Lamoille

I am in Nevada with Pippin’s family. We met last night in Lamoille Canyon in the Ruby Mountains, after they had driven one long day to get here, and I had taken two shorter days. I arrived less than two hours before them, because I dawdled so much on the way — which was, after all, what I had made provision for by traveling in a more leisurely way.

But did you know that the speed limit is often 80 mph in the wide open spaces of Nevada? Though that aspect of my journey might not seem leisurely, I did very much enjoy the hours of passing through ever-changing magnificent rock formations and groupings of different colors and textures of sage and other scrub brush. I had lingered over breakfast with friends in Reno yesterday and appreciated being able to take my leisure at high speed.


I wish I could write one of my leisurely travelogues, too, but I prefer to give my time to gawking at monoliths, studying beaver dams, and walking up Lamoille Creek to the place where the grandchildren have their fairy houses and boats (built for toy dragons nowadays).

But  I’d like to show you enough pictures to make a proper representation of this glorious place. I am staying in an Airbnb lodging on a cattle and chicken ranch with a view of those Ruby Mountains out my bedroom window. I can see the stars from my bed at night, and it takes only 15 minutes to drive up to the campsite where the rest of the group are staying. Their campsite looks very much like the one that our family used more than 30 years ago, and Pippin does remember being here.

We’ll be in Nevada for a couple more days, and I hope to post again about my expedition.

13 thoughts on “Lamoille

  1. Wow, what beautiful, wild and stark countryside. You are blessed to be able to go out on these adventures, alone and with others. I am timid. Thanks for sharing, I enjoy these jaunts into the countryside via your blog. Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

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  2. What striking and impressive territory, Gretchen, and it sounds like you are making the most of it with friends, family, and a B&B with a fabulous view. This is a part of the country I’m not familiar with personally, so it is a joy to see your photos.

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  3. Looks beautiful! So happy for you being able to enjoy this trip with family. Very wise of you to get other lodging and being comfortable so you can enjoy the trip. ❤️

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  4. What a lovely opportunity, Gretchen! Enjoy every moment of your time there. Never a better time than that with children and grandchildren.

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  5. That area has a certain rugged beauty all of its own. I had to smile at your ‘taking your leisure at a high speed’. It’s hard to properly see the scenery when one is the driver.

    Have a wonderful time with your family.

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  6. I had looked at this on my phone this morning and was eager to check it out on the big screen. The photos do not disappoint. Yes…shower us with pictures for now and write up your observations in some quiet time where the wonderful company and the wonders of this terrain are not beckoning you!

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  7. Beautiful! We have never seen this part of the state – but have driven on the speedy roads there and in Utah, where you really wish you could slow down and enjoy the canyon views without getting run down!

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