Monday, May 30, 2016

the alps of Nevada

I'm writing from a darkened carriage on the California Zephyr, pressing ever eastward into Utah. 
Today we explored nearby Lamoille canyon, or as Janet calls it, Nevada's best kept secret. 
I'll let you be the judge. 
There's a deep glacier-carved valley. 
The end of the road is still closed with snow so we took a gentle nature walk past this beaver dam. 
Teal swallows flitted by. 
Aspens are beginning to bud. 
This range is called the Ruby Mountains, but the semi-precious stone you see is garnet. 
Then we headed up Thomas Creek toward Fitzgerald peak. 
The streams are filled with snowmelt. 
Waterfalls spill in every direction. 
All public land. You can camp creekside for a few dollars. 
Sometimes the best places are right under your nose.