by Justin Panson The Ghost Town has the most beautiful name, drawn from botanical nomenclature, at once Victorian and old western. But I omit it here, based on keeping secret places secret. With a place this unspoiled you have to be careful with the information. The old timer who told Whitey about the town looked long and hard at him before deciding he was worthy to entrust. So we’re carrying that trust forward.I think that’s why you never got a really clear map to get out there. There was some dead reckoning involved, as if you had to really want to get out there and had the get-up to figure it out. In the age of moment-by-moment self-broadcast and the perfect memory of Google, there are no secrets anymore. I’m a bit concerned about even sharing this account.Read more
Spring Awakening in Baker The patio of T&D's Restaurant, Lounge and Convenience Store Baker is coming back to life with businesses reopening, more cave tours offered, snow melting, and wildflowers emerging. T&D's restaurant, lounge, and convenience store is now open for lunch and dinner. They serve American, Italian, and Mexican dishes. Kerouac's restaurant and bar owners Kate Claes and Jack Cerese behind the bar Kerouac's restaurant and bar opens April 19, with their signature fresh takes on American classics. You can find more about all the amenities in the area at the cool new website Discover Great Basin. The Cave is Extra Wet! Lehman Caves is generally the wettest in spring months, as the snow melts on the mountain above, infiltrates the tiny cracks in the marble, and drips into the cave passages. When the drips come fast, they don't have time to make speleothems like soda straws and stalactites, they fill pools and rimstone dams with water.Read more
by Curtis Fong, "the Guy from Tahoe" March came in like a Lion. Will it go out like a Lamb? Don’t hold your breath! It appears that unsettled weather will continue into the first week of April. When will spring get here? Who knows. Enjoy reloads of fresh snow while you can, and April is set up with a ton of spring events that you don’t want to miss. On April 1 don’t miss the Biggest Skiing & Boarding Event to ever come to Lake Tahoe. “The Lake Tahoe Ski Mountain Marathon”! Over 1000 participants will compete to see who can ski one run at each resort around Lake Tahoe. In this order. Starting at Granlibakken, Homewood, Sierra at Tahoe, Kirkwood, Heavenly, Diamond Peak, Mt Rose, Northstar, Tahoe Donner, Soda Springs, Sugar Bowl, Donner Ski Ranch, Boreal, Alpine & Squaw Valley. APRIL FOOLS!
by Erick Studenicka First contested in 1983, the Ely Outdoor Enthusiasts club bills its annual Bristlecone Birkebeiner Cross Country Ski Race in rural White Pine County as the longest running Nordic event contested in Nevada. But the race is more than the Silver State’s oldest cross country ski race — it’s the only one. Located more than 300 miles from the renowned snow of Nevada’s east shore of Lake Tahoe, the Bureau of Land Management’s Ward Mountain Recreation Area in the shade of 10,941-foot Ward Mountain makes for an unlikely site of the state’s lone Nordic race.
OATBRAN Part II, Putting Away the Bikes and Breaking out the Skis-OATBRAN Ride continues on US Highway 50 across Nevada. My last write-up featured the start from Lake Tahoe to the Lunch Stop at Bean Flat between Austin and Eureka. This the continuation of the ride and includes *Notes to the Mochila”. In honor of the Pony Express, we ask each rider to carry a saddlebag [...]
Bicycling Nevada in August-by Curtis Fong, “the Guy from Tahoe” August with its hot daytime temps and thunder showers is the Dog Days of Summer when it comes to bicycling events in Nevada. Still, August is still a great time to get out and ride, no matter where you are in Nevada. Road Biking in Northern Nevada and [...]
Bicycling Nevada – July is Looking Hot!-by Curtis Fong, “the Guy from Tahoe” The Bicycling Season in Nevada has started and is going strong with many exceptional June events and more upcoming in July. America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride on Sunday June 3 was sold out and had 3000 participants with 1040 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training bicyclists coming [...]
Jampacked June for Bicycling in Nevada-by Curtis Fong, “The Guy From Tahoe” Holly Molly! Did you see how fast that Peloton was moving through Carson Valley? Amazing Race! Women’s Stage 2 The 13th Annual Tour of California, Men’s Stage 6 and Women’s Stage 2, provided excitement and drama as both races came through the Carson Valley and climbed up and [...]
‘The Mustang’ movie filmed in Carson City hits theaters I opened the March issue of Rolling Stone magazine to find a 4-1/2-star review of ‘The Mustang,’ the movie shot at Nevada State Prison in 2017 that made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival this February. The film went into general release just a few [...] Continue Reading
April Greetings from Elko. Spring has arrived and we are enjoying the warmer weather. Real Sarahs Coming to Elko Come join the fun as this Americana trio makes their debut performance in Elko, NV at the Duncan Little Creek Gallery and Bar. As rising stars in the West Coast Americana scene, The Real Sarahs have [...] Continue Reading
To motor or not to motor? That is the question! Have you ever been to a polo match? They can be awesome if it is your first attendance. I experienced my first when I lived in Tennessee. It was an exclusive invite, which is rare in those circles. Now, you can experience it at Star [...] Continue Reading
Narrow, Crooked and Ornery! by Dick Dreiling What we currently refer to as the Nevada-California-Oregon Railway (NCO) was, in fact, a very confused, many-named, underfunded and contrary undertaking. On current maps, it is shown the railroad ran north from Reno to Lakeview Oregon. However, it was originally envisioned as running SOUTH from Wadsworth towards the [...] Continue Reading