Day Eight – Wednesday October 10, 2018
Plans went back and forth and so did start times, but eventually around noon, 2 car loads of Fox/D’Elias headed up the mountain to Virginia City. Perched on the Eastern Slopes of Mount Davidson at 6200 feet, Virginia City sprang up as a boomtown with the 1859 discovery of the Comstock Lode, the first major silver deposit discovery in the United States, with numerous mines opening. At the city’s peak of population in the mid-1870s, it had an estimated 25,000 residents. The mines’ output declined after 1878, and the city itself declined as a result. Today, the population of Virginia City is about 855, and that of Storey County, which is the County Seat of at about 4,000.
The trip up is a winding switchback 2 lane road, with pull-offs so that you can let the crazy drivers go past you. I had 2 today! First a black BMW I pulled over for, then a black motorcycle that came out of nowhere, and passed me on a curve with a car coming in the opposite direction! Around the next bend, I saw the two of them up ahead of me, looking like a chase seen in a James Bond movie! Yikes!!
We were scheduled to meet at the Bucket of Blood Saloon, and when we drove up, David had reserved us a place right out front (or so he said). It’s a fun place, very reminiscent of the old western bar we’ve read about, or seen in movies and tv. Take a look!
There were slot machines, beer, free popcorn, and a banjo player. It was fun!
The rest of Virginia City is made up of bars, restaurants and stores. With its wooden sidewalk, it’s a fun place to walk around, explore, and shop. The day was beautifully sunny up there, and much warmer than any of us had expected. Fall has definitely arrived to the Reno area of Nevada.
We thought we were going to eat lunch up there, but plans changed again, and we were headed to the Western Village Casino, and their Mexican restaurant. So down the mountain we went, and headed in our new direction! Unfortunately, the Mexican restaurant wasn’t open yet, so we had to gamble. “Had to” I say! Everybody seemed to be having luck. David and his Mom were playing and split a $300 purse. Aunt Kim took $237 out of a Quick Hits machine. Susie had the Quick Hits machine she was playing up to $200 and change. I was playing the Quick Hits machine next to her and just holding my own! By “holding my own” I really mean I was feeding $20 bills into it. Well, until I wasn’t.
Just before I was about to give up on this machine, I won the free game jackpot, which gives you a number of spins for free. I think I got 10, and although I kept getting spins that raised the multiplier on winning spins higher and higher, I never won anything to multiply! By the 10th and last spin, which it proudly spells out THIS IS YOUR LAST SPIN, I had the multiplier level up to 8, but a total of like 12 dollars in winnings. I was sure my 10th and final spin would be a bust, but I was wrong. Rather that a bust, I got 7 Quick Hits, which when multiplied, translated to a hand-pay of $1608! As they say, all’s well that ends well!
Then we were off for some Mexican food. A couple of small (ha ha!) drinks, some food and we were out of there! We had to get home, change, and return for the Reno version off Kenny and Chris’ Batchelor Party, planned and orchestrated by sister Michelle!!
For the Batchelor Party, we Ubered over to a beautiful new bar in the Arts District called Rum, Sugar, Lime. From what everyone told us, just a couple of years ago, this had been one of the worst areas in Reno, but it has been turned into a meca of hip bars and cute little bistros. What a perfect place to wander the night away!
Here’s a look at Rum, Sugar, Lime as the attendees gathered.
Then it was off to Noble Pizza for dinner, and some very good pizza, after which it was time for the mature folks to head off, and leave the youngins to their fun. Lexi, David, Aunt Kim, Susie and I Ubered home, telling the boys and their friends to have fun and be safe. No calls for Bail Money, so we hope all went well!
Here is a pic from Noble Pizza and after we left.
Thursday is a busy day, with last minute details that have to get done before Saturday’s magic day. We all have our lists of tasks, but then tomorrow, we’ll once again get together at Lexi and David’s for one last party before we all head up to Lake Tahoe. Lots of family and friends arriving tomorrow, and we’re looking forward to that too! Kenny will be happy that his twin sister Krissi and her fiancee Mike will be here, as those two are about as close as two people can be! Born 2 minutes apart, and getting married 8 months apart (Mike and Krissi tie the knot next June)!
As David and I have said multiple times the last few days, “Who’s luckier than us?”
Things are heating up, with the wedding just days away, so please understand if there are no updates till after the fact!
Sue & Frank…the Proud Proud Parents