Back down in the valley, Donner Lake is beautiful and pristine. All around the lake are upscale homes and cabin rentals. We drove up to Donner Pass, an increase in altitude of 3,000' and got some good photos. We stopped at another beautiful body of water in the mountains, Boca Reservoir, for a picnic on our way back to Bordertown.
Saturday we visited Virginia City, Nevada, where the Comstock Lode (Silver) was discovered and mined starting in 1859. Virginia City is another tourist town, nothing but tourist stores, restaurants with casinos in the high desert. We visited the town cemetery to see the old graves, St. Mary's Church in the Mountains, and we saw the block long Hippie parade. We had lunch and headed home.
|Donner Party Memorial|
|Debbie up at Donner Pass|
|St. Marys of the Mountain|
|St. Mary's alter|
|Inside St. Marys|
|Virginia City, Nevada|
|Debbie having lunch on her throne at Boca Reservoir|