Last June I posted some pictures and wrote about Jimmy and my drive from Reno to Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley (see Northern California Record Snow Season), but I never got around to posting a description and pictures from the drive back to Reno.
As indicated by the title, we stopped and ate at Donner Memorial State Park. There isn’t a restaurant there but located at Donner Memorial State Park is a campground of 154 sites and a day-use area along the lake with picnic tables, restrooms, a beach, fishing, and a lakeside interpretive trail that has 18 panels which discuss the natural and cultural resources in the area.
It really is a nice place for a picnic although it’s strange to be having a meal at a place honoring people who resorted to cannibalism and/or starved to death. A concise explanation of the story of the Donner Party is included in the park brochure.
Desperate Dreamers: the story of the Donner Party of 1846 is a documentary film script written by William N Lindemann.