By Dan Montero
We’ve been going back and forth between Reno and my family’s place outside of Winnemucca a lot lately, and so I-80 to Winnemucca, an already well-traveled route in the stories of our lives, has become even more worn.
But we still like to break it up when we can, and so, getting a fairly early start from Reno a couple of week’s ago we looked about for new explorations along the way and sort of by happenstance decided to try the Trinity Peak area of the Trinity Range, west of Lovelock.
We have explored in the southern part of the range a bit on these road trip breaks, around Ragged Top, a cool little desert peak, but this was
our first time going into the heart of the mountains and we weren’t really sure how far we’d make it, but the road, while narrow and somewhat rocky, didn’t present too many challenges for our Subaru Forester. The were some splits, but we just kept heading toward the mountain and then we were in then, climbing up a saddle under the shadow of a tremendous cliff face. We kept expecting the road to get worse, but it stayed fine, probably due to the communications (and other, who knows) towers on the summit. So we were able to drive all the way up, stopping a couple of times to explore among the rock towers and golden lit canyon.
We didn’t have the time for a hike, but I really want to give this area a good hike some winter afternoon, especially intriguing is climbing up along the ridge to the northwest of the main peak with its giant cliffs. But either way, it is no wonder it has been chosen for communications towers because their were grand views in every direction.
Soon enough, time to head down and rejoin the flow of humanity, but with the warmth of a Trinity afternoon to carry us along the miles.
I was just chilling, hanging out on my sofa between my work shifts. It was a dreary spring afternoon. The sky was gray and threatening, then it started rumbling and thundering overhead. I opened the backdoor so I could have a better listen. I sat back on the couch, closed my eyes and listened to the rolling booms.
Slowly at first, the rain moved in though it quickly gained intensity and turned into an outright downpour. I got so excited, jumped up off the couch, grabbed my camera and ran to the front door to get a bit of video of the awesome rain storm. I opened the door wide, stepped out and started filming.
I filmed for a few moments then heard a large bang behind me. My first thought was “whoa that was loud thunder,” then quickly realized not thunder, but door. Next thought, “oh shit I didn’t unlock the door when I opened it,” I had planned to leave it open. But, as I forgot, the backdoor being open, will blow the front door shut. Oops!
Yes, I locked myself out of the house, in my socks, in the pouring rain, and I caught it all on film.
Thankfully awesome Dan came to my rescue.
It has been a while since I have done a sky observation and description. The ones I'm posting today I wrote before life became a bit hectic and we put our writing on the back burner. Both of these observations were done while I was visiting Las Vegas back in early April.
Sitting under a Vegas sky it's pretty cloudy, no shadows playing upon the ground. There's a bit of an opening, showing blue behind the intermingling clouds that are laced throughout the break. A plane flys towards the opening, I wonder if any of the passengers take notice of the sky. The clouds are mostly light in color, not looking terribly threatening. However, there are small patches of darker gray within. The clouds being light, I feel the promise of spring in the air. It's a warm and inviting sky. It's a beautiful day here in Vegas.
A breeze is in the air, a strong breeze maybe even windy. A gentle blue sky lingers above the gusts, it looks so calm up there. Billowy white clouds hang puffy all around. Not threatening at all, but towering and bright. Palm trees sway adding motion to a still skyscape. Despite the breeze the clouds appear motionless. They haven't moved much since I sat down to write. Here where I am airplanes seem to be an ever present fixture in the sky. coming, going I don't know, but it doesn't take long for one to be overhead.
by Dan Montero
Bring May flowers! Happy May Day everyone! We've been a little off rhythm with sharing our explorations due to the April showers of my mom having (very successful so far!) heart surgery and the attendant care of a woman who has spent the last 50 years living and working on a cattle ranch 90 miles from town. She has been a great patient and we have learned well the routes and ways of Renown. And we have been exploring afield as much as we can. So there is much to share and we’ll be posting weekly (and when the mood strikes us) again now. Thanks so much for reading!
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