Fail #1: Attempt to Visit Virginia City Didn’t “Pan” Out
This weekend, I planned on visiting Virginia City. I was inspired to scope out the area after reading Nicholas Clapp’s book, Virginia City – To Dance with the Devil. It’s an amazing read that spotlights the rich history of this small mining town, where a poor Irish miner amassing a fortune greater than any of America’s robber barons – and despite his newfound riches, remained humble and kind! Reading of countless stories about the men who risked their lives and plunged into the scalding hot hazardous core of the earth in hopes to strike it rich, I couldn’t wait to hop in my car and visit this bad ass bonanza town.
But, instead, I got sidetracked and never made it. Fail #1. Can’t be worse than my fail #2, right? You be the judge…
Fail #2: HRPS Lecture on Sunday was So Packed, I Left!
Sunday I was planning to visit the downtown Reno library for the HRPS lecture. The guest speaker, Dana Munklet, focused on the history of Reno’s irrigation system throughout our town, and how it’s survived throughout the ages. Apparently there are nine hand-dug irrigation ditches still operating from the Truckee River in Reno! Most have access along at least part of their routes, winding through suburbs and golf courses, north past Kiley Ranch and south to Steamboat Hot Springs.
Anyways, you’re probably wondering where the “fail” part happens. Well, I was really looking forward to hearing more about the story of these water channels, but when I showed up to grab a seat, I couldn’t even fit through the door! It was JAM PACKED. I stood for 15 minutes and caught some great information before deciding to gracefully bow out. Thankfully I’m a member of HRPS and will definitely be catching up with some of the other members to hear more.
Next weekend I plan to visit Tahoe and enjoy the views made possible by the crazy snowy winter we’ve had.
What did you do over the weekend? Did you have a fail? A success? Please share in the comments below!