As I mentioned last week, my in-laws came to stay with us on Thursday. Luckily, we were able to get the house pretty much under control by then. And I feel I should probably say again (though I have said it before) that I get along great with my in-laws. I am really lucky in that regard. So when they said they would be going to Virginia City on Friday afternoon and asked if me and the kids wanted to go along, well, sure I did!
I’d only been to Virginia City once before. Kile and I had gone up for the day once when Harry was just a baby. So I was interested to go back and see if it was like I remembered. It’s an interesting town. The entire village is a historical monument and is filled with Civil War Era homes and buildings and while there is a lot there that is falling down around the knees, it’s also got a lot of character. It’s also VERY touristy. For instance, the first shop we went into was a leather goods store that boasted everything they sold was $20 or less. No foolin’! (I almost bought a purse there.)
There are people who are paid to dress up in period-style costumes and walk the streets, talking to tourists and posing for pictures. There’s a horse-drawn carriage for rides, a trolly car that drives around the various historical landmarks and more saloons in a one mile radius than I think I’ve ever seen before in my life. Not only are there a lot of saloons, but there’s a lot of CANDY. There are several shops devoted entirely to ice cream, candy, fudge or whatever else. Most of the candy and fudge is made on the premises and I couldn’t resist getting a 1/2 pound of sinful peanut brittle for Kile. We stopped for ice cream cones and Harry’s eyes about fell out of his head. That was the highlight of his day, perhaps even his week. The cones were amazing and even Liam loved sharing my strawberry cheesecake ice cream with me.
The kids were actually pretty well-behaved. We left after a couple hours and drove back through Carson City on our way to Reno. I sat in the back of my in-laws truck, between the two car seats and if I wasn’t getting smacked by Liam, I was getting clawed by Evie. We had to pull off the road at one point so I could feed Evie, and I was impressed that she’d gone as long as she had before wanting to eat. We met up with Kile and my sister-in-law’s family who had just gotten to town and had dinner at the Olive Garden. Needless to say, it was a LONG day. But fun was had and isn’t that the point?
This is the place to get a beaver felt custom made hat while you wait
Lots of museums in this town too. But oh, the brick is so pretty.
I saw this and thought of a particular someone.
Harry desperately had to use the bathroom so we stopped at this saloon to use their facilities. They had lots of grisly paintings on the wall. Like this one.
An absolutely gorgeous church.
Harry got busted. Interestingly enough, they let him keep his ice cream cone.
Do I buy it? Not for all the gold in Virginia City.
Quite the view.
It really is a cute little town. I’d like to have a decent camera and spend a day there sometime.
Evie enjoyed herself too.