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Bicycling Nevada - May 2019

bikers at Lake Tahoe

Put Up Your Skis and Bring Out the Bike by Curtis Fong "the Guy from Tahoe" Just like that . . . Winter turns to Spring and Spring turns to Summer. . . . Plenty of snow left in the mountains and Heavenly will remain open Fri-Sun, and through Memorial Day, May 27, conditions permitting. Access will be by the Heavenly Gondola . . . Squaw will remain open, daily thru Memorial Day, May 27, then weekends, Fri-Sun till July 1; and finally Wed-Sun, July 3-7 . . . Mammoth Mountain will remain open through July 7 as well. Season passes at your favorite resorts have been on sale, so purchase yours while prices are the lowest — And with that, we move on to the bicycling season! Day Trip; Seven Troughs Range and Ghost Towns by Kurstin Graham Nevadans love to explore remote hard-to-get-to areas of our beloved state.
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Dirt Road to Unionville

Unionville road

by Gage Smith, "the Picon Guy" Any long time Nevadan knows that camping on the first weekend in May can be a real crap shoot. The weather can be anything from sweltering hot to frigid and snowing. I had a planned campout with a rather large group of folks who were sick of winter and ready to get outside. For this trip, I chose Unionville in Pershing County. I figured it wasn’t too far to drive and there is a gravel pit close to town where all 11 rigs can park. With planning in the works, I resorted to calling the National Weather Service in Reno asking them to polish up their crystal ball for the coming weeks. The meteorologists were all friendly and polite but declined to guess. As the day approached, it snowed four inches in Winnemucca . . . but the forecast called for clearing skies and warming temperatures. This was a go.
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Gold medal saddle on a papier-mache horse

The Famous Garcia World’s Fair Gold Medal Saddle from Elko

The book follows the journey of G.S. Garcia and J.M. Capriola, two legendary saddle makers in northeastern Nevada who made their living from the working cowboys and ranchers in the Great Basin. Entering into the present are the Bear and Wright families who have chosen ...
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Poopy pants lights at Burning Man

Dancing with Poop in his Pants

by Chicken John Allow me to explain . . . Ya see, he had an idea for a camp-type thing at Burning Man. He and a bunch of friends were gonna build a windmill thing. Theme camp, split the expenses, all build this windmill together ...
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1930 Chevrolet Speedster leading the way

The Great Race Redux 1908 – 2008

Luke Rizzuto was one of the people who thrilled when a centennial re-creation of the Great New York to Paris automobile race was announced. He has a rare 1918 Chevrolet touring car with an overhead valve V8 engine — that's right, Chevrolet made this engine ...
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Miles End B&B, Kingston Nevada

A Visit to Kingston

The best way to get to Kingston is by way of US 50 to Austin, then west down into the Reese River Valley a couple of miles and then south on the road marked for Big Creek. At Big Creek you turn east and climb ...
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Last Cance Joe at Victorian Square, Sparks Nevada

The Evolution of Last Chance Joe

by Dick Dreiling The original image of Last Chance Joe was designed in 1952 by Roscoe E. "Duke" Reading of Boise Idaho for Dick Graves. NOW Available at Your Local DMV Office! The Last Chance Joe Charity License plate is available for cars, trucks, motorcycles ...
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Proposed Visitor Center, Nevada Souhern Railway

The Last Spike and the First Glimpse of the new Nevada Southern Railway

On Friday morning April 27 Robin and I visited Boulder City and the Nevada State Railroad Museum, home of the Nevada Southern Railway. The little depot on Yucca Street was just coming to life when we arrived, not with choo-choos but with railbikes. These are ...
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Jackrabbit in Winter

Jackrabbits in Winter

by Larry Hyslop I was walking my dogs along a snow-covered dirt road, bundled up since the temperature was in the teens. A black-tailed jackrabbit emerged from the base of a large sagebrush to sprint down the road. My rat terrier took off in pursuit ...
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Wabuska Nevada

The Helping Spirit at Wabuska Nevada

by Eddie Ann Miller "Wabuska" is the Washoe Indian word for "White Grass". The natives appropriately named this area for the chalky white alkali soil, which dusts everything, including grasses that grow near the hot springs. According to local Indians, the mineral rich, red hills ...
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China Camp, near Tecopa

Tecopa Getaway

This Carson City resident was intent on getting away from the grind and finding a hot spring to soak in. She found it in Tecopa. Introducing the first in a series on Finding It in Nevada. by Evangeline Elston Though I am a hot springs ...
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Fitz is down for an 8 count in th 6th round

Corbett vs. Fitzsimmons, Carson City 1897

The dawn of battle day In Carson was all that could be desired by the several thousands of people who have traveled many miles to the snow-bound valley to see the great Corbett-Fitzsimmons fight. Late last night the weather was bitterly cold, the sky was ...
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Squaw Tom Sanders

Horse Guts

by Squaw Tom Sanders This story I want to tell you about happened in 1917. I worked at Mono Lake there. It was team days back then, and we was buildin' highways. We had rippers pulled with horses to loosen up the dirt. We had ...
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Ichthyosaur dig in the Augusta Mountains of Nevada

Icky to Underwrite Ichthyosaur Digs

The Ichthyosaur is Nevada's favorite fossil, and it has been given a new lease on life by a German professor of Paleontology and a beer brewer in Reno. Metaphorically, I mean, not that Old Stonybones will ever swim again. Excavations in the mountains southeast of Lovelock ...
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Ormsby House, Carson City Nevada, 1863

Mark Twain’s First Letter

by Jim Reed In signing his famous “letter from Carson City” on January 31, 1863, the man directing the pen morphed from Samuel Langhorne Clemens to Mark Twain with just a few wriggles of his wrist. The world of literature had gained an immortal. This ...
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Sparks: A Town of Two Times

Sparks: A Town of Two Times

by Wendell Huffman Sparks was created in the early 20th century as part of the Union Pacific Railroad’s modernization of the Central Pacific line across Nevada. The old division point at Wadsworth, where trains were dispatched, crews changed, and locomotives were serviced, was being bypassed ...
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Powder in the Lake Tahoe Basin

Tahoe Ski Guide – Where to Do It All in the Tahoe Basin

Where to Stay:Click Here for lodgings One can obviously stay in the Tahoe Basin, however in any decent winter season there the Tahoe Basin tends to get completely booked. So note that Reno also offers a ton of options, you can stay off the beaten ...
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Bluenose the bicycle at Battle Mountain Nevada

A Visit to Battle Mountain During HPV Speed Challenge

We are in Battle Mountain for the World’s Fastest Human-Powered Speed Challenge, which is a contest to see whose bicycle can go fastest on five miles of straight, flat Highway 305 about 15 miles south of town on the road to Austin. Battle Mountain is on ...
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