Nevada at 75 mph ~ from Reno to Las Vegas

My sister and I, along with her two kiddos, hopped into a rented Ford Fiesta last Thursday and headed to Las Vegas to see our dad.

Reno, Fernley, Fallon, Schurz, Hawthorne, Mina/Luning, Tonapah, Goldfield, Beatty, Indian Springs, Las Vegas…mostly at 75-80 mph. With a few “I have to use that sagebrush! NOW!” stops.

I started taking photographs at Walker Lake. Hold onto your seat and wipe the bugs off your teeth. When you see the fuzzy dark spots…those ARE bugs as I shot through the windshield.

Will post pics on the way back from Las Vegas in another post.

Walker Lake.

Walker Lake.


Walker Lake…very low water level.

Walker Lake…very low water level.


Hawthorne Army Depot

Hawthorne Army Depot


Boundary Peak.

Boundary Peak.


Boundary Peak.

Boundary Peak.


Somewhere before Tonapah.

Somewhere before Tonapah.


Area with a cell tower to the right where we all grabbed our phones.

Area with a cell tower to the right where we all grabbed our phones.


Mountain range after mountain range after mountain range…you know you're in Nevada when.  LOL!

Mountain range after mountain range after mountain range…you know you’re in Nevada when. LOL!


Driving into Goldfield NOT AT 75 MPH!  Haunted Goldfield Hotel to the right.

Driving into Goldfield NOT AT 75 MPH! Haunted Goldfield Hotel to the right.


Goldfield Court House.

Goldfield Court House.


Joshua Trees.

Joshua Trees.


More Joshua Trees keeping guard.

More Joshua Trees keeping guard.


Twilight in Southern Nevada.

Twilight in Southern Nevada.


Sun setting.

Sun setting.


Full moon rising!  This was a sagebrush stop and shot the moon.

Full moon rising! This was a sagebrush stop and shoot the moon.

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Day at Trego Hot Springs, Black Rock Desert ~ Nevada

FINALLY! Saturday we finally made it back up to the Black Rock…we’ve been wanting to get up there before the snow flies, seems something always came up.

Drove up Pyramid Lake Highway and then took a right once got to Pyramid Lake heading towards Nixon.

I wanted to keep going north and go through the Smoke Creek, but alas…for some odd reason I don’t always get my way! 😦 That’s ok, because then I wouldn’t have seen the Truckee at Nixon ~

Nor gotten pics (digital this time…I’ve lots of film pictures) of the petroglyphs on the Winnemucca Lake side half way between Nixon and Gerlach ~

We stopped off at a “storage unit” garage sale in Empire…my husband can’t pass a yard sale…then headed on through Gerlach to Planet X. I was going to get an angel ornament, but saw a froggie while paying and changed my mind. I get something everytime we’re up there…usually from the seconds shelf.

Then back through Gerlach towards Empire to catch the BLM road to Winnemucca…Trego Hot Springs is on the way. The water was great…weather was warm too. Last time we were there it snowed. Two trains passed. Only had two other people there the whole day and they didn’t show up until 4pm…ended up that she knew my FIL, went to high school together! It’s a small world! I hiked around while my husband rode his bike. Played cribbage, frisbee, soaked in the hot springs.

Then sped across the playa to Bruno's in Gerlach…we didn’t get the ravioli’s instead we had fried chicken and spaghetti (we shared our meals). I wish I had pictures of the moonless night to share with you. Had to pull-over between Gerlach and Nixon for a “pit stop” 😀 and just happened to look up…Oh My Gosh! I haven’t seen that many stars in a long time. The Milky Way was so thick it looked like someone just painted the sky with white. The Big Dipper was sitting low…shooting stars everywhere. Big sigh. We pulled the tailgate down and just sat for 1/2 hour watching the sky.