Family Flashbacks (6): Nevada Notes

We’d planned a drive of 259 miles for this day, which would end near Reno. We had no special landmarks in our sights, but planned to take opportunities as they came, so when we saw signs for the Hickison Petroglyphs that were only a couple of miles from the road we were on, we made the detour to stretch our legs. We found a raw, very primitive¬† trail that led to a dozen or so points of interest and there was a box for descriptive guide sheets, but it was empty. I had to stick to the milder trails, and was very saddened to see that practically all the original sandstone drawings had been hideously and callously marred with newer scratchings made by tourists with no respect for the early artists or the natural history of the area. Our stop there did, however, afford us a last view back across the Great Basin that we had just traversed. The road took us ever higher as we continued westward toward the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, and we had about two minutes of light snow flurries that suddenly changed to light rain as we approached the Austin summit. We spent the night in Fallon, very much looking forward to entering California tomorrow.

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19 Responses to Family Flashbacks (6): Nevada Notes

  1. zannyro says:

    How gorgeous! So sad that people defaced something so important, what is wrong with people?

  2. Such lovely country. Awful to see what unthinking people will do.

    • krikitarts says:

      It’s a part of the country that is rather sparsely visited, but I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to experience it like this. And, yes, the fools, they know not what they do.

  3. I like the plains, mountains, and clouds in the second picture. Yours is a trip I’d gladly have taken too.

    • krikitarts says:

      I spent the better part of a year in Kansas in 1976-77 and developed a great fondness for the great plains, and I’ve only seldom had the chance to see them again. It surely is remarkable country–maybe not for everyone, but I found it fascinating. There’s a whole lot of what many folks would call nothing, but I’d disagree.

  4. Adrian Lewis says:

    Particularly like the penultimate image, Gary. And as to what some people will do, I just shake my head in sadness and wonder; and in some ways the current pandemic has served to bring such behaviour more out in the open.

  5. During the beginning of the pandemic there were dozens, probably more that I did not hear about, of reports of people leaving their marks in many of our national parks defacing in some cases monuments that had stood the test of thousands, tens of thousands, and in some cases hundreds of thousands of years without human damage. Some were apprehended but many not. Their defacing cannot be undone except by the passing of more thousands of years. Sorry to say this but…self-indulgent ASSHOLES! I hate to see nature mistreated generally and this is beyond digging up a lady’s slipper or the like.
    Now with that bit of ugliness on my part aside, these are lovely scenes and great memories, Gary. You and your family have made some wonderful trips.

    • krikitarts says:

      Yes, I have been very fortunate in my travel opportunities, and I treasure highly the memories I’ve saved. And the brief ugliness on your part is more than justified by the wanton ugliness caused by the uncaring vandals who get it into their callous heads to ruin in a moment something that has been a source of wonder and reflection for many times the length of their own lives.

  6. Gorgeous vistas, Gary! The last image of the rising road really draws you in.

  7. Meanderer says:

    Love the open sky and land of the last image; wonderful! It seems such a common occurrence to come across the vandalism of areas of natural and cultural importance. It happens a lot at sacred places such as Stonehenge here. Makes one despair at our fellow human travellers ………..

    • krikitarts says:

      There is a great deal of open sky out there. It’s one of the main attractions of that part of the country for me, and one really has to experience it to be able to appreciate it. And yes, we are all travelers through this moment in time, and there’s no excuse for not learning to respect, appreciate, and preserve the legacy of those who have been here before.

  8. shoreacres says:

    Some of my favorite travel memories are from Nevada: dinner with ranch hands in Elko, a trip across US 50 when it truly still was “the loneliest highway in America,” and a somewhat out-of-time encounter with a Native American girl on her pony. As splendid as the various states are, if I could only visit one, it might be Nevada — although I’m sure it’s changed a good bit since my first visit there.

    • krikitarts says:

      I remember well that lonely highway and we read about it in our travel guide. We went through Elko on our drive back to Nebraska, but we were keen on getting back and had little time for photographic dalliance. Next time…

  9. bluebrightly says:

    Ouch – that’s horrifying, but really not entirely surprising (the drawings). Your photos right the balance – they really show the generosity of the western landscape.

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks for that–I’m always striving to help to right the balance (that’s a great way to express the need). And there is so much variety in the western landscape that it’s quite impossible to present one’s impressions adequately in just a few images.

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