Whitewater rafting on the American River

Whitewater rafting on the American River

September 3, 2017  The Plan: Whitewater rafting trip on the South Fork of the American River.   Some 12 years ago or so, Shannon took an incredible travel-trailer trip with her family from Reno up through Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks and then up to Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. I couldn’t get the time off of work to join them on the three-week venture and am still kind of bummed that I missed it. Another time perhaps….

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Mount Whitney

Mount Whitney

Aug. 11, 2017   The Plan: Reach the summit of Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous 48 states at 14,505 feet. A few years ago, Shannon and I took the kids on a trip to Southern California via Highway 395 south out of Reno. This is one of the great drives in America, running north-south along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada. From Reno headed south, you run through the awesome Walker River canyon, can pop over…

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Wheeler Peak

Wheeler Peak

July 22, 2017  The Plan: Reach the summit of Wheeler Peak, the second-highest point in the state of Nevada, and the jewel of Great Basin National Park.   I’ve lived in Nevada since 1991 but my first visit to Great Basin National Park didn’t come until last year, when Shannon and I took the kids on a whirlwind national parks whirlwind tour for spring break. GBNP was the first stop on the trip and we booked the requisite Lehman Caves…

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Boundary Peak

Boundary Peak

The Plan: To reach the summit of Boundary Peak, a 13,140-feet summit in the White Mountains. It is the highest point in the state of Nevada.   Earlier in the week, I met my friend Ryan for a cup of coffee on campus. I was back at work after a week-and-a-half off to Oregon and California (more on this to come). We were catching up and further developing our plans for an upcoming visit to Great Basin National Park and…

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A quick note …

A quick note …

Catching up … and looking ahead. First, through many of these posts, you’ll note my mentions of “my man Mike White.” Until tonight, I’d never actually met the guy but I am a fan of his work. His Afoot & Afield Reno-Tahoe has been a bit of bible for me as I’ve re-entered the great outdoors, and I highly recommend it to anyone exploring this awesome place. Tonight I attended a class at the local REI store in which my…

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