Not yet sure how we were going to go home, we headed to Ely, NV. We have stayed in Ely on several occasions, but this time chose to stay at the KOA just outside of town. So glad we did! The owner/manager treated us very nicely and put us in one of their premium sites with grass at $39/night. Not a lot of parks have grass in this dry desert area. We decided to stay a couple of days and explore the area. About 66 miles south is Great Basin National Park. This is the home of Wheeler Peak and bristlecone pine trees which live up to 2000 years. Many ghost towns in the area as well as this, at one time, was a big mining area. All kinds of things were mined here, but primarily copper and gold. Copper is still being mined to this day up Hwy 50 out of Ely. While in Ely we decided to take a ride on the Ghost Train of Old Ely run by Nevada Northern Railway Company. Now a National Historic Landmark, it is America's best preserved short-line railroad and complete rail facility still in existence. In 2011, History Channel's "American Restoration" had three of the museum's artifacts restored. Three additional artifacts will be restored in this season of "American Restoration" The coal powered steam engine took us on a 2 hour, narrated excursion. We highly recommend taking this trip at a cost of $24/per person.
By taking this train trip, we discovered the actual town of Ely, we didn't know existed and later went downtown to explore. Here we found Hotel Nevada built about the turn of the century. Of course, did a little gambling here and I won enough for us to have our dinner out. Another great day and fun adventures!