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.

Are We There YET?!

I’m soooo looking forward to Autumn.

It’s too bloody hot here in Northern Nevada…and it was so hard not to hug the tv last night while watching Thursday Night Football to try to feel the rain that was coming down in Philly. It’s not fair.

We’ve been in the Low 100F and High 90sF the past week…supposed to have a cool down on Tuesday to 90F!!! WooHoo!

Ok…done whining about the weather for the day.

Update pics on the backyard garden ~ I’ll be picking the last of the beans this weekend, me thinks. And at least 1/2 of the carrots. Will blanch and freeze ’em.

I’ve been trying really hard not to pick anymore peppers until they’ve changed colors. Those long skinny ones, that I had no clue as to what they were (I figured they were Serranos on steroids), are Cayennes! Ohhhh…that’s why they are so scrumptious in my Pico de Gallo! Definitely will plant those again next year.


Cayenne Peppers! SOOOO Yummmie!


Sweet Italian Peppers


Very cool looking Miniature Caribbean Habenaro Reds ~ bet they aren’t too cool to bite into though. 🙂


I’ve been picking cucumbers like crazy lately.


Corn is all off the stocks, except for one stock of corn that grew somewhere else in the yard…probably thanks to a bird pooping. It has about 4 ears that are almost ready to pick. The rest of the stocks I’ll be leaving in the ground until it’s time to decorate for fall. I love tying a bunch of them up to the cedar trees out front.

Have to figure out what to do with all my green onions ~ will be bringing some into work as there is interest in them from a few people.


Squash gone wild!


The moon last night ~ guess I should have gotten the tripod out, but I was lazy.


Soap I made, and named it after the moon ~ Sea of Tranquility ~ it is scented by essential oils of Bergamot, Clary Sage, Rosemary and a little bit of Peppermint. Very relaxing smell. But I must say it drives me absolutely bonkers, as it is curing under the Spiced Chocolate Caffee soap on top of the frig…and every time I walk by I get a whif of Chocolate Mint. ACK!

This is Mad Max ~ he was a little hot…wasn’t happy about getting his picture taken…Grumpy Ole Man.

Was craving popped corn last night…and not the microwave crap…the real thing. Got everything out to make it and then came to the realization of what a HORRIBLE MISTAKE I made in choosing my stove! I bought the ceramic stove top oven! You can’t make popped corn on that type of surface! So out came my hot plate that I melt soy wax on…Thank Goodness I had that!

Playing with the camera modes last night…the lighting was too low for the first picture, but I like it anyhoo.

And last, but definitely not least in my book ~ one of my lovelies ~ My Precious!

Ok…one more bitch session about the junipers! We are down to TWO juniper stumps that we are having a Dickens of a Time getting out. Big sigh. Why are they allowed to plant those bloody things?! They should be outlawed! I’m ready to pour gas on them and flick a match in their direction…invite the neighborhood over for a weenie roast.

LOL! Ya see that orange cone next to the BENT sign post? That was our neighbor across the street backing his boat out…he did the same thing to the other post on his side of the street. Looks like he hasn’t been doing that well driving lately, as the front end of his truck is smooshed somewhat!

Full Moon, Rock Cairns and Roses at UNR…just pics today!

Just pictures today ~ but I love pictures so I’m happy with that! 🙂

What a beautiful full moon we had last night, eh?! I got the tripod out and took pictures around 10 pm out in the front yard. I think the shots of the trees in front of the moon came out pretty cool.

Took more pictures of the rose beds at the north end of campus next to the Medical School. I should have asked her name, the girl who takes care of all the roses on campus. She was out prunning. Told her how much I love what she is doing with them…and that I was envious of her job. LOL! Also found out that the guy who takes care of our grounds at the Medical School and who makes the rock cairns is her fiance. Would love to see their yard at home…

Get ready for lots of roses…and one Mum!

And here are some more rock cairn pictures…