Nevada Overland Trip (EXBRO5), Day 5 – Junk Yard Pay Dirt

So far, EXBRO5 was mostly about driving, scenery, camping and historical/cultural sites. Given our proclivities, finding some old cars well preserved in the dry Nevada air would certainly have been a welcome bonus. We hit CC pay dirt on Day 5, just outside Tuscarora, a classic Nevada ghost town still inhabited by a few dedicated citizens.

Actually, it wasn’t a “junk yard”, which implies some economic basis or ownership; this was the town dump, where folks are welcome to dispose of their automotive hulks and other detritus. Quite the eclectic collection it was too, as this German Ford Taunus in the foreground attests.

But let’s star at the beginning of that day. We headed back up into Lamoille Canyon to take a hike up into the mountains. After four days in the mostly hot desert valleys, the notion of hiking into a cool alpine environment was a powerful draw, especially to some of (me).

Lamoille Canyon is a gem. We took a loop hike past several high lakes.

The last one was the destination: Lamoille Lake, where there was still a fair amount of snow. What a contrast from all that dusty sand.

Randy took a group selfie, to document this high point of the trip.

The welcoming committee wasted no time making an appearance.

The return trail took us back down on the other side of the canyon.

Wildflowers were in abundance.

We headed back out of the canyon, somewhat reluctantly.

I could have spent several days up there, and plan to come back.

The weather had become progressively cooler, and there were some distant storms.

In Elko, we treated ourselves to a well earned meal out.

Our next destination was Tuscarora, another former silver boom town. First stop was the cemetery.

It’s a splendid spot to be buried, given the views.

These heavily-weathered wooden grave markers and fences date back to the 1880s. They’ve survived only because of the very dry climate; in Western Oregon, they’d have been turned into duff within a couple of decades.

The year of death is still visible on this one: 1881.

The fence posts have become sculptures.

The marble wears a bit better. The town is visible in the background.

The sky added a melodramatic touch.

Here’s a more recent addition.

This one’s from 1990, and includes a VW hubcap.

The former Tuscarora Society Hall has been restored and is the town museum. As is common in these little hamlets, as soon as we pulled someone walked over from one of the nearby houses and opened it up for us.

Across the street from the pottery workshop we spotted a fine old Land Rover.

Love that grille material and the badge.

Looks ready to drive away. Seating for three in the front, as long as the middle passenger doesn’t mind all those levers between their legs.

Room for four more back here. A different sort of three-row SUV.

Some critters have been nesting on its intake manifold.

A gas pump is located conveniently nearby.

The only remains of many of the former wooden buildings in town, which was once quite the bustling place.

Not quite so old as the building it’s attached to.

Continue to Page 2 for the most scenic junkyard ever.

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