As I explore Elko, Nevada over the next 13 weeks, you’ll quickly get a sense why this truly is the Great American West. A land capable of stretching the limits of my adventures to the fullest. The raw majesty of Elko County’s Ruby Mountains and the rugged canyon streams will let me discover the unspoiled drama of the West.
The city of Elko sits at an elevation of 5,060 feet. This high desert community experiences four mild annual seasons. Spring in Northern Nevada explodes with color as acres of wildflowers bloom in splendor. Abundant wildlife awaits my discovery including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, mountain goats, mule deer, Himalayan snowcock, and a variety of peak-dwelling birds. With an annual average rain fall of less than 10 inches, the dry climate makes this area an ideal year-round vacation spot to experience a variety of outdoor adventures.
Elko County has so many things to see and outdoor activities to enjoy and I’m not sure what to do first. I only know I’ll soon discover why they’re slogan is “The Adventure Starts Here!”
I’ve already seen “Metaphor: The Tree of Utah.” Metaphor is a strange 87-foot tall sculpture poking up out of the white plains of the Bonneville Salt Flats. The Tree was created in the early 1980s by European artist Karl Momen. It was dedicated in 1986 as “A hymn to our universe whose glory and dimension is beyond all myth and imagination.” Artist Momen doesn’t have to look at it; one of his rich friends gave him the land, he built the thing, then went back to Sweden. LOL! You aren’t supposed to pull off to pose with it as there is no parking lot or pull-off. There is razor-wire-topped fence that now surrounds the sculpture. I’m not sure what kind of a metaphor that is, but it doesn’t seem very friendly.
I’ve also seen one of the most unique natural features in Utah, the famous Bonneville Salt Flats. It’s so barren not even basic lift forms can survive. I plan to return for a hike. You can see more at: http://utah.com/bonneville-salt-flats
The adventure has begun!