Sunday, August 24, 2014
Leaving Your Home State to Find a Home State Boxers LetterBox
The second box we found on the trail was carved and planted by Bird on a Wire (one of my home town girls). I had to laugh that we drove all the way to Nevada just to find one of her boxes as she does not have many local plants. As always Ginger is a very accomplished carver and her carving did not disappoint. The box is located off of the Geiger Grade.
The Geiger Grade is a twisting mountain road built in 1862 to haul silver from the Comstock Lode. The road gets its name from Davison M. Geiger, a local physician who financed its construction. Daredevils with four-wheel-drive vehicles still take the old grade. But most drivers (like us) stick to the newer Geiger Grade (built in 1936), Highway 341.
Cutting through the same scenic area, it begins in the valley south of Reno off Highway 395 and winds its way through a rocky landscape dotted with junipers. At the 4.6-mile point there's a turnout with spectacular views of the Sierra and a plaque paying tribute to Dr. Geiger. Down toward the valley, you'll see the old, snaking, unpaved route. The new road curls over the mountains and south into historic Virginia City.
There was no information about the ruins at the turnout but the views were wonderful and the ruins were interesting to walk around and photograph. It appears that people like to party at this turnout as there is lots of broken glass and some graffiti here too.
Thank you Birds on a Wire for an amazing Letterbox and plant!