Alex was interested in seeing a ghost town, so he and Nicole took off in search of the town of Riley. For a complete tour, they opted to do a fairly (depending on road conditions) pleasant 100 mile loop drive.
Riley was originally named Santa Rita and was a small agricultural village. In the late 1880’s mining came to the area and in 1890 it was granted a post office under the name of Riley. At one point the population was up to about 150 but when the mines gave out and drought made farming difficult Riley was left abandoned.
As we were leaving Riley, Alex was sort of quiet. Eventually, he piped up and said, “So, that was a ghost town.” Nicole replied, “Yup. Pretty typical.” “It’s not how I pictured it,” he says. “What did you think it would be like then?” asked Nicole. “Like in the Brady Bunch” says Alex!