|The Nevada Legislative Building side and three-quarter views|
|Across the street is the St. Charles Hotel and the Firkin and Fox watering hole and restaurant.|
Constructed in 1862, one of the first hotels in Carson City was also one of the state's most elegant and became the main stage stop in Carson City. It consists of two utilitarian buildings, a two-story one on the south, once the Muller Hotel, and a three-story one on the north, the St. Charles. The Muller was marketed toward working-class clientele and therefore less elegant.
The firkin and Fox Pub and Restaurant is an English style pub serving English, Irish and American brews. It occupies the first floor of the St. Charles and opened in January of 2008.
Many of the trees were in what I thought to be giant planter boxes
|"No phone, no pool, no pets, I ain't got no cigarettes" came to mind, when I saw all the restrictions and prohibitions|
|Nevada's Supreme Court Building|
Nevada State Veteran's Memorial
Capitol dome from the rear
|Because of the brightness of the sun the dome looks white, but it is silver for the Silver State|
Capitol Building front entrance
|Sarah Winnemucca, 1844 - 1891, was a Native American defender of human rights, educator and the first Native American woman to publish a book|
Governor's office and his receptionist
Old State Assembly Chambers
|Compared to other state capitol buildings I have visited, I found Nevada's to be rather plain. Also the orange-beige wall coloring coupled with the overpowering globe lighting gave the interior a harshness with which I was not comfortable.|
The empty State Assembly Chambers
Old State Senate Chambers
The Senate Chambers is now a historical museum
Back outside on Capitol Grounds
|Old photos of the Capitol Building show it in a large empty field with no grass or trees in sight. All the trees in the complex were added or grown after construction.|
|About five minutes and miles from where I parked in Carson City I turned onto U.S. Route 50. Fifteen minutes later I was at 7000 feet above sea level. A minute or after that I passed over Spooner Summit. U.S. Route 50 is a long and winding road.|
First sight of Lake Tahoe
A second first sight
Nevada side mountains
|I had come down about 2000 or 2500 feet from Spooner Summit before I saw the lake. A viewing point named Logan Shoals Vista is where most of these Lake Tahoe photos were taken.|
More of Nevada's treed mountains
|Cave Rock is the ultimate symbol of Washoe Indian spirituality and culture.
For over 10,000 years the Washoe have lived at Lake Tahoe. Known as da ow a ga the lake is a sacred place at the center of the universe. Cave Rock, or de'ek wadapush, is an important symbol of this spirituality.|
Although Cave Rock is a place of extreme power for all the tribe, only the Washoe shaman, or doctors, were allowed to visit the cave on the rock's south face. There the shaman consulted with spirit advisors and effected cures for the Washoe people. The practice continues today, although much of the original cave has been altered by the white man's development.
Cave Rock is the remnant of a volcano that erupted 3 million years ago. Rising 360 feet above the surface of the lake, the rock occupies 300 feet of shoreline. In the 1840s, a road was built around the rock to accommodate the gold and silver miners heading to or returning from the Comstock mines in Virginia City. Today, two tunnels blasted through the rock (visible in the photo on the right) form a direct route for U.S. Route 50.
|There were several boaters on the lake|
|Rock formations at Logan Shoals Vista|
Woman on a what? It looks like a surf board on steroids
|On the right is the southbound tunnel through Cave Rock|
|A short time after Cave Rock, I was in California and at Echo Summit and the following photos were taken in that state|
|Back in the state of tall trees|
|From a rest stop on U.S. Route 50, where I spent the night|
And somewhere along the way, I passed this sign even though I was on U.S. Route 50 the entire trip