When you get to Elko, go outside. Preferably to the Ruby Mountains.
There’s snow on the mountains out here until summer. Sometimes as late as July. But there’s an extensive network of hiking trails and camping spots all through this mountain range. We found a delightful half mile nature walk around a river and a beaver dam, definitely the best place to take an almost three year old who loves running
And giant sticks
His little brother dressed appropriately gangster but did a lot less running
After an afternoon of herding kids, throwing snowballs and collecting a million rocks to throw into the river, my sister and I finished the evening with a picon punch at The Star Hotel, Elko’s best Basque restaurant
Basque sheep herders came to Elko during the gold rush of the mid 1800s and The Star Hotel opened in 1910 to provide a boarding house for these herders and ranchers. It’s been open ever since, serving picon punch made with brandy and a Basque digestif called amer picon (those drinks will knock you over so have some respect…) and huge family style dinners
The Basque have a love affair with garlic. The Star serves excellent steak covered in sliced garlic, their salad comes with creamy garlic dressing and many of the side dishes like the cabbage soup, spaghetti, chick peas and sausage and green beans all have garlic in them. Give in, eat it up. It’s delicious and good for you. Just bring with you all the people you plan to kiss later.
Dinner was fun and the company was excellent.
I’m going to miss this little rascal whose favorite words are “come here!” and “Watch!” and loves to be tickled and cuddled
And his squeezable blue-eyed little brother
I’m so lucky that my favorite girls have had such great babies. I never see them often enough.
Tomorrow, my last day in Nevada.