Exploring makes you hungry – and questioning – where do we stop ?
On this day we completely drove to and around Lake Tahoe – 180 miles !
While the ladies were up on top at Squaw Valley –
They overheard a conversation –
and our next destination was fixed –
First I must say – the California Gold Rush was in these mountains –
So much so – that this building was built in 1850 –
one year after that first gold was found
Right on top of what was known as THE THREE MILE MINE !
And – when we requested to eat in the cellar –
we were much surprised to find the entrance to said GOLD MINE
right next to where we were seated!
We were eating amongst historical fact!
SMITH FLAT HOUSE was the over heard conversation
and believe me when I say NO WHERE –
because with out GPS – we NEVER would of found it !
The history here is GOLD WAS FOUND HERE !
And the mine shaft – tunnel runs three miles to the town court house !
And in a room just past where we sat – all the mines POWDER was stored!
This also was one of the stops on the PONY EXPRESS !
And the Comstock Wagon Train Stop !
We had no idea when driving miles to find it
In fact – when we first arrived
we almost walked away –
There is a huge outdoor seating area – covered – but it was hot –
103 degrees hot – we had come off the mountains –
And we could not find anyone to wait on us outside !
So – we decided to go inside just in case –
There was a big party going on
then we saw a sign that pointed down to the cellar
At that moment I caught the attention of a waiter
It was 3:00 PM. Dinner did not start until 4:00
But we could go downstairs
and order lunch !!!!!
That is when we found out the history –
MARK TWAIN was here!
This place has been serving food since the mid 1850’s !
And that food was what Sherry said the best CHEESE BURGER
she has EVER eaten – she does not eat them !
But she ate every crumb of that one !
If that conversation were not over heard
and if we had not had GPS
The nugget in them thar hills would not of been !
Sometimes it pays to listen and this was one of them !
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our adventure continues in the next blog
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