Stay Home For Nevada

Well, it’s been just about a year since I last posted here. I was looking back with fondness at the pictures from a year ago. It was a great trip.

Last year I left home before spring break, and made it up to Reno. Then when spring break started, Tira flew up and joined me. This year, because of the Carona Virus and Covid-19, we are all staying at home. Tira has been out of school for just about a month now, since they closed the schools due the outbreak. Nicholas lost his job temporarily due to the virus too, and is at home with us. I’m not used to being around the house with so many other people.

Even though she’s home Tira has been teaching of course, the best she can, by making use of online resources and reaching out to the kids every day. But of course it’s just not the same as being with them in a classroom. Her biggest problem is actually connecting with the kids. At least half of her class of about 16 either has no internet access or has it but can’t use it. Remember, these are 7 year olds. So everything she does has to go through the parents. Tira tells them what they should work on with their child, and then they report back. It’s absolutely not ideal. The higher grades have it easier, at least the students there can read assignments on their own!

With a little extra time on my hands I’ll maybe go back and load some old pictures or something.

But we’re all safe here, waiting and hoping things get better.
Stay safe!!

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Reno trip day5

Today Penne and I drove from Walker Lake to Carson City, NV. We’re set up at Washoe Lake State Park, and plan to be here for 7 days, the max we’re allowed to stay. I’ll go pick up Tira in a few days, this is where we’ll be when she arrives:

The drive today was WINDY!! So we took our time, stopped for only a cache or 2, and got here safely. There were only 2 spots open in the campground…. I’m lucky one of them was one of the best! 🙂

This morning, before we left the lake, Penne and I just had to take a couple of miles walk for a couple more geocaches!

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Reno trip day4

Today Penne and I got a later-than-I-wanted start on the day. The goal was to work on a “geoart” about an hour away. A Geoart is a group of geocaches that when you look at them on a map, they form a shape or an outline.

This is what we did today:

It was mid 80’s and we walked about 7 miles. I wanted to do the whole thing but since we got a late start I ran out of time. So today, we did just the yellow geocaches, the flame above the bomb. It was lots of fun… trust me! 🙂

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Reno trip day3

Lots of driving and goofing today. The weather was divine! 75° and sunny, very little breeze.

our campsite on Walker Lake

ok, so maybe this was yesterday?


Ghost town

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Reno trip day2

Early this morning, before breakfast, Penne and I climbed a volcano. 🙂

From below:

From the top:

And finally, heading down:

It was a lot of fun, but it was cold and windy and I hadn’t even had any coffee yet! No, really.
We walked around the entire cinder cone volcano and climbed up it before breakfast. (3 miles around, 250′ up)

After that we followed yesterday’s driving pattern…. drive, stop for geocaches, drive, stop for geocaches….

By the end of the day we made it to Walker Lake, my planned stop (and I love it when a plan comes together).

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