Month: May 2014

Nevada Day

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I grew up in California and I did my Undergrad in Oregon. We never celebrated the fact that we lived in those places, unlike Nevada. Nevada has an entire day to celebrate being A Nevadian and it’s called Nevada Day. This is a legitimate, state holiday recognized holiday that is celebrated on the last Friday in October. It’s actually the “largest statehood celebration in the nation.

The history of Nevada Day of Nevada is not very extensive from what I have been able to find. Nevada became a state on October 31 of 1864 and that is the reason behind the celebration. It’s a tradition that never died, even considering every other state achieved the same thing and it happened 150 years ago. The link to the website above describes it as, “It is Nevada’s Heritage Celebration, a gathering of community spirit on the last week of October to salute our state’s past and look ahead to its future.”

nevadaday_logo-NV150On this fine holiday, all government offices, schools and most libraries are closed. Some private businesses also close at their own discretion. So what can you do with an extra day off? In addition to pursuing one of the million things I’ve blogged about, you can partake in the variety of Nevada day activities, which occur all weekend long. The most popular and recognizable event is the parade in Carson city. (Photo Credit)

The parade day starts with an 8am hot air balloon launch on Carson street near the Carson Mall. At 10am, military planes fly overhead and that signals the official start to the parade. The parade begins at the intersection of William and Carson Streets and it usually concludes between 1pm or 2pm. The parade is comprised of floats, marching bands and a variety of entertainment. There are usually around 200 entries for contributors to the parade.

let’s have a philosophical discussion for a second: Nevada is one of the whackiest and weirdest places in terms of its laws and culture. However we have the biggest celebration in the country for being the whackiest and the weirdest, and it’s brings all of us gun-slinging Nevadians together. How unique and awesome is that? Very. I love being different. What do you think state celebrations in other states would entail? I bet Oregon would have a lot of tye-dye booths and hemp products… Leave me a comment and let me know!



Good Hikes for Summer

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The days are getting longer and the air is getting warmer. The snow is practically gone, but it’s not quite warm enough for summer activities. It’s the perfect time of year for hiking, especially when the hiking revolves around waterfalls. Below are a few hikes to keep in mind.

1. Horsetail Falls

This hike is off of Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe, near Sierra, the ski resort. You have to start by venturing over a solid rock section, with no trail in sight. Eventually you will find the trail, which starts in a forested area. Once you pass the forested area you will begin to climb beside the waterfall on the rocky face, making the entire hike very scenic. There is an alpine lake at the top that is very cold, and there are beautiful views to be had. The hike was pretty long, several hours if I remember correctly, and the waterfall actually continued as far as the eye could see. It requires some endurance. Make sure to bring a lot of food and water, and leave early. Some day I would like to hike all the way up to its original source.

2. Eagle Falls

This hike is a short piece of cake. I don’t recall it being much over a mile and the trail is relatively flat and well maintained. Therefore it feels pretty touristy in comparison to other hikes. The views of Emerald Bay and the waterfall are spectacular. The views make it very worthy of your bucket list. The video below begins with shots of Eagle Falls and Horsetail Falls makes an appearance at 1:04.

3. Shirley Canyon

I haven’t done this hike but it’s on my list. Apparently you can hike up Shirley Canyon at Squaw Valley to Shirley Lake. I’ve been told it’s beautiful and full of waterfalls. I don’t believe their is an official trail and therefore you should be ready for an adventure if you pursue this hike. Stay close to the creek so you don’t get lost. Squaw Valley’s website describes the hike as “a great half day hike through a mountain canyon that passes by waterfalls and spectacular granite boulders.” Apparently there are some steep sections and therefore this is probably not a “beginner” hike. 

I’m sure there many more beautiful hikes with waterfalls near Lake Tahoe. Are there any you would recommend to me? Leave me a comment and let me know!