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Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Elko Experience

Rick Morgan

Last Thursday we picked up our Honda Fit from Collision Craft in Kalispell and pointed our RV southwest toward Palm Springs via Hwy 395 through California. First, let me say the whole experience with Collision Craft exceeded our expectations. Tim and the rest of the staff were great to work… great service and the car looks as good as new.


Yesterday, after overnights in Butte and Idaho Falls we arrived in Elko and found a funky little RV park behind the Gold Country Inn & Casino. The park has 26 sites and long-term campers fill most of them. While not quite as picturesque as our past couple of months in Glacier – it is quiet (there is train about 200 yards behind the park but since there are no crossings there is no horn blowing) and was a reasonable $25 for full hookups including Wi-Fi and cable. Oh… and it was not affected by the Government Shutdown. 


We decided to stay over today (Sunday) and do some stocking up at the Walmart. Ok, the truth is we wanted to watch the Bronco game. When we went into the office to pay for our extra day the women at the front desk asked us if we have been to Lamoille Canyon. Of course we hadn’t – now we have. We headed out early so we could be back before the game started.

It was a perfect trip – one of those unexpected jewels – to take on a cloudy and sometimes rainy day. We hit the canyon at the peak of fall color. While I am sure it is spectacular in full sun, seeing it under clouds gave the whole canyon a very mystical feel. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story.






On the way back to Elko we stopped in the little town of Lamoille. Why? Well, the woman at the front desk also told us about The Little Church of the Crossroads. The church was dedicated on November 5, 1905. The church is still in use and has a colorful history. 


I am not going to recount the history of the church. If you are interested, you can read that for yourself. Yet, the last paragraph in the above linked article is worth quoting. “Lamoille Valley's Little Church of the Crossroads proudly stands because of the love of the town's people and untold numbers of northeast Nevada residents. When the bell tolls it reminds all those within hearing that the church is a treasure, a personal treasure to each who donated money or gave time and materials to keep it standing and in use.” – Howard Hickson’s Histories. 


All is good. The Broncos won and tomorrow our journey continues.

More photos here.