Favorite thing: A guidebook says that Ely is the world's capitol for a once almost extinct horse, the American Bashkir Curly. The Crow and Sioux both had Curly horses. A Native American depicted Curly horses in drawings he made at the 1876 battle of Little Bighorn. The hair is generally soft and is hypoallergenic. Most people allergic to horses are not allergic to the Curly. The curly hair has been tested and has been found to resemble mohair. It is the only kind of its species that can have its coat used like lamb's wool. The hair can be spun into yarn.
For lots of photos, history and more information than you will ever need to know (unless, of course you plan to purchase a Curly), look at Bunny's Curly Horse Site.
I am familiar with this horse. There is a group of them that participate in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade every year. Also, a friend of mine owned two of them, a stallion and a mare. The stallion had the sweetest disposition I have ever seen in a stallion--you could go in the stall and climb around all over him and he'd just be affectionate. BTW, they only have that curly hair when their winter coat is in--it sheds in the summer. A phone number for Curly Horses in Ely is 775-289-4999.
Fondest memory: This is a photo from Bunny's Curly Horse website. There are links to curlies all around the country. Really a great website if you're into horses. P.S. You have to click on the photo to see the curls :-)
- Road Trip
- Horse Riding
Favorite thing: Explore the desert, just head out on a little dirt road and see what you can find. People haven't made that much of an impact in the surrounding countryside so it's still possible to find some really wild places.
Fondest memory: Sitting on the back porch of my brother's house on the edge of town, watching a mountain lion walking away into the sagebrush.
Favorite thing: Visit and explore the Nevada Northern Railway Museum! It is one of the most complete vintage railway complexes in the nation. When the railway closed in the 1980's, it was left virtually intact. Steam and diesel locomotives are available for rent! You can be an engineer of either one. Check out the web page! http://www.nevadanorthernrailway.net/
Fondest memory: Ely is a classic American small town. Maybe more classic than most... it depended on the local mining operations. Although scaled back today, mining is still important. Ely is also close the Great Basin National Park and Lehman Caves.
Favorite thing: Stop and have an expresso or cappucino, ice cream, or taco at R Place Food Depot. This place was a joy to find, especially after the long, desolate drive on Hwy. 50 West from Delta, Utah.