11.27.2012

Nevada in November



Thanksgiving happened in Nevada this year. My hometown of Fallon. It's about 60 miles east of the Reno/Lake Tahoe area.

I-70 through Colorado and into Utah is one of the most scenic and beautiful drives. As the high Rockies dropped into the red desert of Central Utah, Easy and I were seriously couldn't stop oooing and awing the whole way.

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Colorado to Utah

In Utah we played with cousins, Aunts, and uncles and rested up for our second leg of the trip.

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It was so nice to break it up because our little Rose Bud enjoyed exercising her lungs much of the way.
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Every roadtrip (whether big or small) we like to pack PB&J. The sandwiches get thrown to the back whenever someone gets hungry and  before getting any other snacks or treats. When we gas up we try to pick the nicest looking place to also go potty. Everyone goes. No option. This cuts down on time/money spent on fast food that makes us sick and is waaaay too expensive for our little/big family. 

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Freeing up the time that would be spent on eating out and multiple potty trips allows us to stop and explore fun places along the way - like the Bonneville Salt Flats

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And old Ghost Towns like Metropolis, NV (more to come on this sweet little place).

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After years of convincing I think Easy has finally admitted to me that Nevada is indeed beautiful. I love the grand valleys and the purple mountains in the distance. I love stepping out of the car and getting hit with the smell of sagebrush twisting through the air on the cool mountain breeze as the sun warms the ground below.

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At my childhood home just passed the Stillwater Mountains and south of I-80 my mom awaits us with smiles, kisses, and hugs.

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My girls adore her and watch her every move. She always has a special craft or project for them to work on.

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They watch the feral cats out back, spend hours in the tree house, feed the horse apples, and play "walkie-walk" with Grandpa.The girls had me dig out my old treasures like pointe shoes, pictures, stuffed animals, games, and dresses from the shed out back. I tried on my own and my mother's wedding dresses for them which pleasingly, fit well

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It's also necessary to visit Great Grandma Nancy and her beautiful Labs of Silver Sage.

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We enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving feast put on by my mother with just a small crowd. My parents, my younger brother and his family (sweet baby Anna above with Mae), Great Grandma, my mom's cousin Tina, and us. Ava and MaeMae collected Thankful Leaves from everyone and attached them to cut branches for decoration.

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Unfortunately I was too busy wrangling my children and stuffing my face that this is the only pic I took of dinner - and it wasn't even of dinner! I'm sure you can imagine the browned turkey, creamy potatoes, savory stuffing, sweet pecan yams, fresh veggies, and homemade rolls. Not to mention pumpkin pie, apple pie, plus coconut and banana cream pie.

That night Easy and I were able to sneak away and spend some wonderful time with my cousins and aunt and uncle - again no pictures!!!

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We drove home by way of Northern Utah and Wyoming splitting up the 16 hour drive by staying in Logan, UT with my brother Matt and his beautiful family.

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Finally after 32+ hours in the car and one "we are totally going to run out of gas!" scare we arrived back in Colorado dead tired, stinky, and desperately wanting our own beds.


I would love to tell you that we won't be making a trip like this again anytime soon, but the truth is we are headed to Cali for Christmas. Ugh.

3 comments:

Nicole Hay-Chapman said...

Nevada is loaded with beauty--a beauty all it's own. Beautiful photos and your family is lovely! I am envious! I worry so much about kids and the world today, but then I think of moms like you and everything is alright. Love your little ghost town picnic and how much your girls seem to admire nature.

You'll be back on the road in no time. Good luck with the mega miler coming up!

Jord said...

I'm so glad you got to go home for Thanksgiving. The scenery alone is worth it, but I'm sure your parents loved having you there the most.

Shelley Barkley said...

I love your photos. Nevada is really quite beautiful. The photo of your mom with the kids was great as well. Reminds me of my mom here in Reno.
Keep up the good work!

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