It then morphed into political comment for which I will not apologize...
Now I'd like to show you where I live and what I've been doing the past few weeks.
This past Saturday, July 6th, I decided to take my Jeep out into the Nevada Outback and take a few pictures. The area that I show is approximately 40 miles from home and located at the very South end of the Ruby Mountain Range.
|Pony Express Territory!|
Many people who have never been here believe that Nevada is bone dry - it may seem like it at times but there IS water to be found... if you know where to look.
My main destination is an area called Quarry Canyon. It's where limestone was quarried for many buildings in my town (Eureka, NV) back in the late 1800s. The quarried stone was hauled to town by mule-drawn freight wagons.
|My Jeep - Waaay Down Below|
One of the reasons that I enjoy coming here are the dozens of fantastic rock formations ... as well as a cave.
Actually, it's not a real cave but a natural lean-to. Several thousands of years ago a huge boulder calved from the cliff face uphill from it's present location, then came to rest against another boulder forming a larger sheltered area that resembles a cave. It's roomy and is nice and cool in the 90 degree (f.) temps that were present this day.
You can see my Jeep parked next to the road below the 'cave' entrance It's about 1/4 mile down slope. I'll tell you that for this fat old man, it was quite a
|Cave Rock (upper right)|
The huge rock at the center-left is the cave lean-to. There is another picture below showing the East entrance with a zoomed perspective.
I entered through the East entrance
|Cave Rock (close-up)|
While in the West side of the cave area, I took a picture of the vista that was before me. For this area of
|Me - Worn Out and Tired!|
There are many awesome rock formations in this one area. The photos don't show the true scale of the rocks themselves. The rock that forms the roof of this cave area is easily 50 feet from the bottom to the top. It would be roughly equal in weight to 738 million hamsters! Nothing to sneeze at unless you're allergic to hamsters!
There are some photos of the interior of the cave area as well as other
|View From the Cave's West Opening|
Some of these defy description. They look primeval or from another planet. They just beg to be crawled over and explored (by someone younger than me!).
Someone asked me if there were a lot of Rattlesnakes in this area. I'm sure there are but my wheezing, groaning and farting as I climbed the hill (for you, I might add!) probably scared them all away.
|Inside View of the Cave - East Entry in Back|
The roads going into this area are dirt tracks and while a four-wheel drive vehicle is not really necessary, it's very advisable to be in one.
You should carry the usual equipment in case you get stuck or broke down,
|Another Look at the West Entry|
As for wildlife in this area, there are quite a few different little critters that Mr. Disney would love for you believe were your friends. Whenever
|See the Natural Arch at Top Left?|
Animals here include Mule Deer, Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Goats (introduced 20 years ago), Mountain Lions, Badgers, Coyotes, Ground Squirrels, Chucker Partridge, Quail, Cottontail Rabbits, Jack Rabbits (actually a hare), Bobcats, Rattlesnakes and other various non-poisonous serpents. I'm sure I'm
|This Rock is About 50' Tall!|
Almost all of the wilderness lands in Nevada are administered by the Bureau of Land Management, and as such, is public land. You can hunt almost everywhere here as well as camp in almost every venue. That includes wilderness camping where
|This Butte is About 1/3 Mile Left to Right!|
Since natural water is rare in Nevada, you are required to camp at least 500 feet from springs to allow wild animals access to the water. Apparently they like to drink too. Who knew?
While this area is dry and dusty, there are places where camping is very shady and cool. With trees and everything. You just have to know where to find them! (ask me. I know where they are!)
|This is What Most People Expect to See in Nevada!|
I have a favorite place that I like to camp just to get out of the house for a few days. This is in a secluded grove of Aspen trees with a seasonal creek running through the campsite. There's grass, shade and plenty of firewood. If I told you where it is, I wouldn't be able to go there anymore! And I really like this campsite! However, if you really want to know and you come here, I'll show you where to go.
I'm such a pushover!
|Huntington Springs Choked With Watercress|
I include this photo of the watercress in Huntington Springs because I really like the stuff. If you have never tasted it, it tastes fairly sharp like pepper and really gives a tang to sandwiches. To harvest it you just grab a bunch and pull it up. It has to be washed and cleaned because freshwater snails like to hide on the undersides of the leaves. They're a good source of protein but a lot of people (females) draw the line at eating snails (unless they're French).
These little buggers are only about the size of a match head so if one gets by you, you'll probably never even notice the extra crunch!
I hope you enjoy this little tour. I very much enjoyed getting out there in order to show you. If you want to come for a visit, contact me and I'll see that you get to see these sights, up close and personal.
Be safe! The Geezer....