Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.

Nevada

October 6th, 2014

Nevada state is in the western United States and borders California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Arizona. Nearly three-quarters of the population live in the Las Vegas metropolitan area. Nevada is officially known as the “Silver State” due to the importance of silver to its history and economy. It’s also known as the “Battle Born State”, because it achieved statehood during the Civil War and “Sagebrush State”, for the native plant. Nevada is the driest state in the United States with only 7″ average rainfall per year!

I’m going to be spending the next three months in and around Reno, or better known as “The Biggest Little City in the World”. Reno is nestled on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains that offer the largest concentration of ski facilities in the world within a fifty-mile radius. I’ll skip that, but I may try the biking, fishing or mountain climbing and day trips most visitors enjoy.

I hope you enjoy the photos I’ve taken and keep an eye open for more as the wild West adventure unfolds.

Mt. Rose Highway is a 24 mile highway connecting Reno to Lake Tahoe.

Mt. Rose Highway is a 24 mile highway connecting Reno to Lake Tahoe.

Mount Rose Highway offers fantastic views.

Mount Rose Highway offers fantastic views.

Mount Rose offers plenty of hairpin curves to test the nerves.

Mount Rose offers plenty of hairpin curves to test the nerves.

Mount Rose  is the highest summit open year-round in the Sierra Nevada mountain range at 8,911 feet !

Mount Rose is the highest summit open year-round in the Sierra Nevada mountain range at 8,911 feet !

Bartley Ranch Park's covered bridge.

Bartley Ranch Park’s covered bridge.

The Reno Arch is an iconic landmark in Reno. The original arch was built in 1926 and this  is the 3rd installed at this location.

The Reno Arch is an iconic landmark in Reno. The original arch was built in 1926 and this is the 3rd installed at this location.

Random art in downtown Reno that I liked.

An abstract butterfly springs from a plant-gina in this sculpture by artist Bryan Tedrick. Portal of Evolution.

The Reno Celtic Festival includes music and dancing events, demonstrations and reenactments. I happened upon it by accident while on a hike and was happy I did.

The Reno Celtic Festival includes music and dancing events, demonstrations and reenactments. I happened upon it by accident while on a hike and was happy I did.

Originally opened as a department store, Circus Circus is the second largest hotel in downtown Reno.

Originally opened as a department store, Circus Circus is the second largest hotel in downtown Reno.

Neat clock in downtown Reno

Neat clock in downtown Reno

Reno Downtown Riverwalk area with post office in background.

Reno Downtown Riverwalk area with post office in background.

Huffaker School No. 9 in Reno park.

Huffaker School No. 9 in Reno park.

The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts opened in 1968. The auditorium is topped with a 140-foot diameter gold-anodized geodesic dome made up of 500 faceted panels. It's impressive.

The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts opened in 1968. The auditorium is topped with a 140-foot diameter gold-anodized geodesic dome made up of 500 faceted panels. It’s impressive.

The downtown Reno post office was designed by Frederick DeLongchamps in 1932 and opened in 1934.

The downtown Reno post office was designed by Frederick DeLongchamps in 1932 and opened in 1934.

The Silver Legacy Resort and Casino

The Silver Legacy Resort and Casino

Terry Lee Wells Discovery museum's challenges visitors to reach and climb, take risks, create their own adventures, blaze a trail, be brave, feel competent, have fun, and learn about the environment. I just took this photo.

Terry Lee Wells Discovery museum’s challenges visitors to reach and climb, take risks, create their own adventures, blaze a trail, be brave, feel competent, have fun, and learn about the environment. I just took this photo.

The University of Nevada, Reno is a teaching and research university established in 1874 and located in Reno, Nevada, USA. It is the sole land grant institution for the state of Nevada and really lovely.

The University of Nevada, Reno is a teaching and research university established in 1874 and located in Reno, Nevada, USA. It is the sole land grant institution for the state of Nevada and really lovely.

Reno valley

Reno valley

This interpretive trail is designed to be a safe, comfortable experience for people of all ages and people in wheelchairs.

This interpretive trail is designed to be a safe, comfortable experience for people of all ages and people in wheelchairs.

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Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.