Carson City , Nevada

I am staying in a cute little Air BNB in Carson city for a few nights on my way to the Reno airport to fly out to San Miguel de Allende , Mexico which is where my next house sit is . It will be for 2 months and taking care of 2 dogs. I am excited. Have never been to SMA although have been to other parts of Mexico many times.

So, just wanted to post about Carson city. Another one of those towns that was not that far from my hometown of Truckee, California.

I have come to Carson city before for a day here and there but have to say I really enjoyed my 3 night stay. It is winter so kind of quite however I do know there are a lot of events and music going on here in the summer months.

Carson city is the capitol of Nevada. Here is a little something from the Carson city visitor site.

“Carson City, Nevada boasts an array of outdoor adventures, fine restaurants, challenging golf courses, historical attractions, museums, gaming opportunities and a plethora of events and entertainment. Visitors will find plenty of exciting activities and experiences to choose from. The heart of the action–Carson City is nestled just minutes from world famous Lake Tahoe, electrifying Reno, historic Virginia City and the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range.”

I stayed in the nicest little AirBNB for a super reasonable price and just around the corner from the downtown. Very comfy little place. Photo Editor-20180120_160730one of my favorite things about Carson city, besides the mountainous views, is the Carson Hot springs. Wow ! I love this place. You can  soak outside in a large pool and 2 jacuzzi tubs or you can get a private room. The think I like about the rooms is that you get super hot water !! The temps in the rooms range from 102 to 109. I chose 107 for the last two nights. I have been fighting off a cold or flu bug so wanted to sweat it out of me. You can also wander outside to use the Hammer ( a very strong fast moving jet of hot water that comes out of a pipe above the pool and pounds your achy muscles). All this for only $15 for a room for 2 hours (senior price ! Yup, I am a senior !) or $20 for younger folks. If you only want to use the outside it is $10 or $15. The place was packed on the weekend. They have a fire pit outside and families come and bring all kinds of food and hang out all day. But, today , Monday was very quite. Photo Editor-20180121_191431.jpg

Carson is a cute little town with some nice restaurants , breweries, wine shops, antique stores, coffee shops,  funky bars and even a couple casinos. Lake Tahoe is not far away with hiking trails all around .  A bit laid back this time of year. But, fun stuff happening here in summer. Free outdoor music once a week, Bluegrass festival,   Mountain man event, and much more.

I plan to spend a couple nights again on my way back from Mexico in the same AirBNB cause it was such a bargain !!! And I love the Hot springs.

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Meanwhile , Adios and see you in Mexico !!pexels-photo-745271.jpeg

Nevada city , California.

I had the pleasure of doing a 2 week house sit in Nevada city , Ca. in Oct.  taking care of a sweet kitty named Mala .

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House in Nevada city that I house sat at was in a nice country setting.
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Mala was an adorable 1 year old kitty.

I really enjoyed that house sit. So much to see and do in and around Nevada city .

Nevada City is among the most interesting of California Gold Rush towns, attracting visitors from far and wide. The entire downtown district is a national historic landmark where guests enjoy quality dining, lodging, and shops, all flavored with old-fashioned Nevada City hospitality. And there is the Yuba River !

The Beautiful Yuba River. Originating in a bowl-shaped valley in Moscove Meadow, the 55.4-mile-long (89.2 km) Middle Yuba River flows north into Jackson Meadows Reservoir, then turns west, descending steeply into a gorge, defining over almost its entire length the boundary of Sierra County in the north and Nevada County in the south. I did quite a few walks along the Yuba while I was there. Here are a few shots.

I also went to Malakoff Diggings state park which is not far from Nevada city.  Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park is the site of California’s largest “hydraulic” mine. Visitors can see huge cliffs carved by mighty streams of water, results of the gold mining technique of washing away entire mountains to find the precious metal. Legal battles between mine owners and downstream farmers ended this method. The park also contains a 7,847 foot bedrock tunnel that served as a drain. The visitor center offers a short video on hydraulic mining and exhibits on life in the old mining town of North Bloomfield. North Bloomfield experienced its heyday from the late 1860’s to 1884, with nearly 1,500 inhabitants. Here are some photos.

 

 

Some scenes from driving around in the hills of Nevada city area below.

Nevada city is a town for music lovers too !! There is live music every night of the week in one of the many bars or restaurants. Coopers ale works, Crazy Horse saloon, The Golden Era , Friar Tucks, Mateos public, Crazy how much music there is in such a small town. One of the other reasons I loved it so much. I am a huge music lover . Saw Reggae one night. Bluegrass one night. Old Jazz Harlem style one night. 70’s one night. yes, I went out a bit for music while there. Why not? It was all in the small town and easy to walk from place to place.  I did happen to be there on Halloween weekend too which was quite an event in Nevada city. Here are some photos of that.

Another thing I did which was a highlight was going to the  Pickers get together at the Grange Hall in Rough and Ready. Rough and Ready is another small town a few miles from Nevada city and every Sunday the pickers get together at the grange hall to do a little socializing and picking. Here is what that looks like. So fun. Nice folks too.

Another stop I made while driving the country roads around Nevada city was in a speck of a town called North San Juan. North San Juan is a town of about 300 people and I would say most of them are involved in the growing and distribution of Marijuana. It was a super hot day when I was passing thru North San Juan and I saw this bar. I thought how nice a cold beer would taste and might be fun to meet some of the locals. I was right about both. Great icy cold beer and colorful locals . I even had my future read by the local phsycic fortune teller. 20171025_19472620171025_15155820171025_16423420171025_16435820171025_150811

Nevada city is only about 60 miles from my hometown Truckee, CA. But I never really got to know it till I did this 2 week house sit. I sure enjoyed it and would go back again to house sit if the opportunity arrises.