But first, here are sights from yesterday’s drive from Oakhurst to Jackson, CA.
Fremont’s Fort pictured above is a scenic lookout on Hwy. 49. General Fremont, a cohort of Lewis and Clark, was the founder of Mariposa, and had several gold mines in the area. Presumably, the Fort was built to protect his mines!
In Coulterville, the Hulstroms found “the little engine that could” across the street from the Jeffery Hotel. This little engine was called Whistling Billy, and its whole life was spent hauling quartz ore four miles from the mine to the stamp mill.
Today, Sept. 19th , the cars drove from Jackson, California, to Sparks, Nevada. Here are some of the views along the route.
The Sierra high country was beautiful and Caples Lake in Kirkwood, CA. was especially charming:
And a good place for a coffee break:
Moving on, the Nevada State Museum in Carson City, NV, found Judy standing in front of an old Maxwell. (Note: she’s color-coordinated for this encounter!)
Finally, the tour ended back in Sparks, NV, with a wonderful dinner…. one of the best of our time together!
Gil says that those who left the tour early and missed the final dinner REALLY missed a treat!
There was a “must be present to win” drawing to end the evening. Alan was the winner of a great map of Gold Country.
In appreciation of the hard work John put in this past year organizing this tour, the group gave him a card with messages from most of the group… as well as a micro power device…. so a car can be jump started… or a phone or tablet charged.
As Gil says, “A great tour ended…. but wonderful memories last forever.” And here’s the best sign of the tour – it applies equally to all our club members: