Family vacations are about my favorite thing to do. Escape from the world and spend time exploring new places. Our summer vacation in 2016 was a road trip to many fun and beautiful places.
We began our trip in Salt Lake City, UT. One thing I love to do when traveling is finding small ‘mom & pop’ restaurants to eat. I have found they usually have the best food and provide an amazing atmosphere.
Our lunch break on day one of our vacation took us to the small town of Lovelock, NV. It is a very quaint town and we are so glad we stopped. We decided to eat at the Cowpoke Cafe after reading great reviews online. The food was good and the restaurant itself had the small town feel to it. It did take a little while to get our food, but we were on vacation and in no hurry so it didn’t bother us to wait.
The City Of Lovelock, known as the “Banana Belt”, was established in 1868 and incorporated on September 26, 1917, is a community of approximately 2400 people located 90 miles east of Reno along Interstate 80. Lovelock is 2 square miles in size, which includes 3 public parks, a skateboard park, a community swimming pool, a hospital, elementary, middle and high schools, a public library, a community center and many businesses ranging from feed stores to casinos. (City of Lovelock)
Please excuse the quality of photos in this post. These were taken before I started blogging and were intended for memories only. And my photography skills were lacking, to say the least.
After lunch, we decided to walk around and stretch our legs before we continued our journey. This vacation was taken during the Pokemon Go craze and we were all looking for our characters to add to our collection. We walked to the park in the middle of town. It is a quiet area with beautiful scenery behind the courthouse. We were surprised to find chain roping around the middle of the park that was covered in different types of padlocks. I decided to look up the history on why the locks were there.
I found that there are many stories about the history of why this tradition began around the world. Lovelock City itself says it comes from an ancient Chinese custom of symbolically locking your love on a never-ending chain. As long as the lock remains on the chain, love will endure.
This park was dedicated on Valentines Day in 2006 as the Lovers Lock Plaza. It is said that the locks hold the love of thousands who have passed through the small and quiet town of Lovelock.
There are restaurants, small shops and a visitors center there. I also found out that OJ Simpson was imprisoned in the Correctional Facility there. Even small towns have their share of news.
You can purchase locks at any of the stores in town if you would like to leave your lock of love on the chain. After you add your lock to the chain, you are supposed to throw away the key, ensuring that your love will last forever.
Lovelock, Nevada is no ‘Bridge of Love’ in Paris where it is said to be ground zero of where this tradition began but it is still symbolic of a never ending love. There were thousands of locks left on the bridge over a 5-year span, and the locks were eventually taken down in 2015.
After we stretched our legs, the kids played in the park, and we caught all the Pokemon we could find, we loaded up and hit the road to finish our drive 160 miles to our final destination on day one. Day Two is coming soon. Subscribe to learn more fun places to travel to.
Have you been to Lovelock, Nevada or the ‘Bridge of Love’ in Paris? Comment below if you left a lock of love at either place.