Tag: Great Basin National Park

                                                                                                Indian Paintbrush

Awakening

Spring is here, and Baker is awakening out of its winter slumber! A number of businesses are reopening for the season. The Great Basin Café at Lehman Caves Visitor Center in Great Basin National Park opens April 1 and will be open on weekends throughout the month, expanding to more days as seasonal staff come on.

Kerouac’s reopens

                                                                       Kate Claes and Jake Cerese, owners of Kerouac’s.

Kerouac’s restaurant and bar in downtown Baker reopens April 13. Owner Kate Claeys says they  are excited about the new season. “We have new options on our menu.” Owner Jake Cerese expands, “We will have a meatloaf and polenta dish along with calzones.” These will join pizza, burger, and salad options. Their first season in Baker in 2017 was quite a success, and they will be adding staff to provide even better service. Kate says, “We will be working even more with local growers,” to provide fresh produce for specials. Kerouac’s will be open for breakfast and dinner daily except on Tuesdays. The adjacent Stargazer Inn is open year-round.

Home and Garden Show

                                                                                                Working in the garden

The Border Inn holds its annual Home and Garden Show on Saturday, April 21 beginning at 11 a.m. This is an opportunity to buy soil, veggies, flowers, and more while asking questions of experienced garden experts. Vendor booths will also be present, including the local 4-H club selling baked goods and solar system beads. And you might want to time your visit to include lunch or dinner, as the Border Inn has impromptu tasty specials.

Hampton Creek Hike and Antelope Trap

A fun place to go for a spring is Hampton Creek in the North Snake Range. From the Gandy Road, you turn west on a two-track road (high clearance recommended) just after the mud-engulfed cabin called the Parker Place. This area burned in 2014, and not long after flash floods washed a massive amount of debris down from the mountains and miles into the valley. The road was covered with mud in places, and the mud flowed through the cabin. Later rains caused more flooding, but the road up to the entrance of Hampton Creek is in relatively good shape, but it is washed out soon after. But you can still hike along the canyon, admiring spring wildflowers and butterflies.

                                                    A part of the ancient Native American antelope trap walls at Hendry’s Creek

Not far away is the Hendry’s Creek Antelope Trap, one of over 100 features in the Great Basin made to help capture animals. The rock walls started wide and narrowed, which would have funneled pronghorn antelope towards the bottom. Prehistoric hunters would have been hiding behind the walls. It’s anticipated that the traps were built over 3,500 years ago! Read more on this fascinating website.

— Gretchen Baker

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Baker Correspondence – April 2018

                                                                                                Indian Paintbrush Awakening Spring is here, and Baker is awakening out of its winter slumber! A number of businesses are reopening for the season. The Great Basin Café at Lehman Caves Visitor Center in Great Basin National Park opens April 1 and will be open on weekends throughout the month, expanding to more days […]

Baker Correspondence – November 2017

                                                             The 25-yard rifle competition at the annual Baker Turkey Shoot November ushers in colder weather, but that doesn’t stop people from going out for the annual turkey shoot. We don’t shoot turkeys, but those who have the highest scores shooting targets win frozen turkeys. The 16th annual event will be held Saturday, November 18th, […]

Baker Correspondence – September 2017

A September is one of the most beautiful months to visit Baker and the surrounding area. With the cooler temperatures and shorter days, the leaves start changing color, beginning at tree line and working their way down. Snake Creek, in the southern part of the park, has beautiful high elevation aspen groves. A hike to […]

Baker Correspondence – August 2017

Life Returns to the Strawberry Fire Area                                                      Strawberry  Creek Canyon, the area burned by a wildfire in August 2016 It’s been a year since the Strawberry Fire, which burned over 4,000 acres of National Park Service and BLM land at the north end of the South Snake Range. The area looks a lot different […]

Ely Correspondence – August 2017

1987 Ely Centennial Celebration – Thirty Years Later Mining is an up and down activity, with the price of minerals controlling the rise and fall of the economy in a mining town. The 1980’s were very typical of the mining boom and bust cycle and had a lasting impact on the future of White Pine […]

Baker Correspondence – July 2017

Nevada’s Last Glacier                                                                       High-altitude wildflowers growing on Wheeler Peak July is one of the busiest months in Baker, with hotel rooms, cave tours, and developed campgrounds at capacity. You can still enjoy your visit by booking ahead (for lodging options and cave tours) and checking out more primitive campsites (e.g., Snake Creek area and […]

Baker Correspondence – June 2017

                                                         The new Great Basin Cafe near the Lehman Caves Visitors Center Baker is busy in June! Fortunately, all the local businesses are up and running. One of the new offerings is the Great Basin Café, up next to the Lehman Caves Visitor Center. Hours are starting at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with breakfast […]

Baker Correspondence – May 2017

The flowers are blooming, and you can enjoy them over a longer distance as the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive in Great Basin National Park is plowed this month. During the winter it is open only to Upper Lehman Creek Campground, but as conditions allow, it is opened to the Osceola Trail parking, then Mather Overlook, […]

Ely Correspondence – March 2017

Ely and White Pine County: Full of History During its past, Ely was a mining town.  In the 1870s and ’80s, White Pine was part of a boom when British money was invested in the silver mines. After 1900 came the copper boom. In the next 70 years, more than a billion dollars in copper […]

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