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Friday, June 1, 2012

Road Trip - Day Eight

See the end of this post for info about this photo.

Today was supposed to be the last day of the road trip with my daughter Becky, but we added a day just because we could.

We began in Carson City, Nevada, where we laid our heads to rest last night. Carson City is the state capital and a charming little town with a lot of history.

Among the brochures at our hotel was a self-guided driving tour, so we decided that was better than a walking tour because it was dang warm out there! Our tour included many historic sites including the Capitol Building...

...and my favorite because of its history, the Orion Clemens house, which he built in 1863 while serving as secretary to Territorial Governor William Nye. Orion's brother, Samuel Clemens, occasionally visited when he worked for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise.

After about an hour of the driving tour, which took us through the charming neighborhoods of historic Carson City, we headed to South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Becky had never been there, so I decided it should be a must-see on this road trip.

We went down to the touristy south shore where the Tahoe Queen is. We looked at the schedule but she was not going out anymore today. That didn't stop us from getting close enough for a look-see.

Then we shared coconut prawns with mango mustard marmalade and grilled pineapple at Riva Grill on the marina. They were superb!

We hit the road again and continued heading south by way of the old Highway 395 -- a truly beautiful drive through some of the most scenic countryside anywhere.

That's Topaz Lake in the photo above.

We came through little Bridgeport, Calif.

Then down to Mono Lake.

We decided that since this is the last night of our road trip and we'll be heading back to Becky's house in Clovis tomorrow, we should enjoy a great meal at the Historic Mono Inn.

This first photo is grainy for some reason (blame it on the waiter!); that's Mono Lake in the background.

Becky had lamb shank in a pomegranate reduction...

...I had duck confit in a blackberry reduction...

...and for dessert we shared flourless chocolate cake.

Who knew gourmet food created by a master chef was available at Mono Lake?!

Tonight we're spending the night in Lee Vining.

Tomorrow (well, technically today since it's midnight as I write this) we'll go to the Mono Lake visitor center and learn more about it, then begin heading to Clovis where Becky and her family live..

I'll post tomorrow afternoon or evening about our travels.

About the photo at the top of this post: On our way down to South Lake Tahoe we went through this tunnel carved through the mountain.


  1. Enjoyed the trip, but most especially the part about Orion Clemens. Fascinating link.

  2. Clovis is very close "as the crows fly" but not so much by highway. Will you be taking 120 to 49? I think I was in Carson City last fall - weird about Orion - a reverse case of Theo and Vincent