donner pass is famous for … in 1846 the donner party followed the truckee route to the california trail to attempt a crossing of donner pass. arriving in late october, heavy snows had already begun creating harsh conditions for their journey. the party was said to have resorted to cannibalism to survive the winter. 47 of the 87 men, women and children perished.
interesting and scary!
that dark line along the mountainside is the abandoned railroad. chinese laborers constructed the tunnel with picks and black powder for central pacific railroad in the 1860s as part of the country’s first transcontinental railroad. now there’s a a bunch of cool graffiti in the tunnel, but we didn’t get out to look
once we got back down from the pass, we headed into to truckee. we passed by this Ace, but both of us said, “i bet that’s a really cool store.” so we u-turned it and headed back. and yes, indeed it was cool. there was so much stuff inside that i became slightly overwhelmed. stuff everywhere! dog stuff, plumbing, electrical, fishing, hiking, clothes, candles, paint … anything you could think of! it was great. we rambled around for about an hour before heading to downtown truckee
now off to find a hike to use up all those pancake and pastry calories! we got lucky, found a join spot for the tahoe rim trail right off the highway home. only hike for about 5 miles, but it’s 2.5m down then 2.5 back up. got to love the hills!