Historic 1881 Eureka Opera House in Nevada, Road Trip Day 8 Ep.17

Neek sez:

Eureka is nicknamed “The Friendliest Town” on the Loneliest Road in America. With that kind of reputation, how could we not visit? This would also be the 3rd stamp in our Hwy 50 book. Only 5 more to go!

Eureka was settled by some silver prospectors from Austin, Nevada in 1864 when they found silver/lead ore in nearby Prospect Peak. By 1873, Eureka was Nevada’s second ranking mineral producer next to the Comstock Lode. In 5 years, the population of Eureka would swell to 9,000 people. Their economic mainstay would be in operating the smelters that would separate silver from lead. With all of the black smoke and soot coming from 16 smelters, Eureka would be known as the “Pittsburgh of the East”. Continue reading


Abandoned Mystery Cabin on Highway 50, Road Trip Day 8 Ep.16

Lex sez:

Whenever we go on a road trip, there is always an agenda we have in mind, but it’s never rigidly set.  Part of the wonder and excitement of the road is that you never know what you’re going to see along the way; the journey is just as important as the destination.  So we always try to allow time for the unexpected.  That certainly paid off for us in this episode of our trek through “The Loneliest Road in America.”

Neek, Sar and I left Ely, Nevada after having breakfast in our hotel room that morning.  We headed out on Route 50 with our first planned destination that day being the Old West town of Eureka, Nevada.  But on our way there, we came across one of those unexpected sights we just had to check out. Continue reading

The Best Food in Jail – The Cellblock Steakhouse in Ely, Nevada, Road Trip Day 7 Ep.15

Neek sez:

Lex was delighted to see an old cigarette vending machine at the entrance of the Jailhouse Motel and Casino in Ely, Nevada. He and his older sister used to pull the levers pretending it was a game when they were children. Sar and I used to buy chocolate cigarettes and bubblegum shaped like cigars when we were kids. The good old days!

We walked into a cacophony of electronic bells, fake clanking coins, and real people yelling in glee. Continuing on, we passed through a short corridor and till we were seated at our very own jail cell. The Cellblock Steakhouse is a themed restaurant where you can sit and have your (possibly last) meal. Continue reading

Great Basin National Park in Nevada – Road Trip Day 7 Ep.14

Lex sez:

Just a short drive away from Route 50 within the town of Baker, Nevada is the entrance to Great Basin National Park.  It is filled with ancient natural beauty, such as the iconic Bristlecone Pine trees throughout the park, as well as spectacular scenic views.  Neek, Sar and I decided to start our exploration by checking out the Great Basin Visitor Center for information and advice.

Before we ventured inside the Visitor Center, we noticed when we parked our car outside of it that there was already a spectacular view to see.  The horizon was filled with beautiful mountain peaks!  Continue reading

The Loneliest Road in America – Hwy 50 in Nevada, First Stop – Road Trip Day 7 Ep.13

Neek sez:

In the distance, we saw a lonely little motel with a lonely gas station and a lonely casino. We were at the start of Highway 50 – The Loneliest Road in America! The motel, The Border Inn (aptly named since it stood right on the state border of Utah and Nevada) was our first stop on a challenge that would take us approximately 287 miles through lonely roads, living ghost towns, roadside attractions and a quirky steakhouse.

In 1986, a Life Magazine writer declared Highway 50 from Ely to Carson City, Nevada as one of the most remote areas that he had ever driven and declared it to be “The Loneliest Road in America”. Truthfully, there are probably more deserted roads around but this one has a guidebook and challenges you to take it. Continue reading

Downtown Las Vegas – Container Park and Fremont Street Experience

Lex sez about Container Park:

In downtown Las Vegas, there is a very unique shopping center that announces its distinctiveness with a giant praying mantis perched in front of the opening.  This is Container Park, an open-air shopping center built from shipping containers.


Located on Fremont Street, there are a number of different retail shops and restaurants on the premises. Continue reading

Breakfast with a Flair! – Main Street Station Hotel in Las Vegas

Neek sez:
Whenever we’re in the downtown area of Las Vegas, we like to visit the Main Street Station Casino just two blocks north from the western most entrance to Fremont Street and have a meal at their beautiful buffet.
They may not have the most elaborate buffet in Las Vegas, but arguably they have the most beautifully decorated one. The huge open space is bathed in natural lighting with shiny bright ceiling fans. The Victorian chandeliers once hung in the San Francisco Opera house.

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