Day 32 & 33 – Virginia City and XP Camper 

May 23 & 24

After leaving the campground, we stopped in Carson City for a few last supplies and propane.

We made a detour to Virginia City, Nevada. It is another mining boom town. Not a preserved ghost town like Bodie, Virginia City still has residents and businesses.  Old timey photos, saltwater taffy, etc.

It is pretty close to Reno, so it sees a lot of tourists. Mark Twain spent some time here at the start of his career. A significant number of buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Buildings.

I can’t imagine having to keep a building looking like it was built for about $20.

So the buildings have “character” with a huge dose of commercialism and tourist trap.

But it certainly has charm.

There are a couple of mines you can visit.

The main street area is very touristy, but interesting.

We did find it odd that not all of the businesses were open yet, especially considering it was the week before Memorial Day weekend.

We looked for the Tourist Information Center. We walked down Main Street past houses and a section without sidewalks.

After a block or two of like that, we turned around. A few more photos of Virginia City.

We did eventually pass it on our way out of town. It was quite a bit further out and because of the lack of sidewalks, it wasn’t some place pedestrians could get to easily.

It was really hot. After walking around for several hours, we stopped to buy some ice cream before we left.

After our visit to Virginia City, we headed to Marc Wassman’s home. We were going to camp next to his home and go see the XP Camper manufacturing facility the next day.

XP Camper 

Jon has been there several times, but I hadn’t. XP Camper makes really high quality campers. We are very happy with our camper, but if we were to buy a new one, XP Camper would be on our short list.

Fred and Denise Cook (Diplostrat) flew in on Tuesday to visit Marc also. They sold their Tiger Malayan early in 2017 and are considering buying their next overland vehicle from XP Camper.

Diplostrat Photos

The tour of the facility was impressive. XP Camper does full custom camper builds so has extensive fiberglass, metal fabrication, upholstery, and assembly capabilities.

This was our first time visiting Marc’s house – we had a great time while we were visiting.

Marc is a fantastic cook (he was a professional chef in a former life) and prepared a couple spectacular meals.

We also had one of our unscripted adventures while at Marc’s house.  I posted a message on facebook before we went to bed that our friends took to mean that I was in trouble.  We woke up the next morning to find that the California State Highway Patrol and the County Sheriff were looking for us to make sure that we were okay.  It’s nice to know that our friends care about us and are keeping track of our adventures.  Sorry for the false alarm, but was great to know how much everybody cares.


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