After our mini-vacation, we returned to South Lake Tahoe for a few final days. The highlight of this time was a boat tour to Thunderbird Lodge. Steve and Wende’s new neighbor in Tahoe runs these tours in addition to tours to Emerald Bay. Their business is called Cruise Tahoe.
We have visited approximately one-half of the state capitol buildings in the United States, however, until now we had not made the effort to visit the California Capitol. During our summer visit to Lake Tahoe, we took a short “vacation” to the San Francisco Bay area. On our way to the bay, we stopped in Sacramento to tour the Capitol.
Schloss Neuschwanstein is a 19th century palace built on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near the town of Fussen in southwest Germany. The castle was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat. Construction began in 1869 on the site of the ruins of two castles from the middle ages: Vorderhohenschwangau Castle and Hinterhohenschwangau Castle. The castle was far from complete when the King died in 1886 at the age of 40.
We’ve been wanting to visit Prescott but we now had additional incentive. Earlier this year, our friends Tim and Dinah sold their home in Torrance and moved to Prescott, so this stop allowed us to visit with them and to see Prescott. Tim and Dinah showed us their new town and took us to see many of the great sights around the Prescott area. We parked the motorhome at Orchard Ranch Resort.
To visit Helena, we parked at the Alhambra RV Park in Clancy, MT.
Helena, the capital city of Montana, was founded in 1864 as a gold camp during the Montana gold rush. The area known as “Last Chance Gulch” produced one of the richest finds in the United States. By 1888, about 50 millionaires lived in Helena, more per capita than any other city in the world. You can see the evidence of this early wealth in the very fine homes in the Victorian neighborhoods of the city. The Montana State Capitol building was constructed between 1896 and 1902 using Montana sandstone and granite. We took a nice trolley/train tour of the city. Continue reading