It doesn’t matter what time of year it is but vacation days are better than regular days. You know, those ‘going to work days’ or even just the ones where you stay home on the weekend aren’t the same as official vacation ones. I have a ton of new photos to share but thought I would give you a quick peek into some recent vacation days. We made the drive across all of Northern Nevada to Great Basin National Park which borders on Utah. You can expect to see more in the upcoming days … enjoy.
This is the first view from my new commute to work. I am now living in the valley instead of driving down from the mountain. And, this is just the same view from a different angle. Pretty awesome, eh? Pretty lucky to see this from my living room, too, huh? Ya, go ahead, be jealous.
I’m also using this opportunity to play with a new app on my phone. It’s called Pixl-O-Matic and it’s about the same thing as Instagram but it has tons more filters and you don’t have to share them in an Instagram feed if you don’t want to do it. Pixlr also has a couple of other photo editors available but this seems to be the easy, more playful model. Pixlr did not pay me to say that. The app is free and I like it.
Back to my commute view, I now drive through Washoe Valley by Little Washoe Lake. The lake itself is a part of a state park and wildlife preserve so there are tons of birds. The wind kicks up around here on a pretty regular basis so there are lots of opportunities for windsurfing but the lake isn’t really deep enough for big boats or anything like that. I do, however, plan to do some kayaking out there when the weather warms up a bit.
Once you are out of Washoe Valley and headed back toward Reno, you drive through Pleasant Valley. This was recently the main thoroughfare from Reno to Carson City. I am happy to report that there is a new freeway and this road has much less traffic. It’s almost like an old country road, including pastures with horses. I am going to have to get more comfortable with using cruise control, though. The speed limit is only 50 mph through here. Yikes.
My old drive was down from those mountains in the background. The sunrises from this angle are going to be awesome.
And, of course, my drive to work still includes this stop. Why can’t I break you, Starbuck’s, WHY?