I am once again writing about warm sunshine since it is quite gray and wet outside. Mind you I am glad it is raining and has been. We need at least a few more years of this in order to truly affect the water situation in California. However, I just need to think about sun.
I have gone to Virginia City a couple of times in the last few years. This trip was taken last year. I went on a Monday in high hopes that I could get some photos on the main street through town. I was excited just thinking about it as I drove from Genoa. To my dismay instead of finding quiet empty streets that were filled with motor cycles on a previous trip, I found the area filled with tourists. I guess I should have known this would happen but I just hadn't thought about it. I drove through town and there were cars parked on both sides of the street and people all over the place. There went my dreams of photographs filled with wonderful historic buildings. Yes, I could have still taken the photos but I really don't think that seeing cars and people dressed in modern day clothes would have made great framed pictures to hang on the walls. I would not have liked that and I have to go by my tastes in order to stay in line with my style.
I decided to not waste the fact that I was in such a fun historic town and, since I was not on a schedule to be anywhere in particular, I drove around. I was able to get photos taken from a hill above the town. I looked down and saw beautiful sites and beautiful buildings without a trace of cars and people.
Virginia City is in the middle of high desert. Some people think that the desert is just a dry and desolate place but to me it is beautiful. As I walked around looking for angles to take my photos I could hear the quail calling out. Quail are not only my favorite bird but their sound just cheers me up.
After I left the town area I made a stop at the historic cemetery. Even though I am not a believer in ghosts, I still will only visit a cemetery when the sun is shining. Just something kind of scary about walking around tombstones at night....... "I don't believe in no ghosts!" Anyways, after getting a few photos at the cemetery I proceeded to leave town and head home. I made a quick stop at Donner Lake and the Donner Party memorial in that area and then headed the rest of the way home. That trip will be written about at another time on another blog.