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20 May 2011 06:33 #20107 by jhcarlady
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Leaving Reno

Mining operation near Virginia City, NV

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We drove south of Reno to Carson City and visited the museum of Nevada. They had interesting displays on mining and gaming. Afterwards we drove to Lake Tahoe, then Virginia City. The pictures we took at Lake Tahoe were all washed out because the camera settings got moved. Virginia City was an interesting historical mining town. Many of the stores there looked much as they looked in the old west. We ended the day back in Carson City.

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21 May 2011 05:58 #20115 by jhcarlady
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Historical marker ? Thunder Mountain Indian Monument

Gold mine

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Mike washed the car this morning. Then, we drove from Carson City toward Elko, NV. Around 11 AM, we got lunch and Mike changed the oil on the car.
We always keep an eye out for stuff that is different. We drove by about a mile of pipeline that was connected by pipes coming out of the ground and the top was connected by pipes that wove backward and forward and all sorts of angles. A few miles down the road, we drove past a mountain that had us guessing; Was it a strip mining operation or a land fill? We decided to pull over and ask. Mike went into the office and asked; the girl told him it was a Gold Mining operation. She did not know what the pipeline was.
We were driving out of the lot when a guy stopped us to ask about our car. Mike asked him our questions. They are reclaiming an old mine. They wash down the hillside with a cyanide solution. The cyanide dissolves the gold. Then they take the waste water and mix it with coconut shells that attract the gold out of the solution. They are then able to extract gold from the coconut shells. The mine produces about .05 ounces per ton at a cost of about $1,000 per ounce of gold. Once the mining operation is complete, they reseed, and the area looks untouched. (Without Blackie we would never have had the opportunity to talk to this guy)
He also told what the pipelines were: Geo-thermal wells.
A short time later we drove by this Indian monument. We do not know the story behind it but it was certainly a unique project.
I love traveling through the mountains. They change so much from one mile to the next. The clouds move over them and their shadows leave darkblotches over the mountains. Some are green rolling hills and others are snow-capped peaks. There is such a variety of different colors of rocks, earth and vegetation.

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22 May 2011 04:32 #20120 by jhcarlady
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At the Bonneville Salt Flats

Blackie at BonnevilleSalt Flats

Blackie with the Dam with train in background enroute to Evanston
We drove from Elko, NV to Evanston, WY on highway 80 with the top down and the sun shining. Soon we were in the surrounded by mountains as we drove through a large valley. The valley eventually opened into a large flat area. Much of the Bonneville Salt Flats were covered with shallow water and the flats ran for miles. Before we got into Salt Lake City we passed by about 3 miles of tailings about 75 foot high. We found out later it was an open pit copper mine operation. As we passed by the mountains we turned north and visited a car collection. The owner of the car collection worked at the Museum of Speed which houses the Mormon Meteor III. We would have liked to visit but it was too late today and the museum is closed on Sunday. We decided to continue west to Evanston. It was a beautiful drive with fantastic rock formations lining the road. Evanston has an elevation of over 7000 feet . The top went up again tonight because the forecast is for rain tomorrow.

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22 May 2011 11:16 #20123 by russv
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It seems that you have an angel looking over your shoulder this trip. Check the reflection on the back of the car. We are really enjoying your trip.
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23 May 2011 04:27 #20130 by jhcarlady
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Car & motorcycle on a sign

Windmill blade in transport

Blackie poses in the ever changing landscape
We traveled today to Fort Collins, CO. The sky was an ever- changing kaleidoscope. There was not a cloud in the sky when we began, however the forecast called for rain, so we drove until noon with the top up, then put the top down after lunch. Fluffy clouds began to appear. Then rain clouds formed in a distance. As the day progressed, the rain clouds were surrounding us with just a narrow strip of sunshine, which we navigated between. Just when we are feeling really lucky, we find ourselves in a quick shower, but about 2 minutes later, we are in the sunshine again.
We stopped at a diner in Green River, WY for lunch. We had turned back to the town so we could snag a picture of the car on the post. After lunch, on the way out to the car (which was parked in a hotel lot next to the diner), we met a man who asked us about our car. He was a railroad engineer. We traded information with him. He told us the hotel where we were parked was for railroad employees. He said the long trains that we have been seeing are about 8500 feet long or about 2.25 miles long. They average 40 mph doing 70 mph on the flats.
We have been seeing lots of windmills in many states, and have taken photos of many of them. Seeing parts for them being trucked down the highway gives one a whole new perspective of their size.
In Laramie, we turned south, and took a very scenic road southeast to Fort Collins, CO . We are still at an elevation of about 5000 feet, but to Mike?s relief, the mountains are behind us now. We are planning to drive east on 34.

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23 May 2011 04:46 #20131 by Steve Derus
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Of all the wonderful photos you have posted, this latest is my favorite. This one should be on the cover of the next ACD Newsletter!

I've really enjoyed following your saga, thanks so much!

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