It's called America's Loneliest Road, but there's really a lot to see and do for those who take the time to stop and look. Our first stop was at Grimes Point which has two features of interest...
We decided to check out the Hidden Cave first.
Oh, the caves are up there. Be sure to fill up your water bottle and apply sun screen.
On the trail we saw this rock with petroglyphs. Notice the lizard with its head turned to the right.
Here's what was on the next rock...imitating his ancestors, I guess.We're getting pretty near the caves now...found out there are several up here. You can see the van in the parking lot, where Roe is probably barking because he didn't get to come.
The caves aren't very deep.
Indians used them for food storage, according to one of the signs.
Joselyn coming down.
We investigated a large hole, and out jumped this jack rabbit....he scared us as much as we scared him, I think.
A story of a greener Nevada long ago.
There are many more petroglyphs on the second site here, but the trail was too long and hot. Even Roe was glad to go back to the RV.
So, you'll have to just read about it like we did.
Another popular place is Sand Mountain.ATV recreation is what makes it popular. We watched them coming down the dunes. There is also the ruins of a Pony Express Station nearby. (Requires a hike)
And then there's the "Shoe Tree." You'd drive right by it if you didn't know to look for it.Legend has it that a young couple had a spat and the girl tossed her shoes into the tree. After they made up, the young man threw his shoes up there too. Couples have been doing it ever since. Imagine the smell of old tennis shoes and rotten shoe leather multiplied this many times. Yes, it's a very stinky stop.
We spent some time looking around the old town of Austin. This is the main street.
We stopped at this old hotel/restaurant for a piece of pie and coffee.
The soup menu was a little dubious...
We had to drive up a steep winding gravel road to see the Stokes Castle.
The story about the castle...
An amazing view from up there.
Down the road are more petroglyphs.
There's a nice free BLM campground here too with shaded picnic tables. (No hook-ups)
The Eureka Opera house...it was getting late, and everything looked closed.
So on down that lonely road we went.
One of many Pony Express Stations we passed....this was their route.
Boondocked at this "Elk-viewing" area. No elk, but a pretty moon and plenty of howling coyotes during the night. Roe "woofed."