Musings of a roaming nature nerd

The Nevada Experience

Several years ago I told Jason that although seeing and learning about a new landscape or the culture of a unfamiliar society often impressed me and brought me great enjoyment, I was rarely surprised by anything anymore. That is not to say I’d seen or done it all- not by a long shot! But that I’d seen just enough of the country and certain parts of the world that I did not necessarily get that wonderful feeling of surprise, of really being blown away by what I was experiencing.

Exploring Nevada brings that feeling of surprise, of awe, of pure pleasure flooding back again! Mountain range after mountain range after mountain range cuts across the landscape. The world in between, filled with sagebrush and aspen communities, pinyon-juniper forests, tiny cowboy towns, rough dirt roads, cattle and horses, birds, bugs, rocks and creeks is not so different on a superficial level from other places in the west. But the sheer expansive remoteness, the endless sky, the layers of mountains somehow provides a new sense of wonder for me. In the past few weeks, we have gone for days without seeing another person, hearing a car or a plane. I didn’t think places like this existed in the lower 48 anymore. More appropriate words escape me, so for now I’ll share these photos as a continuation of the story...

A valley on the California/ Nevada border just north of Yosemite


Antelope Valley




Fossil found in the Fish Creek Range




Favorite campsite of the week


Egan and Cherry Creek Ranges


Wild Iris in the Steptoe Valley


Ruby Mountains


Northern Nevada


Western Nevada sunrise




5 Responses

  1. Carol-Anne

    Hey Anne,

    What beautiful photos :) It seems like you are having a wonderful time! Are the rumours true that you might appear in LI? Let me know when you are planning to arrive. Take care and keep the photos and words coming.

    July 13, 2011 at 4:54 am

  2. Dan

    Funny, I was in Steptoe and adjacent valleys for the last eight days. Did you know long-billed curlews forage in the sage?

    July 2, 2011 at 6:26 am

    • annie

      Yes!!! I saw several while I was out there. They are so cool! Jason and I kept looking for that rare, but elusive “long-legged-Dan-bird” while we were out there, but obviously didn’t have any luck. :) Hopefully we’ll see you sometime soon. We’re headed that way again in a week or so…

      July 2, 2011 at 9:58 am

  3. Boy

    Simply amazing. The job may be ending in a short while, but it’s clear that it has left a life long impression on you! :)

    July 2, 2011 at 2:26 am

    • annie

      Thanks for the nice comments Boy! These last few months, and especially these last few weeks in NV have been truly amazing.

      July 2, 2011 at 9:59 am