Elko Correspondence – September 2018


Outdoors in Elko County 

There is plenty of summer left in September and here are a few of my ideas to consider:

Berry picking

The wild fruit of the Ruby Mountains are ready for picking. My favorites are elderberries and chokecherries.

Kayaking at Angel Lake

Angel Lake is The only alpine lake in Elko County that is accessible by pavement. This easy access makes it one of my go-to trips when I only have a single day to spare.

Hiking in the Jarbidge Mountains

Nevada’s first wilderness area is one of the most remote spots in Nevada, and its scenic beauty and uniqueness makes it well worth your while to explore.

Wine Walk

The September Wine Walk is set for September 8th, and the fun begins at the Commercial Casino at 4 pm. For just $25 you’ll receive a glass for sampling and endless reasons to stroll through Downtown on this self-guided tour. A designated driver cup for is available for $10, sponsored by Kidwell & Gallagher. The 2018 DBA wine walks are sponsored by Stockmen’s Casino and Ramada Hotel.

Check out the California Trail Center

The Center is a top rate experience for the whole family. They have dioramas and interactive exhibits that immerse the visitor in the trail experience. A highlight is the costumed interpretations and demonstrations of daily life for both Native Americans and pioneers. Outside is a reconstructed Shoshone village and wagon encampment. There are many special events in September, including:

Astronomy Program: Planet or Star?

What planets can we observe this time of year? Join Nevada Outdoor School Director of Programming Jackie Lucero and learn more about our night skies. Lucero will create a model of our solar system, and discuss why we are able to see planets at certain times of the year. Then participants will go outside and search for four planets among the stars.

September 5th, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Songbird: Telling the Paiute Story

Christina Thomas, a woman of Paiute, Shoshone and Hopi descent, will share her rich knowledge and insight into her people’s heritage. Thomas will explore the performing arts of traditional singing, drumming and dancing. She will provide lessons in the Paiute language and tell traditional stories, and she will share her knowledge of traditional foods and plants. Thomas will also discuss the history of the Great Basin native peoples and provide her unique perspective on contemporary Native American issues.

This program is produced through a partnership between the Trail Center and Nevada Humanities, and it is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. September 8th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. See their webpage for more info: https://www.californiatrailcenter.org/

Classic Cars in Elko 

The 2018 Rides & Rods Elko Classic Car Show is being held on September 7-9 in the main city park. Over 100 classic cars and motorcycles will be on display. FMI – http://www.exploreelko.com/major_events/rides_and_rods/index.php.

— Doug Clarke