March 3, 2013

Lund, NV

We left L.A. (population: 4,000,000) and drove to Lund, NV (population: 300).  We booked a room in the town's only motel which looked a lot like the Bate's Motel from Psycho.   I know this because I had just seen the Psycho set at the Universal Studios backlot tour.  Here are the pics of both:

Fortunately we all lived through the night. 

The next morning we went to church.  We felt right at home when we pulled into the parking lot and our car wasn't the only one covered in dirt and dust. 

I loved the church lessons because the teachers were so down to earth.  Instead of trying to impress with their vast knowledge of scripture they said things like, "I don't know the answer to this and I was wondering what you guys think."

After church we chatted with the kids' great, great aunt Laura.  She is 108 years old and lives with her 85-year-old daughter.  She doesn't use a wheelchair and she is able to attend all three hours of church each Sunday.

Then we walked across the street to a second-cousin once-removed's house.  (Not sure how to pluralize that).  She showed us the changes she had made to it since the kids' great-grandma had lived there.  She got free carpet out of a condemned house and paid only two pans of cinnamon rolls for the installation.  Then she commissioned her drapes to be sewn by the prisoners.  Her oven was a gift from an anonymous donor after some friends learned that she had to hold her oven door closed with a chair.

She is married to a true cowboy rancher who told us their unique proposal story.  He wanted to be different so he put the ring up the backside of a cow for his girlfriend to find.  I said, "So you proposed in a cow's bum?"  He said, "Well if you put it that way it doesn't sound very romantic." 

After that visit we walked to this house where the kids' awesome great aunt lives:

Talk about a house with character!  Their great aunt fed us a huge delicious meal and then we chatted around her fireplace.

Before we left town we got a hands-on (or should I say "hands-in"?) lesson on how how to "preg-check" a cow.

It just doesn't get any better than that folks.  I really do love this place.


  1. whuhhhhhh??? well i guess they don't offer those attractions in disney land. what a strangely awesome side trip.