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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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ~ Las Vegas, Nevada

My sister, niece, nephew and I visited my dad and Linda down in Las Vegas over the weekend. They live but a hop skip and jump from Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. After brunch and trip to a new mall (Tevana and L’Occitane YAY!) we all loaded up and did the 13-mile scenic drive with a few walking stops.

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This was taken when inside the van…probably at 30 mph.

This was taken when inside the van…probably at 30 mph.


The sun was blasting right at me…bad exposure.

The sun was blasting right at me…bad exposure.

Wordless Wednesday ~ Last Night’s Moon

Panasonic Lumix FZ150

Panasonic Lumix FZ150


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11/04/2014 Sparks, NV around 5:10 pm PST.

11/04/2014 Sparks, NV around 5:10 pm PST.


11/04/2014 Sparks, NV around 5:10 pm PST.

11/04/2014 Sparks, NV around 5:10 pm PST.

Rancho San Rafael Park on an Autumn day

My sister, her boss, and myself walked around Rancho San Rafael Park at lunch time yesterday. A lot of the trees have turned already (few oaks holding out), but there were lots to see.

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Wordless Wednesday ~ Verdi, Nevada

Verdi, Nevada 12 Oct 2014

Verdi, Nevada 12 Oct 2014

Verdi, Nevada 12 October 2014

Verdi, Nevada 12 October 2014

Verdi, Nevada 12 October 2014

Verdi, Nevada 12 October 2014

Weekend Roundup ~ 22 September 2014

Depending on which ever way the wind blows, our days here in the Truckee Meadows either start off looking like this:

Morning smoke from the King Fire in Pollock Pines, CA.

Morning smoke from the King Fire in Pollock Pines, CA.

Or, yesterday’s sunrise pre-settling of smoke:

Canada geese flying by Sunday morning ~ 21 Sept 2014

Canada geese flying by Sunday morning ~ 21 Sept 2014

As of this morning, the King fire has burnt 87,592 acres and is only 18% contained. Come on Mom Nature! Bring them some rain already!

Friday I took 4 hours of annual leave and stopped off for some canning jars as I had mustard seeds soaking in some Sierra Nevada 2014 Beer Camp West Coast Double IPA.

I adapted a recipe I saw using Guinness Stout:

In a glass bowl add the following: 1 cup yellow mustard seed, .5 cup of brown mustard seed, 12 oz IPA or dark beer, 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 2-3 tsp of sea or kosher salt, 1 tsp coarse ground pepper, 1/4 tsp each of cloves, nutmeg and allspice. You can add turmeric for yellow coloring, but I didn’t use it. Let it sit on the counter, covered, for two days. I stirred it before going to work and then when I got home. Plop it all into a blender or food processor and grind away until you get it how you like it…I added a bit more beer to get it the thickness I liked. Pour into your canning jars and hot bath process for 10 minutes. Being at a higher altitude I processed mine for 20 minutes total.

Beer Mustard in the making.

Beer Mustard in the making.

10 4-oz jars of Sierra Nevada Beer Mustard.

10 4-oz jars of Sierra Nevada Beer Mustard.

I also stopped off at the Sparks Windy Moon Quilts shop to buy a yard of white on white fabric to start a wall hanging quilt. While there I bought the September’s Fat 8th to make a Building Blocks To The Moon in support of ovarian cancer research.

You donate $1 and then you receive a Fat 8th of focus fabric (September’s is a multi-colored Autumn leaf fabric). You then make a 12.5″ block using the fabric, a selected colored fabric by the store (brick red this time) and any fabrics from your stash. Turn in the block by noon of the last day of the month. Both stores are participating in the challenge…anyone who made a block will have their names entered into a drawing where one of us will end up with all the blocks.

I had saved a Mini Medallion tutorial and thought the center block of that would make a great block for that fabric.

My entry to Building Blocks To The Moon…September 2014.

My entry to Building Blocks To The Moon…September 2014.

After finishing up the challenge block, I got my Kate Spain’s Solstice layer cake out and Lori Holt’s tutorial for a Scrappy Cross Roads Block.

Then on Saturday morning, after shooshing my husband out the door for his half day of overtime, brewing a cup of chai latte, I settled in with my pretty winter Solstice fabric. I have four blocks all sewn together, now will put a border or two on it.

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Winter Solstice Cross Roads

Winter Solstice Cross Roads

Sneak peak at an upcoming post ~

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Wordless Wednesday ~ 20 August 2014

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thistle, boca


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wild roses