Monday, August 09, 2010

Crazy Daisy Tour Day 25: Carson City, NV to Tonopah, NV

After three mornings of the Quality Inn's continental breakfast, we were ready for the real deal after checking out. Hubby asked me what I wanted for breakfast I replied, " I want to be asked if I want hash browns or home fries with that". When we stop for fuel at Yerington the locals point us to Dini's Casino Restaurant and Steak House (above). Very Nevada. Great food, great service.
Driving south, past Walker Lake, we encounter an eerie site - row after row of identical buildings, hundreds of them. No signage, no vehicles, no people. Further on, we pass signs and realize what we're looking at is the Hawthorne Army Ammunition Depot. "The largest ammunition storage depot in the country. There are 3,500 buildings on the 147,000 acre main facility, located in western Nevada. Operated by the Day Zimmerman Hawthorne Corporation for the Army, which acquired the site from the Navy in 1977. Facilities include 2,427 munitions storage igloos, 75% of which are in use; the Western Area Demilitarization Facility, a $68 million, 13 building complex that processes and recycles outdated munitions; and a 700-acre bomb disposal site located 25 miles northeast of Hawthorne. The installation employs around 700 people, all but one of whom are civilians. Over the years chemical weapons have been stored and disposed of at Hawthorne, and there are several areas contaminated by mustard gas and other chemical agents. " View source.
We knew it would not be a good idea to stop and take pictures, so I borrowed this one from the web. See

Daily distance: 372 km Fuel cost: $7

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