by Daniel Montero
Once upon the time there was a meadow, a great meadow with a river flowing through it. Our culture arrived and straightened the river into a main channel and built agriculture and later a city, my city, Reno. Along the river channel, the Truckee River, there is a concrete path, the River Path, and it is a place that is near and dear to my heart. It has always been a little escape, a dive into the wilderness—both literal and figurative—but since the completion of the McCarran path it has become an artery for me, a main route upon which I launch myself into my outer life, my profession, my leisure, my health, and my mind. I ride along it to work and I think about the day and I come to realizations about things that I would never have considered otherwise. I ride home late singing and dancing. It is no utopia, and every day I ride it I also see evidence of human pain, of the detritus of our culture. I ride through immigrants desperate for work, mentally challenged, people living on the river in many circumstances, the pains of addiction, my own worries and doubts of myself. I listen to music sometimes and want to block it all out, but it is in there, and then I turn a corner and catch a new view of Mount Rose in the distance, or a trick of light, a goose taking flight or gliding into the water, the play of the sun on the pinto hills of Hidden Valley, the “Truckee’s silvery rills,” and I return to my life, my continual desire to appreciate and wonder about our world.
Of the recent flowering of Reno that is happening, one of my favorites is that the Truckee River is finally getting the appreciation that it deserves for being one of the most unique little parts of the planet that it is. There are many pieces of it, from One Truckee River to the Nature of Art (and which I have written on here and here as well in other posts and the like) on the McCarran Ranch Preserve to the white water park in downtown Reno and the Tahoe-Pyramid bikeway that will one day seek to unite them all. I am proud to see it and to be a tiny part of it.
So today I went through my phone and found some of my favorite snaps from this year on the Truckee. Check back because I might add to them as I find and take more.
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