Thursday, January 15, 2015


Reno, NV has the lovely Truckee River running straight through the downtown area. IT makes it one of the most interesting places in all the city since you can hear the lovely sounds of running water, see the icy waters in winter and see kids and adults splashing in the water in summer. It is a gathering place and a lovely place to sit on a sunny afternoon no matter the season. Although Reno's downtown area may not be the nicest area in the city, it has starting to become a rather new and nifty place. There are new restuarants, plays, concerts and hotels along with activities throughout the year. (i.e. Santa Crawl. Too many people for me, but still a fun event.  Santa Crawl! ).

When I was in college I found myself downtown often. It was a neat place to be with cute coffee shops and a few funky little stores. It is nice to see that it is being revitalized! Plus the city is getting a Tesla Gigafactory which is bringing major jobs to the area. Woohoo!!!!
 The downtown ducks at the river!
 Jeans and top: Loft, Cardigan: Old Navy, Shoes: Target ( a few years ago), Headband: ?

 The Boy took these pictures of me by the river. It was a pretty nice day and we were on the hunt for records. There is a cute little record store right on the river. 
The only sad thing I notice when looking at these pictures is the severe lack of water. I know it may look normal, but with the last few years being so dry the water level is significantly lower than normal. Here is to hoping for snow and rain. We need it!
The Boy hanging out with me!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A weekend hike

I love to be out in nature. I have had a few health problems in the recent past that have made it more difficult for me to do too much activity, but I am finally starting to feel better. Thanks Yoga! My flexibility is almost back. Anyways, our close proximity to the mountains and fair weather recently have lead to some pretty great hiking opportunities. This is one I had been meaning to do for a while. The trail is called Silver Saddle ranch Dead Truck Trail. It leads up to the top of a hill and provides and excellent view of the entire little city I live in. It truly is worth it to hike!
 The view of the ranch while hiking the trail. This was the easy part!
 Twisted winter bush. Though, to be honest, living in a dry climate, they pretty much look like this all year long. Ha.
I had to take a break to get water and empty my shoes.
We found the dead truck the trail was named after. It had clearly been there for a bit. Side note: I really enjoy pieces of history like this. Abandoned pieces of human life. Trucks, buildings, even whole towns. It is so interesting to me to see how people forgot or left these items, so nature took over and has tried to take it back. So neat! 
The boy at the abandoned truck, 
Inside the truck. The dirt and rocks have taken over. 

Finally, the view worth hiking for. This is a view of the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Carson Valley area. 
I love snow covered mountains!
Here is the view of our little city from the top of the hill. We did it and got an amazing reward!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year

May your 2015 be filled with adventures! (Picture of Lake Tahoe in Summer)