Washoe Lake State Park and a visit to Carson City

Beware,, lots of pictures.

Brrrrr, I think next year we will rethink just when to start heading north and just how fast we will do so and maybe even the route we take.

We got to Washoe Lake State Park on Monday the 11th and even though cool it was still nice enough for shorts and a tee-shirt but it steadily got colder and windy. Even so we enjoyed our stay.


Tuesday we snuck in a couple walks and took a drive to Sparks to Scheels Sporting Goods Store. It’s a lot like a Cabela’s but bigger. We seem to always go there when in the area. Then after Scheels we went to Costco to stock up.

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And Wednesday we again took a nice walk and a short drive around the area but there was a stiff breeze and it was pretty darn chilly, I even found my long pants and jacket to wear!!! After our drive & walk we just hung around camp, Diane working on her Swedish Weaving sitting in the sun coming in the windshield while I tinkered with a project for a sleeve for the newest plane so it can be protected during travel.

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Wednesday night it just got plain nasty. It blew so hard that I finally got up at 2am and put down the satellite antenna and went outside to do a walk around just to check things out. From that point I just couldn’t sleep. And then to and insult to injury it was 46 degrees in the coach when I got up. Well I got up long enough to turn the heat on and then went back to bed waiting for it to warm up.


Our original plan was to leave on Thursday but there was a high wind advisory in effect until 8PM Thursday evening so we decided to pay for another day and just hunker down.

We had about enough sitting around so we decided to take a ride into Carson City. We have ridden motorcycles around the area many times in past years but like a lot of our rides they were just that, time spent on the back of the scooter and not so much touristy stuff necessarily mixed in so there were things we may have seen but not experienced.


Like the Nevada State Museum in Carson City. The Museum is in the old Carson City Mint building where coins were minted from 1870 to 1893.

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There is even one of the original Coin Presses on display.

And of course there is a great coin display and an amazing silver display.

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There is a fantastic underground mine exhibit but because of the dark setting pictures didn’t turn out very well.

They also have the world’s largest exhibited Columbian Mammoth that was found in the Black Rock Desert.

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For the rock Hounds they have a Changing Earth Exhibit that explores the state’s geologic history from 1,750 million years ago to 40 million years ago. Lots of rock displays along with other items.

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There is a nice Native American exhibit as well.

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And a gun collection that had my attention for some time!!! Even Diane was amazed and what was on display.

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ThereThTerous other items spread throughout what seemed to be a never ending building. We were thoroughly impressed with the museum and probably spent 3 hours there. We would recommend it if you find yourself in the area. It’s well worth the $8 per person entry fee.

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Once finished at the museum we were both hungry and parched so we found our way to the Firkin & Fox Restaurant & Pub for lunch. Diane had the fish and I had the “Award Winning” Pastrami sandwich, both were very good.

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The main stretch of road through downtown Carson City is all torn up and I’m sure hurting the local businesses but it will be nice when it’s finished I’m sure.

Firkin & Fox is located across the street and just a block away from the state capital so after lunch we decided to walk over and take a tour.

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You know it’s funny, over 3 years on the road and this is the first state capital we have toured. Maybe we should start checking out more because it really was pretty interesting.

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We remember radiators as kids but none we had would open like this. I imagine to put shoes.

We remember radiators as kids but none we had would open like this. I imagine to put shoes.


















After the capital we headed home and hunkered down for the night in front of the TV. I decided that we had woke to darn cold temps the last 2 nights so I left the Aqua-Hot on and set the thermometer at 60 in bedroom, something we don’t normally do but it was nice to not be so cold when morning came.

We enjoyed our stay at Washoe Lake State Park and will certainly put it on the “visit again” list if we pass through the area.

Friday morning (4/15/16) was a move day, we had been dry camping for 7 days, it was time to find a spot with full hookups so we could catch up on laundry but we will go into that in our next update. Just know that we are settled into a nice campground in the middle of nowhere with yet another snowcapped mountain view out our front window and a lake behind us. Plus we are on a golf course.

The view out our front window while at Likely Golf & RV Resort.

The view out our front window while at Likely Golf & RV Resort.

That's us on the other side of the lake. Likely RV & Golf Resort

That’s us on the other side of the lake. Likely RV & Golf Resort

For a bonus the campground isn’t even scheduled to open until the 23rd so it’s basically empty, I think there are 5 rigs here and there are 50 sites. SCORE!!!

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6 Responses to Washoe Lake State Park and a visit to Carson City

  1. Karen Ritchie says:

    Love the pictures. We toured Santa Fe state capital building on our way through New Mexico and you are right, they are very interesting and well worth visiting. Lots of history.

  2. Likely is where Harry worked last summer. Say Hi to Peggy and Bob!! And Dennis and Kelly. Playing any golf??? Vicki Forrey

  3. gt350ed says:

    Now THAT is a museum I could enjoy and WILL check out when we’re in that area. Looks to me like you’re holding a Shocktop or Blue Moon brew. And nice photo setup to make it look like the darker one is for Diane.

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