Old Diary

Virginia City and Beyond


Thursday’s Post, early.

We had the Perfect Pazucha Day today.  The weather was beautiful and a bit cool, which is good for getting in and out of the car all day.  We started the day with a quick bite at the restaurant here at the resort.  Peg and Katy both had omelettes with fresh salmon, asparagus, and swiss.  They were delighted!20131002085605212

We had a simple objective today.  We wanted to see Virginia City, only about 40 miles way, and to take the drive around Lake Tahoe.   So after breakfast we headed off to that end.

We climbed back over the same mountains we had to traverse on our way here.  We drove up the 15 Degree grade — extraordinary by contemporary standards — between Silver City and Virginia City.

WednesdaySilver City doesn’t look like much and we were surprised that by contrast the city of Virginia City was crammed with people and cars.  But it was a great day for sightseeing and we made the best of it.  We mostly walked the streets and didn’t do too many of the ‘touristy’ things.  Although we did stop to see the “Way it Was Museum.”

From Virginia City we crossed over two sets of mountains with the Reno Valley in between to return to Tahoe, our family, and Journey. We made enough stops for photos that when we arrived back at S. Lake Tahoe we were ready to put our feet up, have a bite of dinner, one last chat with family, and head back to Journey for the evening.

Tomorrow we have a pretty long drive for us.  It will be about 220 – 240 miles.  I’ll let you know how that goes when we get there.

Here are some shots from today.

From Silver and Virginia Cities

Around Tahoe

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Heading Back Home

A pleasant visit with old friends and today we head back to Cudahy.

I’m not sure how to describe our outlook for post closing travel.  We are both aware that some of our decisions are skewed.  Blame it on tension, or stress, or who knows what…  We have reached a conclusion which gives us about a month worth of plans.

We need to be out of the school by the 3rd or 4th of June, but I need to be around to talk with our attorney AFTER the closing.  We’re hoping to get an early-in-the-day closing making possible a Friday afternoon attorney meeting — but can’t count on that.

So…. we decided to plan one week of easy access to Milwaukee followed by one month of decompression time. After that we are agreed to head out on our unscripted life with undefined destinations.

Ta Da!

June 3-12 we’re in Bong Recreation Area — one of the Wisconsin State Parks that we’ve never stayed in but have walked.  With some nice trails it’s the perfect place to hang out for a week and a half.

  • close enough to Milwaukee to make repeat visits if necessary
  • less expensive than the State Fair Park RV park
  • plenty of exercise opportunities
  • close to Home Depot’s and such in case we have fresh-from-de-winterizing issues

June 12-26 – Blackhawk Park – De Soto WI — back to the Corps of Engineers campground.  Lots of space to walk, not too far of a drive, and familiar territory — time to just set-a-piece, relax after anticipating the closing and rushing to get things done.

June 26-July 10 – Thomson Causeway – Thomson IL — another 2 weeks in familiar Corps facilities.  Again, lots of space to walk, some trails we  never got to walk last summer.

After that we’re still making decisions:

  • Part of us is inclined to pay our mandatory visit to Peg’s brother and S-I-L in S. Lake Tahoe, CA. They are getting up in years and a visit is a good idea.
  • I have been thinking that we would spend our first winter in TX — but if we do that it doesn’t make much sense to head way West — whether to CA, or OR or WA
  • We are eager to check out Hemet CA where a friend of our has settled after moving from Milwaukee.

Clearly we have conflicted ideas about what to do, but we haven’t been able to focus on the future long enough to sort them out.  The month of quiet will give us that time.  Stay tuned.

On a more touristy train of thought we had a really interesting tour though the Dana Thomas House — Frank Lloyd Wright’s first open checkbook commission. It’s quite an amazing building, built at the beginning of the 20th century.  Walking through I seemed to remember other Wright buildings that we have toured as being brighter — but this one seemed quite dark and oppressive.

We are (fingers crossed) counting down the 40 remaining days.numeral 40