On our way from Redmond to Burns just had to get some parting photos of the beautiful mountains. Hope they are still snow covered when we return in April.
|Sunrise Over Mountains|
The drive from Redmond to Burns not terribly scenic and next gas is 100 miles down the road. Scattered ranches and homes, lots of sage brush, an occasional oasis and prairies. This was our 2nd time in Burns at the Burns RV Park..our last visit was in Oct 2009. The park is under new ownership and very nice. We are only here 1 night.
|Burns RV Park|
|Our Site #90|
9 October 2016
Our drive today took us via Hwy 78 to Hwy 95 and a much more scenic drive that the one to Burns. A 4 hour drive with very little traffic passing blue mountains, rolling ranch lands, climbing to an elevation of over 5,000 feet. This is an area we had not traveled. Saw lots of cattle, but no deer..maybe they are in hiding from the hunters. Coming into Winnemucca we passed an area of sand dunes, something we were not expecting. Winnemucca is 75 miles south of the Oregon state line. We will be at the Winnemucca RV Park for 4 nights. The owner has had the park 10 years and we are quite pleased. Full hookups, level sites and $32/nt.
|Winnemucca RV Park|
|Our Site #50|
I was reading some interesting things about the town on wikipedia and how it got its name.
The town was named for Chief Winnemucca of the local Paiute tribe. The chief's daughter, Sarah, was a strong advocate for education and fair treatment. She worked as an interpreter, scout and messenger for the US Army during the Bannock War of 1878. In 1883 she published her autobiography, the first written by a Native American woman.
Basque immigrants settled the area in the mid 19th century working as sheep herders and still maintain a strong influence in the area. In 1900 Butch Cassidy's gang robbed the bank of over $32,000. The town still maintains a small brothel district as well as several casinos. The total population is around 8,000. Many of the residents are employed by local mining companies.
After checking in we drove up to Winnemucca mountain at an elevation of 6,000 ft in order to visit the old AF Radar Station which is now closed since the 60's and in disrepair. The views from the mountain were spectacular and the road up very scary and winding.
|View of Road up to Mountain|
|View of Sand Dunes|
|View of Winnemucca|
|Another View from Top of the Mountain|
10 October 2016
Today is our anniversary. We took a drive up to Paradise Valley to see the site of Camp Winfield Scott, a camp during the Snake War stretching from Prinville OR to Winnemucca. Unfortunately the site is on private land with no signage or remains. The town of Paradise Valley is part ghost town with limited facilities. We had planned to have lunch in the local saloon, but it was closed. The Santa Rosa Mountains are to the NW and the population is around 100. Took some photos of the old buildings. On the way back we stopped at Pig Barbecue for lunch..not bad.