Here in northern Nevada today the weather is a bit frightful, which makes me dream of snow and the amazingly beautiful days that come with the white, fluffy, cold stuff once it's on the ground.
So, for today's photo Friday, I was reminded of the day pictured above. It was one of those amazing days. There was an inversion, all gray and socked in down in the city, but once you climbed up into the mountains the sun shown bright and it was a gorgeous day. The sun and inversion led to this awesome ghostbow also known as a fogbow--a white "rainbow," where the water droplets in the fog are too small to refract the amount of light necessary to create a normal, colorful rainbow, but refracts enough light to make a white fogbow..
Such a fun and wonderful sight to see!
Mount Rose is Reno, Nevada’s backyard mountain. It’s a hugely popular peak hike with great views of Lake Tahoe, Reno, Washoe Lake, and beyond!
Last weekend we headed down to Gardnerville and checked out the Fay-Luther trail system. We only went for a short hike, but it was really nice, with great views of the Carson Range.
We've updated our Washoe Lake photo album, we finally have some photos of Washoe with actual water in the lake, yay!
We kayaked on the lake over the Forth of July and it was fabulous. We saw so many birds, herons, ibis, pelicans and hawks. If you have a boat I highly recommend taking some time to kayak around Washoe especially the north end.
This year we spent Christmas in Las Vegas. We turned the road trip down and back into a fun and unique sightseeing tour. While in Vegas, we skipped the strip and opted for the more wild side of Vegas; we visted wetlands, a mesa, petroglyphs and Spring Mountain Ranch!
I'd love to spend more time in all of these amazing places!
From Nevada Wild:
In an ongoing effort to expand the ruffed grouse range and increase hunter opportunity, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), has implemented a plan to capture and relocate this medium sized forest grouse into many portions of central and northern Nevada.
Podcast: Tips to Finding Ruffed Grouse in Nevada
Before 1963, Nevadans had no ruffed grouse population to call their own. The first translocation of ruffed grouse happened that year when 13 grouse, captured in Idaho, were released in the Ruby Mountains. Nevada’s ruffed grouse population has been expanding ever since.
Learn more here: http://nevadawild.org/expansion-of-ruffed-grouse-range-in-nevada/_
The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) is sponsoring a series of focus groups to learn how our customers view the current license structure.
Specifically, NDOW wants to learn what people think about the hunting and fishing opportunities in Nevada, the ease of the current license structure, and the value received from a license.
A randomized group of customers who purchased a hunting, fishing, or combination license in Nevada were invited to attend these focus groups. If you received an email or phone call and would like to participate, please respond as instructed. If you did not receive an email or phone call asking you to participate you are not eligible to participate at this time; however there will be future opportunities to provide input.
Focus groups will be held in the following cities:
NDOW’s goal is to provide better services to all of Nevada’s hunters and anglers. For additional information contact Jordan Neubauer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 775-688-1597.
This Presidents Day weekend (Sunday night-Monday morning, 2016) we went camping at Fort Churchill State Historic Park. Originally, we were going to camp in northwestern Nevada, near the Fox Range, but it turned out we had an early event on Monday evening.and needed to be back in the Reno area by 3:30 pm. So we decided to hunt for options closer to Reno. We thought about camping along the Carson River and the idea of checking out Fort Churchill came up. We weren't really planning at camping at the park, but when we drove through, the campground looked really nice and quiet so we decided to do it.
We were pleasantly surprised by the campground (we tend not to like the crowds and noise that comes with established campgrounds). It was fairly busy, but people were friendly, polite and quiet. The bathrooms were clean and there were a variety of small hikes you could take right from the campground.
We explored the ruins first thing. The old adobe buildings were built in 1860 for the protection of settlers. The adobes were made from material found in the river flood plains and the rocks for the foundations were gathered in the nearby hills. Lumber was hauled in from the sierras and other materials were shipped in from Sang Francisco. The Civil War made the fort an important supply depot for the Nevada Military District and as a base for troops patrolling the overland routes. The fort was named in honor of Sylvester Churchill, the Inspector General of the U.S. Army.. The fort was abandoned in less than a decade and by January 1870 not many people were left. You can find out a lot more about the history of Fort Churchill here: http://parks.nv.gov/parks/fort-churchill-state-historic-park/
After we explored the ruins, we picked out our campsite and took a little walk over to the Carson River. It was a short walk because I was planning on cooking dinner in the Dutch Oven and wanted to get started fairly early. For dinner I did a really simple wild rice, bean and chicken dish, it was simple and tasty. For breakfast, I did a very easy and simple chorizo and egg bake--I'll post that recipe soon,it was soooooo delicious!
We woke up early on Monday morning and ran over to the ruins to get some "golden light" pictures of the ruins. It was a beautiful, springlike morning. We then hiked from the campground east to the Carson River Ranches which is also a part of the Fort Churchill State Historic Park. It was a really nice little hike along the Carson River and it's a nature trail so there are signs along the way explaining about different plants and animals you can find in the area.
It was a really nice and unexpected weekend getaway. I recommend it, especially for folks in the Reno/Carson area that are looking for a close, easy camping spot. A day pass for the park is $7 and it's $10 for camping totaling $17 for one night of camping.. They sell firewood there for $4.00.
From Nevada Wild:
For those anglers new to ice fishing, you are in for a surprise. It is relaxing, quite easy and much more social than its warm weather cousin.
Contrary to popular myth, ice anglers can use pretty much the same gear that they use during the summer with just a few minor exceptions.
Learn more here: http://nevadawild.org/how-to-ice-fish-in-nevada/
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