All Things Nevada

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Exploring Central Nevada

In November, Matt and I joined a friend and his daughter for a camping weekend in central Nevada. Though Matt and I had moved back to Nevada 5 months earlier, this road trip was a great reminder of what I love about this state. We left Carson City around noon on a Friday with a…

Art, Ghosts, and Mines in Central Nevada

Prior to camping at Benton Hot Springs, the first stop Thea and I make on our little road trip is Tonopah, Nevada (US 95, halfway between Reno and Las Vegas).  We have a room reserved at the historic Mizpah Hotel (built in 1907). After we check in, the very first thing Thea and I do…

My Favorite Hot Springs in Nevada

I would never have expected it, but three years after writing about the Carson River Hot Springs, it has become my most popular post, by far. I cannot deprive you of any more hot spring recommendations, so here are my favorite hot springs in Nevada (so far). Carson River Hot Springs The Carson River Hot…

My Morning Walk: A Photo Challenge

Several times a week before heading to work, I take a walk.  It’s become such an important part of my morning routine.  At the end of 2014, I had accumulated a few really nice shots that I had taken during these walks, so Matt challenged me to take a photo every time I went on…

Welcome to Nevada!

Admittedly, it took some time for me to embrace Nevada.  Moving from moisture rich Michigan to the high desert was a major change.  I didn’t know what my life would be like here, nor did I know anything about this state. I can’t remember what I had anticipated before the move, but I find that many people visiting…

10 Great Hikes Near Reno/Tahoe

If you live near (or are visiting) the Reno/Tahoe area, here are some wonderful hikes to enjoy before the snow falls: Hike to the summit of Mt. Rose to see gorgeous views of Reno, Lake Tahoe, and the surrounding areas. The Rubicon Trail follows the shoreline along a 5 mile stretch of Lake Tahoe and…

Photos of the Week: Valley of Fire

A few years ago, we rang in the new year at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada (55 miles northeast of Las Vegas).  The days were for hiking and the nights were for hanging out by the campfire and (and some full moon hiking as well!).  

Hiking the Incline Flume Trail

Yesterday we had perfect hiking weather, it was chilly outside but the sun was warm.  Matt and I set out to hike the Incline Flume Trail, located above Incline Village, Nevada. We parked off of Mount Rose Highway (NV-431) at a dirt pullout with several other cars (across the highway is a much larger paved area that was completely full when we…

Hiking Mt. Rose

The trek up to the summit of Mt. Rose is one of the most popular hikes in the state of Nevada, and it’s conveniently located for locals and tourists alike on northeast side of Lake Tahoe.  You can find the Mt. Rose trailhead at the summit of State Route 431/Mt. Rose Highway.  (A 30 minute drive from downtown Reno or a 15 minute drive from Incline Village.) …

Great Basin: The Loneliest National Park?

It takes exactly six hours to get to Great Basin National Park from Carson City. This is on a Friday afternoon in late April.  Matt and I don’t talk much during the drive. The familiar landscape of Highway 50 was taking all of our attention because it looks different on this day. The overcast sky and sudden…

So Long, Nevada

Nevada, I’m going to miss you so much, but it’s time to move on. Matt and I have lived in Carson City for the past 10 years. During that time, we explored the state like crazy. We didn’t make it everywhere, of course, but of the places we have been, here is what I will…