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Quakies in Water Canyon

NevadaGram #220 – Fall Color in Nevada

Ten of the Best Places for Autumn Colors in Nevada 1. Virginia City Six Mile Canyon extends from Virginia City's north end down past Sugarloaf Mountain to US 50 and presents a glowing portrait of autumn...
Bicycling Nevada by Curtis Fong

Bicycling on the Hot Seat in August

by Curtis Fong, "The Guy from Tahoe" Wow! Where is this summer going? Its already August and the tourist season is definitely upon us, limiting road biking events, due to summer traffic and warm temperatures....
Eureka 4th of July

NevadaGram #217 – Eureka 4th of July, Yerington Museum, Fort Churchill

Nevada's biggest cities are near its edges, and as a consequence our city-dwellers don't have as much connection with small town Nevada as they might otherwise, and so they miss out on a big...
Competitor in Silver State 508 rides through Virginia City

Bicycling Nevada – September 2018

by Curtis Fong "the guy from Tahoe" The Bicycling in Nevada calendar for September is a busy one, with lots of activities starting with the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association’s (TAMBA), 8th Annual “Rose to Toads”...

South Lake Tahoe Correspondence – April 2018

Lake Tahoe in all its splendor is wonderful to gaze upon from any vantage point, and even the small peek-a-boo views can provide a sense of awe.  But seeing the lake from atop an...

South Lake Tahoe Correspondence – June 2017

On one particular day in the month of May, my father and I went for the shakedown cruise on his Sea Ray motorboat.  The first voyage of the year was a trip up to...

South Lake Tahoe Correspondence – April 2017

Spring is in the air, and there is snow everywhere.  But the big thaw is underway, while the days get longer and the temperatures start to rise.  All the creeks and streams are swollen,...

NevadaGram #187 – Snowbound at Tahoe, Nevada Correspondence, Comstock Mining Update

Mark McLaughlin Our Guest Author is an award-winning, nationally published author, speaker, and photographer with seven books and more than 750 articles in print. He has been a regular contributor to California and Nevada media, and has won 5 Nevada...
mountains from south shore, Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe Correspondence – January 2017

On New Year’s Day a lot of people wake up bleary-eyed and discombobulated from a night of saying goodbye to the old year.  2016 left folks with a sense of uncertainty and confusion about...
Iconic sternwheeler the Tahoe Queen undergoing repairs following extensive damage by a fire.

South Lake Tahoe Correspondence – September 2016

Lake Tahoe Is Lovely in September Well, that’s a wrap on summer at Lake Tahoe.  Wait, no it isn’t: September is the hidden gem month of the season.  The weather remains beautiful, temperatures are very...
Ward Charcoal Ovens

NevadaGram #181 – Comstock Mining Update

We failed. For more than five years residents of the Comstock tried to keep an upstart mining company from digging an enormous pit mine in the the Virginia City National Historic Landmark just above Devil's...

South Lake Tahoe Correspondence – August 2016

South Lake Tahoe It’s the middle of the dog days of summer. The temperatures are hot, and life tends to slow down a little bit.  But activity at South Lake Tahoe is moving along at...

South Lake Tahoe Correspondence – June 2016

South Lake Tahoe It's Summertime at Lake Tahoe! Here we go, summertime at Lake Tahoe! Three whole months of fun in the sun at the best vacation destination in the world; from June till early September...
Locomotive Glenbrook at Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City

Locomotive Glenbrook Under Steam at Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City

by Wendell Huffman   After slumbering for 90 years, the locomotive Glenbrook is once again under steam, blasting its whistle just a few miles from where it ran in 1875. The Glenbrook is a narrow gauge 2-6-0...
Chair lift at Heavenly Lake Tahoe

NevadaGram #175 – Winter at South Shore

Lake Tahoe is well-known as a vacation/recreation destination, and so we made a visit between January snowstorms to see what the Lake has to offer in winter. “We were like a couple of kids,”...
The fried cheese cheeseburger. Does Sassafras serve the hippest food in town?

NevadaGram #174 – US 50 is Burger Road, Comstock Mining Update

The Best Burgers in the World are found along US 50 in Nevada. Anyone who has driven the "Loneliest Highway" and had a burger along the way will agree. No matter how long ago it...

Finding Clemens Cove

One of the most memorable episodes in "Roughing It" recounts how young Sam Clemens hiked up to Lake Tahoe from Carson City. He tells how he and his companion staked a timber claim and...
Holbrook Junction by Neil Lockhart

NevadaGram #169 — Lovelock Cave, Comstock Mining Update, Nevada Correspondence and More

One of Nevada's greatest attractions to visitors goes mostly unmentioned, even by our most enthusiastic promoters: Time Travel. This is conveniently accessible and easy to do here, and one enjoyable way to do it is...
Bodie California State Park in far western Nevada

NevadaGram #168 – Far Western Nevada (Bridgeport, Bodie and Aurora)

Nevada Correspondence In this NevadaGram we debut a new section of Correspondence from around the state on matters of interest to Nevada-lovers, both residents and visitors. Please try a taste, and add your comments in...
Bucket of Blood on C Street, Downtown Virginia City Nevada

NevadaGram #155 – Virginia City, an SOS from Lake Tahoe and More

Was it a mistake for me to be your guide to Virginia City? I know too much. It's helpful to be able to point out that B Street was once Virginia City's Champs-Elysees. It's just a...
The 2013 wine crush at Rural Round-Up

NevadaGram #140 – Rural Round Up in Pahrump, An afternoon in Carson Valley, A...

April's great event for those of us non-metropolitans who strive to build Nevada Tourism, is Rural Round Up. It is the annual gathering of folks from what we used to call the cow counties...

NevadaGram #114 – Finding Sam Clemens Cove at Lake Tahoe

What They're saying About Us The Wall Street Journal visits a proposed wild horse sanctuary in Elko County. Sign Up for our NevadaGram here. The Affectionate and Intimately Detailed Guide to the Most Interesting State in America...

NevadaGram #102 – A Side Trip to San Francisco

What They're saying About Us The New York Times visits the non-smoking casino in Fernley. Sign Up for our NevadaGram here. You can buy your book orders online for Personal copies and gifts or...

NevadaGram #96 – Carson Valley and Lake Tahoe

What They're saying About Us CNN discovers gold in Elko. Sign Up for our NevadaGram here. You can buy your book orders online for Personal copies and gifts or for Resale. We've been living high and low in...

NevadaGram #87 – Mark Twain in Hawthorne, Tonopah, Eureka

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...
Rolling Thunder, Frank van Zant, Interstate 80

NevadaGram #73 – Rolling Thunder, More on Roy Frisch and More Nevada Stars

What They're saying About Us The New York Times takes the kids to Las Vegas. Sign Up for our NevadaGram here. You can buy your book orders online for Personal copies and gifts or for Resale. In the...
Wilderness areas above Elko Nevada

NevadaGram #70 – ATVs in Elko County, Gridley Days in Austin

As Nevada's back country becomes more accessible, our wide open countrysides are attracting more and more visitors. A few weeks ago, they attracted Robin, Chris and me. Chris is 17 now, and to celebrate the...

NevadaGram #31 – Jazz, Railroads, Dude Ranches, the Mary Jane Sisters in Eureka and...

No sooner do the first wildflowers of spring begin to paint the mountainsides than Jazz music fills the air around Nevada. A consortium of Las Vegas investors has bought Tonopah's historic Mizpah Hotel and announced...

NevadaGram #29 – Austin’s Fabulous New Year’s Eve, Legends Meet at Lake Tahoe, the...

Victorian New Year's Eve in Austin was a great success. Jan Morrison of The Main Street Shops reports: "My little shop was packed! "From an RSVP list of 84, 81 people made it to...

NevadaGram #28 – The Governor’s Conference on Tourism

The 20th annual Governor's Conference on Tourism ran its brief course at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, easily the best of them all, if only for the wonderful Caesars Palace food. Twenty years ago I...
Victoria B.C.

NevadaGram #23 – Canada, Goldfield Hotel for sale, Two Elys, Fallon’s famous Cantaloupe Fest

In last month's Travelgram I mentioned Canadians and tipping, which inspired a sharp rebuke from Winnemucca: "For your information not all of us Canadians are lousy tippers!" Naturally I was appalled at the idea I'd...
Furnace Creek Resort

Trip Report #22 – Lake Tahoe, Death Valley, The MaryJane Sisters, Ash Meadows, Battle...

How Canadians got their reputation as lousy tippers I don't know, but McAvoy Layne who portrays Mark Twain during the Tahoe Queen's afternoon cruise to Emerald Bay, tells me that the other day a...

NevadaGram #9 – May Winnemucca, Elko Museums, Travel off the freeway

Two Great Museums on I-80: The Humboldt Museum, Winnemucca Take US 95 north across the river to this recently enlarged facility containing an exotic combination of artifacts from the pioneer west, prehistory and the early automobiles...
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