I'm as old as this flag, but we both SALUTE you & our fellow Americans!

I'm as old as this flag, but we both SALUTE you & our fellow Americans!
Please watch the PHOTO SLIDE-SHOW before you read about where I now make my home in Nevada. WELCOME TO WHERE I LIVE AND WHY I DO!


THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL VIDEO - We live about 2 hours from the Hopi Nation.

I visited the web-site Nancy Snider sent to me, and I answered those questions:

Have you seen a Kansas sunset? Have you seen an Arizona rain? I answer 'yes' to both. The sunset blazing as it sets in Nevada? Aha - and how; today it was just that, and I've lived in Nevada for 8 years now.

Have you drifted down a bayou down Louisiana way? Yes, I have. Have you seen the fog in San Francisco Bay - many times. Have you heard the bird calling in the Carolinas? You betcha - both in North and South!

Have you heard the call of the Niagara Falls? More than once - and splashed with its cold mist; amazed at its power! What about that Massachusetts shore? More than once; dining on huge deep-fried clams; walking around Boston, and noticing Plymouth Rock didn't seem to be all that big.

I saw New York - more than once; amazed at the beauty of the many who co-exist in this place where Lady Liberty stands guard.

I've seen the Mississippi more than once; crossed her many times. I was born in Michigan; from the upper peninsula to the lower, I've toured every county - loved seeing Lake Huron; Ontario, Michigan - Erie, and Superior.

Going through the Rockies; driving 2630 miles from Ohio to Seattle in 3 days - I could not believe my eyes as I passed through the Dakotas; into Montana - Wyoming, then the desert of Spokane. I was relocating to marry a new husband; short of cash, and had to drive 'straight through' - 3 hours of sleep (average) each night (at a rest-stop). The good part of it all, with all the overwhelming beauty of nature along the way, it wasn't that tough to stay awake....

I drove there 3 days after Mt. St. Helens 'erupted' - I dealt with high gas prices; long distances between stops for food and gas, and had to wear a mask over my face to keep out the ash that piled like snow-drifts on the side of the roads as I neared Yakima.

I hear my heart sing - it doesn't cry out; it simply knows why I love my country so much.

Thank you to John Mitchum who reads this beautiful text; to Nancy Snider for sending me the link. It was a wonderful 4th of July - 2008

Before you 'read on', read these words spoken by John F. Kennedy, Jr. - I love them still.

Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.

Let both sides, for the first time, formulate serious and precise proposals for the inspection and control of arms, and bring the absolute power to destroy other nations under the absolute control of all nations.

Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors.

Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.
Today after losing another dear friend, Jean Kreutz, I made a memory page for those we've recently lost. If you've lost a loved one, we know your pain as well. On this blog, there's spiritual music designed to comfort you; do visit it if you feel a need to find solace. http://thoseweremember.blogspot.com

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

HIDDEN MEADOWS - Let's talk Reno - this was taken in NIPTON (a town of about 15 people) en route to the 'north'...

Nipton is a 'surprise' - you take a left turn in Search Light (another tiny gambling town) - drive through a winding road with cactus and hills on each side. You don't drive too fast through Nipton - it's one of those tiny little havens, and there's not even a 'blinker light' to warn you that this is actually a legitimate village.
We love to take this side-route; then we turn North to
Las Vegas; 'onward and upward'. In and around Reno, there are about 600
miles to explore - lonely highways; U.S. #50 across the state of Nevada, to
Eley; then U. S. 93 south to Las Vegas (if you're coming back from the

You can visit Carson City - Virginia City; the focal points for a booming
state so many years ago. The 'Silver State' ; lots of silver mines, and a
few gold mines as well.

There's a rather non-descript town called Fallon. Yet, trees stand tall and dark; there's the Stillwater Range ahead.

Suddently there can be a rain-shower; huge clouds - then
a rainbow!
East of Fallon the road is only 2 lanes. Some people say Nevada
has some
of the lonliest highways, and it surely does - it even frightened
my mother who
visited in 1998.

In the 'high country' as they call it, there is a 2-mile high lake called Stella; it mirrors the slopes of Wheeler Peak. The bristle-cone pine in Great Basin National Park can survive for up to 4,000 years - it is the oldest living thing on earth so some say.

At Salt Wells you'll find stretches of alkali flats;
tiny buildings - it's
a virtual treeless plain.

There are the Bunejug Mountains; Eightmile Flat - the Desatoya Mountains - Nevada has just so many mountains, one can't plan to see them all unless you've got lots of money; time, and live to be 150 years old!

In Nevada, people raise cattle; chase wild horses - find silver; start a
cult, and even run a brothel that's legal - crazy place indeed!

Before traveling Nevada, you'll want to be sure your car is in excellent condition. Always carry bottled water - we keep 24 bottles in the car at all times. Don't travel during the mid-day; it's just too hot most of the time.

Rural Nevada's cuisine runs to burger; fries - and terrible coffee.
Again, they have some of the best western skillet foods such as eggs, cheese,
beef, and vegetables.

At nightfall, the mountains 'dim' - then the lights come
up; the STAR-lights...we love our telescope and enjoy swimming in the pool by

You can visit the Shoshone Mountas and the Reese River Valley. Reese
River is only about 3 feet wide - just a trickle.

The Great Basin embraces the Snake Mountain Range - it is a lonely place indeed, but beautiful. There are hours and hours of vistas - it spoils you when you visit the mid-west, and see 'nothing' in the horizon, but the sky; where we live, it appears we've been cut with a jagged pair of scissors - big ones; you do believe in that 'higher force' - you see the Great Spirit cutting out the skyline, and playing with his tin-snips....

You can feel lonely one minute; then if you're heading to the MGM Grand
(which we like), you'll be in the Wizard of Oz where you can visit a life-sized
figure of Dorothy; her companions - they all stand before the back-drop of the
Emerald City.

I've lived in New York; Texas, Michigan, Ohio, Washington, California and Nevada - traveled all 50 states; it is an amazing country - diverse and beautiful; I'm very happy to have been born in America!

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