Organ Pipe National Park

Organ Pipe National Park

About Me

I purchased "Sadie''s House On Wheels "in late 2007 and loved traveling in a motor home so much that I went on the road full time in late 2008. I started writing this blog to help me remember all the wonder places I have been and it allows me to share those places with my family and friends. Summer of 2013 I decided to hang up the keys for a while and moved back into my stick house. After nearly two years, I am on the road again.

Friday, January 20, 2012

More January Hiking around Reno

When I last posted I commented on how great the weather has been for January around Reno... cold mornings with day time temperatures in the 60s make for great hiking.  Mid January  turned out another  another spring like day and hiking buddy, Sandi, and I headed over to Mt. Davidson which overlooks the old mining town of Virginia City.  Mt. Davidson is a short steep climb from Virgina town  center and rewards one with vista views of mountains to the north and Washoe Valley and Washoe Lake to the south.  This was one hike I would not want to do in the Summer, as the hike was steep and without any shade.

 At the very beginning of our "climb" we saw these mule deer.  They were probably searching out water.

Mt. Davidson is the farthest knoll.  It doesn't look to menacing from this vantage point but once I got closer it seemed a lot steeper.
 The views toward Mt. Rose and Slide Mountain. You can see the ski runs that are now brown and normally are full of skiers this time of year.
 Washoe Lake which is the center piece for Washoe Valley.

Virgina City from near the top of Mt. Davidson.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Is it really January?

I've lived in the Reno/Tahoe area for nearly 20 years and I have never, ever, seen the hills and mountains around Reno in December like this:

Brown, very brown.  Usually this time of year the hills and mountains have at least a dusting of snow...but this!?  Reno had a really bad fire in Mid-December due to the lack of rain and high winds.  A cold front with some rain came in and helped contain the fire.  Dozens of homes were lost.  The fire was on the hills behind the down town area.  If you look closely you can see some really black/dark hills on the extreme right where the fire went through.  Also, a fire went through the Peavine area not too long ago.  You can see the burn on the lower left part of the photo.

Thursday, my hiking pal Sandi and I, meandered up the Peavine Mountains.  We didn't make all the way to the microwave  towers, but got pretty close.  The day was a perfect day for hiking...temps in the low 60's with very little wind, and very clear blue skies, except for a "pancake" cloud here and there.  Actually, they are called lenticular clouds and are unique to the Eastern Sierras, although I have seen them other places.  Usually these clouds appear in the Spring when the upper atmosphere is really windy.  I've hiked in this area in the winter time, the only difference is that usually at this time of year you need snowshoes!

With weather this nice (albeit a little cooler in Portola) I'll probably stick least until it gets really, really, cold .