Journey to Virginia City

Living in Reno there are many interesting places to visit within a small radius. My favorite is probably Virginia City. Of course, Lake Tahoe is iconic and everyone must check it out but anytime we have family or friends visit us we always make a point to venture off in the opposite direction. We head to the old mining town of Virginia City.

Virginia City has a lot to offer for such a small town. Its old buildings are such a treat for the eyes to behold. Not only do the sights of the old building take you back but with the wooden sidewalks underfoot you become immersed in the old world. There are many unique shops throughout the main street of town. My favorite is a hatmaker, that creates custom hats in creative ways.

During the warmer months there are many events that take place that draw in a crowd each time. This weekend they are hosting an annual off road motorcycle race that brings in about 1,000 riders in an extremely competitive event. In September we attended our first International Camel and Ostrich race. I have never had so much goofy fun baking in the hot desert sun than while watching this event take place.

The views are breathtaking as well! There is something for everyone between what I mentioned above and the museums and tours offered as well.
If you get the chance I highly recommend this swell lil old town for a day or weekend trip. Everyone we take has had a blast. What are some of your favorite places to visit around where you are from? Do you have any hidden gems we should know about if we end up in your neck of the woods? Let us know in the comments below. Til next time Pengminions!

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All About the Biggest Little City in the World

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Hello Pengminions!!!

So much catching up to do. The Mr. PenGLAP and myself have been settling here in Texas for a bit as we attempt money making and planning for our grand shindig and honeymoon adventures. There is so much still left to do. I have almost finalized my dress maker. I have used Etsy.com to find wonderful wonderful artists to design the perfect steampunk ensemble. More of that later though once more is finalized. Besides….RENO!!!!

We finally made it to Reno back in November. While we were there I got to introduce my fiance to a beautiful place. Never in my life did I imagine my “family” home would be in Reno, NV but somehow it happened and what a glorious place to go and visit my Mom, Dad, and brothers. I fall a little bit more in love with this city every time I visit.
The top thing that this trip was being introduced to a place called The Generator. It is not affiliated with Burning Man but it provides a space for many of those artists to create some of the stories tall structures seen there. Most importantly it is a free space that any artist can use to create whatever their heart desires. It is a place with tools and space. You bring the materials you need to create and they will give you the rest provided they have it. All you have to do is talk to one of the heads at this place and they will work with you night and day (literally, this place is open 24hrs) for you to see your dreams come true. We had a wonderful experience with the people there the couple times we visited. We might even have some of our decorations done there. (I just need to enlist my family members. hint, hint. wink, wink;) They have a laser cutter that we think would be perfect to get gears/accessories cut out of wood to paint. I could go on about this place but you should click on the name of the place above and visit their website. Its FREE! It blows my mind that someone could be so generous to artists trying to make it happen. Alright, gush over!

We spent a lot of time with my family who were still working AND going to school. Everyone in their house was taking college courses which is pretty cool. Maybe one day they will be graduates like me! 😀 They have so many amazing things going on currently that I cannot wait to share with you!
They have also been dealing with a lot which is one of the main reasons we made the journey to Reno. My middle brother was diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation in his brain. We went with him when he had to have an angiogram with possible surgery at Stanford Medical Center in California. They did not continue with the procedure (embolization) they were planning on after doing the angiogram because they did not think it would be safe to do so. He had a follow up with another doctor from there and now they will be doing cyberknife radiosurgery. He will be having that procedure in the near future and will be on anti-seizure medications with follow up MRI’s twice a year to check the status. I am hoping that it all goes smoothly and he can continue with his studies (he is going to school for engineering) how he would like to and it goes away completely with this procedure because until it is 100% gone he is at risk of a stroke. Any positive thoughts and vibes are most appreciated if you can spare a few. (Not everything in a relationship is peachykeen and it is something we are having to navigate so thank you for reading even the tough stuff)

More things about our adventures in Reno!
We spent some time at the Grand Sierra Resort casino and hotel hitting golf balls into…water!
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Yes, it was cold!
We also headed inside for some more family fun competition!
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Bowling!!!
Since everyone had their own things going on some of the time we busied ourselves with some projects of our own.
We finished making our paracord whips (except finishing touches on the handles) so we can practice new skills and hopefully add it to our resume’s in the future. We had a friend start us off on them while in PA but finished them from a website he gave us
Check them out!
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Another day we decided to climb a mountain!
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This is us about a 1/4 of the way up.
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This is our first signs of ice as we ventured up the snow capped mountain!
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Snack time with a view
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Our crazy faces after we made it to the top! It was such a glorious experience. People get adventurous it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Just getting out and exploring and doing things I had never done before.

One other day we went for a bike ride near the river with my mom and got distracted by this buck and deer couple laying in the grass right behind someone’s house. Unfortunately we didn’t bring our phones so we could not capture this moment for you all but it was quite majestic being so close and to watch them watching us and how close we were.
If you are in need of a movie recommendation we went to a late showing of Catching Fire and it was fantastic! Richard had just finished reading the book and was a bit more critical than I was because it had been years since I had read the books though he still thought positively about it for the most part.

Two of my brothers, one girlfriend, the fiance, and I all went ice skating the night before our Thanksgiving adventures. Surprisingly the outdoor rink downtown was open because it had not been getting to freezing the few days before. Also, Luckily no one fell which I find to be a miraculous feat but we did have a few close calls!
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Here’s a dark picture because it was night time.
On an early Thanksgiving morning the kids took off to a lake in California and spend part of the day fishing!
When we got back we had the best food, Fried crawfish, Steak, and my mommas Delicious potato salad (seriously the best thing!)
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A couple days later we all gathered for a family adventure out to LAKE TAHOE! I was so excited to take Richard.
We spent the day driving around the lake taking pit stops at some of our favorite locations.Image
Man I could gush about this place but nothing I say nor any picture I post can show you what you see or give you the feels like being there does. I will share with you anyway a slew of photos from this day. Enjoy!
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My mom and dad! ❤ this photo
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An Island with a tiny castle in Lake Tahoe.
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Natural Beauty.
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Mom & I
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Alright, Alright I’m done bombarding you with the wondrous Lake Tahoe. There is just so much to do there pretty much year round. It is located in the mountains and during the summer has all the water fun you could want, camping, hiking, fishing, ect. And during the winter (we were there during the limbo period where it isn’t quite snowy enough yet and definitely not warm lol) they have skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ect. Anytime of year you can find something to do if you can pull yourself out of awe to do anything else but stare at it’s magnificence.

The following day we went on down to Virginia City, NV an old gold mining town that his been kept fairly well in its original state.
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We had so much fun walking around with my brother and his girlfriend looking at all the antique shops and seeing people dressed up and riding horses. We went and got some great steampunk ideas while we were there too.
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It was very merry!
Once night hit we went exploring an old cemetery that many of the initial settlers to this town were buried. It was a little eerie but also mind stimulating to read the tombstones and try to come up with what could have happened and stories surrounding.

Oh and I cannot forget before we did depart from the adventure filled Reno we went sledding with my dad on a hill right behind their place!
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Obviously Richard had the camera!
(This reminds me one day we are going to have to post an outtakes album with videos and pictures, something for you all to look forward to)

Here is Richard scraping off our windshield as we are to depart our family visit vacation!
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Thank you Pengminions for hanging in there with me and checking out our Reno adventure!
We cannot wait to have more for you as our soiree plans get going. There is one more catch up blog we have for you guys and it is our trip BACK to Texas. Worry not we are getting closer and closer to the present. Ha and it will be merry like x~mas because x~mas = presents and it will be merry when we finally catch up! Ok, ok cheesy I know. Hopefully it is part of why you are following our journey.
Til next time.
Much love,
~Kristen