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Capital: Carson City
Area: 110,567 square miles
Bird: Mountain bluebird
Motto: All of our Country,
Cities: Grass Valley, Meadow Vista
Parks: Tahoe National forest, Reno Las Vegas, University of Nevada, Toiyabe national Forest, Black Rock Desert.
... and after almost a month of not using my arms, they were pretty bloody sore after the first few days! It's really rewarding work though and after each day of labour (8am-4pm) we all head off to a nearby lake and go for a swim. This 9 days is volunteer work, but it is all expenses paid which has been amazing for my budget.
We are working directly underneath the Sierra Buttes which are a pretty spectacular series of mountain ridges. We had a new moon ...
After 2 nights staying at the trail angels - Warren and Jill's - place, we decided to head over to a new hostel in town in order not to overstay our welcome. Being endlessly generous they told us not to be ridiculous and invited us to a day of white water rafting in a couple of days time (being ex-rafting instructors). We were definitely keen for that and it gave us an excuse to stay in town for a while longer. That day we headed off to Reno and Carson ...
... learn that the Gold Rush is very much the reason for California's blossoming and is an interesting aspect of California's history. After Gold was discovered people came from all over the world to seek their fortune in California. Before that, there was a small population of people (mostly men) who came as pioneers, and of course California was still part of Mexico just before the Gold Rush as well.
Another thing we ...
... memory, which I was suspecting, but found about very quickly into the trip. It required modifying a lot of what we did. but over all she was game. Blaire was a quiet trooper and the trip and having here on the trip was indeed a pleasure. I would travel with her again. I could not have climbed to the top of the hill if not for her patience in waiting for me when I slowed down. It was a good trip and I hope it did for my Mom what she wanted it to ...