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I recently posted this photo as I had taken it pretty much straight out of camera.   Then, I played with it a little bit in Instagram and shared with it with a few friends.   My Instagram and Facebook accounts have pretty much blown up with comments and likes.   So, I thought I would share it on here as well.    It’s just another one from my daily commute.   I literally just rolled the window down to take this picture.   I didn’t even get out of the car.

This was taken from the Geiger Grade rest stop looking west at Mount Rose above Reno, Nevada.

Snowshoeing and a Good Lunch

There is plenty of snow in my neck of the woods and, while I do love to ski, lift tickets are expensive.   So, this weekend, I opted to enjoy some nature via snowshoes.    My friend and I headed out toward Carson Pass, south of Gardnerville, NV, up into the California hills and went for a hike above Red Lake off of Highway 88.   The area is near where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses the highway and has tons of options for fun in about any direction.   Here’s a good map and directions:   CLICK.  I am trying out a new point and shoot camera (Nikon Coolpix AW100) and a couple of the shots are also from my phone.

Red Lake

People actually ice fish here.  No way.
People actually ice fish here. No way.
There were lots of tracks from skiers and boarders that had been here before us when the pow-pow was freshy.
There were lots of tracks from skiers and boarders that had been here before us when the pow-pow was freshy.
The view from above Red Lake back into Hope Valley.
The view from above Red Lake back into Hope Valley.
Earned.
Earned.

After the hike, we drove back to a neat spot to have lunch.   Sorenson’s is a cute, little resort right on the road that has a variety of private cabins that you can rent throughout the year.   There is a tiny restaurant (six tables) that serves amazing, chef-inspired dishes.   I’m sure a million people drive by this place without giving it a second glance.   They are missing out on the good stuff, for real.

sorensons

Burgundy beef stew for lunch ... only $9!
Burgundy beef stew for lunch … only $9!
steaming berry cobbler with vanilla ice cream
steaming berry cobbler with vanilla ice cream
completely shareable size -- but just save room and hog it all for yourself!
completely shareable size — but just save room and hog it all for yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice Fog

I have a pretty spectacular view on my daily commute.    I drive down from about 6,500 feet near Virginia City, Nevada, into the valley where Reno hugs the Sierra mountains.    Today was one of those days where a weather inversion is holding the clouds down and providing an interesting photo opp.   Enjoy.

FYI:  All photos were taken with my phone, a Samsung Galaxy IIIS.   And, yes, I pulled over to take the pictures.   Safety first.

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This is what it looks like when you are in the valley.   The blanket of fog was pretty thick and makes a “pogonip” of ice crystals all over everything.   It’s one of my favorite things about winter because it doesn’t happen very often and, thankfully, never lasts very long.

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