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The recent Governor's Conference on Tourism, held in Reno last week, focussed on Nevada's new slogan, "Bring It On". Poster Boy for the new campaign (and speaker at the Tuesday luncheon) is Glen Plake, an extreme skier who goes right on over the edge. He grew up at South Lake Tahoe and resides today in the hills above Lake Lahontan, where he waterskis and bounces down country roads between winters.
No, it's not Governor Kenny Guinn, it's Skier Glen Plake
You can get a copy of the Commission's new Adventure guide "The Dirt" here.
The effort to bring attention to Nevada's uncrowded outdoor activities is being greeted warmly in rural Nevada. Folks there are gratified at getting recognition at last for their unique recreational resource: the 85% of the state that is public land. Accessible and user-friendly, this immense realm of almost-unspoiled landscapes is a national treasure of enormous value and can be a great economic resource for the state for generations until the rest of the country gets uncrowded again.
As if to emphasize this new direction for the state, Reno has been selected to host the ESPN Great Outdoor Games July 10-13, 2003. The 2002 Games attracted 60,000 to Lake Placid NY, and were seen on tv. Events include archery, rifle and shotgun target shooting, bass and fly fishing, three sporting dog events and eight timber events, from Log Rolling to Tree Topping. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC Sports will televise more than 19 hours from the Rancho Santa Fe Park, the Truckee River and other venues to be announced. More information here.
Taking aim at the Outdoor Games
E-Mail of the Month
I have tremendously enjoyed your Complete Nevada Traveler book, it is simply
wonderful and unequaled in its depth. I make an annual trip to Nevada from
my home in Tampa, Florida every year. A few years ago, I made my first
venture beyond Las Vegas, driving to Laughlin. The scenery was wonderful
and I fell in love with Searchlight (and have been back every trip since to
grab a meal at the Nugget and play a round of cards). Since then, I have made trips to Ely, Rachel, and
Tonopah. There is no better place to unwind than in the Nevada desert. The
isolation, natural beauty, and lack of man-made interference, makes for a
very refreshing get-away.
|"Aurora" by Jeff Nicholson, from a 1946 photo. Jeff's Nevada paintings are exhibited at the Great Basin Gallery, 110 South Curry St., Carson City.|
Next month I am going to return to Tonopah and try to get to some places
farther north. Your writing on the town of Aurora was incredible. Though
it appears not much remains, this is a place I would very much like to see,
even if nothing is standing anymore. I would appreciate any guidance you
could provide for driving to Aurora as far as road conditions go. My Nevada
Gazeteer shows the thinnest red line of an unimproved road leading to Aurora
from the east and from the west, so any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks again for writing such a wonderful book.
A recent website visitor asked what the weather will be like in Reno in mid-winter. Our reply:
No-one can tell you what the Reno weather will be like in mid-winter.
The great winds of a week ago did serious damage at Hawthorne, most especially at Walker Lake, where the steep massif of Mt. Grant drops to the lake level. The new owner of The Cliff House is making plans for a big seaplane "Splash-In" at the lake this summer. In the meantime, Chris the bartender is an amazement, performing mystifying magic at the bar. Also in the meantime the lake continues to dwindle because of upstream diversion. The Walker Lake Working Group is making an effort to save this sparkling remnant of the ancient inland sea but it will take mighty big magic to accomplish. Upon departure from Hawthorne I had a massive omelet at Maggie's Restaurant, highly recommended!
It could be well below freezing at night but warming into the low 50s during the day with sunshine, blue skies and snowy peaks looming to the west. Or it could be a ferocious blizzard followed by pogonip (an ice-flecked freezing fog that burns away in midmorning to reveal the fresh snow sparkling from every ice-crystalled surface). Or both. Either way it will be beautiful.
Then again it could be one of those gray, soupy, soppy, sloppy days that inspired Ezra Pound to sing his Ancient Music.
We never know for sure (another reason we're so popular with adventure travelers!). . . . Dress warm and waterproof!
Late-Breaking News The makers of Old Spice Deodorants have pledged $125,000 toward next year's Armpit Festival in Battle Mountain. Local folks are recovering from their astonishment and delight just as they recovered from their intial shock and outrage. They are now busy with plans for a much-expanded celebration. But alas, Donna's Diner is still closed. . . .
Overheard at the Lake Mead Marina on Lake Mead: "Be brave for me darling, I'm sailing without you."
David W. Toll