We finally received our certificate and pins from completing Highway 50 – The Loneliest Road in America challenge. It was a great wrap up to a long and glorious road trip.
We’re so grateful and happy that you were able to join us on this fun journey with some unexpected surprises like being caught in a freak snowstorm and getting locked up in jail and getting the tastiest grub in the West.Although we didn’t see the actual Mount Rushmore heads, which was the motivation for this road trip we were not disappointed at all. There was so much to see and explore!
From seeing Devils Tower to touring a defunct Minuteman Missile Base and beautiful lush waterfalls in Spearfish Canyon to getting 5 cent coffee at a wacky tourist attraction called Wall Drug – the experiences were priceless.
We tried to see Mount Rushmore but Mother Nature had other ideas!
There were some scary moments in our journey such as driving through one of the worst Spring snowstorms in 70 years but we got through it fine.
Our journey also led us to meet with some of the nicest people who were always curious about our Who, What, Why, and from Where? It was a mutual exchange of questions and answers.
Reno, Nevada was a city of contrasts. The Reno Playa Art Park was a wonderful beginning to a hopeful future of artistry and creativity among the casinos and neon signs.
Virginia City was a place that may be a little on the touristy side but it was a pleasure to visit and we loved learning about the historic figures who had either visited or performed at the Piper’s Opera House.
Gold and Silver brought many people to Nevada and California via Highway 49 – The Motherlode Highway. The little towns along the way were quite isolated but they definitely had a wonderful sense of community spirit and are proud of their heritage.
In one of the towns, Auburn, we found the massive cement statues built by a self-taught artist and dentist, Dr. Kenneth Fox. They were featured in a book called “Weird California” and we had been searching them for a while. It was great to finally see the giant works of art that we had read about for years.
Our trip was nearly over when we reached Sacramento but first we had to see Old Sacramento and visit Pioneer Park where the original level of the city used to be.
We had traveled part of the Pony Express route on Highway 50 so visiting the Hastings Building which was the western terminus of the express seemed fitting. Sacramento was very important to the development of California as it was the transportation hub between the mines and the other parts of the U.S.
Finally, Lex got to meet his friend Don at Sutter’s Fort. We saw school kids traveling by horse drawn wagons in their pioneer costumes from Old Sacramento to the fort. They were excited and I was envious of their lively energy! Time marches on too quickly.
We had traveled 3,711 miles and loved every minute of our journey. We stayed at motels and hotels, ate at restaurants, fast food and even made sandwich lunches in our room to save on time. Our next adventure will be shorter and take us to the desert. Hope you will come along with us!