Friday, May 27, 2016

eureka!

I woke up to this view of the Ruby Mountains from Spring Creek
Then Jerry gave me a ride into Elko in his new truck. 
I spent a happy hour exploring the history exhibits at the Northeastern Nevada Museum. 
Lots of local history from gold mining to local crafts. And a mastodon! And a saloon. I loved the hats. 
They have a wildlife collection with stuffed local animals along with a giraffe. 
This watercolor series by Emily Silver entitled Ten Days at Summer Lake was spectacular. 
Then it was off to town.
The Star Hotel serves huge Basque meals family style. My lunch could have fed a family of 4. 
The Western Folklife Center had exquisite quilts by Vi Colombe. 
The center is the headquarters of the Cowboy Poetry Festival in winter. 
Elko has a lot of great signage, and Western murals. 
Then it was off to Eureka,120 miles away. We'd heard there was an old opera house and paid $7 each to hear the lovely Mary Kaye sing. 
Mary Kaye is a very young looking mother of 10 from Escalante, Utah. She has a sweet voice, writes songs about the West, and plays guitar. She reminds me a little of early Linda Rondstadt. You can hear her sing and play on her website: http://www.mary-kaye.com/western-music
All in all, a very satisfying day. Here's our route for the rest of the weekend. 
And the grass in Eureka is oh so green.