Early October saw some truly awesome sunrises at Virginia Lake. It’s like a reward for getting up before the sun, and a motivation to do it again soon.
It looks like the ducks are enjoying the scenery too.
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it,
and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth
seeking the successive autumns.
~ George Eliot
I have a love/hate relationship with autumn. I love the intense color and beauty of the season. But it is also the threshold to winter and cold, and the pink trailer and I aren’t as happy during those months.
But for now let’s just enjoy the lovely parts of this time of year….
Red sky at night, sailors’ delight; red sky in morning, sailors’ warning. This time of year, red sunrises are sure to mean a blustery day.
But there are some spectacularly clear days too.
Leaves and grasses give us one bright splash of color before hiding away for the rest of the year.
Every September Reno’s most colorful and exciting festival sweeps me off my feet, and I fall in love with it all over again.
The Great Reno Balloon Race is the “world’s largest free hot air ballooning event.” For 3 days, thousands of locals drag themselves out of bed at an ungodly hour to sit bundled-up in a large open field and enjoy the festivities. The days start at 5:00 am with the Glow Show, followed by Dawn Patrol, and finish with the Mass Ascension.
There is nothing that beats the sights, sounds, and excitement of watching a hundred hot air balloons inflate, launch, and float away into the clear blue desert sky. It’s indescribable, really, so I’ll let some pictures that I took this morning describe it for me….
Pretty exciting stuff! Seeing it in person is even better. In person it’s this kind of exciting:
The Yosemite Rim Fire still blazes on – 2 1/2 weeks from when it started. It has burned nearly 370 square miles, is the 4th largest wildfire in California history, and is now about 80% contained. Its smoke continues to find its way into the Truckee Meadows, resulting terrible air quality for the Reno/Tahoe vicinity.
On my way to Canada last Thursday, we flew over the fire and got an incredible view….
Here you can see plumes of dirty smoke rising from the mountains below.
This picture explains why our skies are so hazy, and our views are so obstructed.
Being out-of-town for 5 days, I had nearly forgotten about how bad it was. Now that I’m back, I’m quickly reminded. And while it is pretty uncomfortable for us in Northern Nevada, it’s much worse for the people who have lost their homes, the animals who have been driven out of their habitat or have died, and the giant, old sequoias that have been lost.
Hopefully this thing is fully contained soon.
Here are some photos that I’ve taken around town in the last few weeks….
If you live in the Northern California/Northern Nevada area, or have friends that do, your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feed is probably blowing up with hazy photos of the horrendous smoke in the air. It is coming from the Rim Fire in Yosemite, that is currently burning over 105,000 acres and is only 2% contained.
The smoke is permeating everything – our clothes, our hair, our homes. Outdoor exercise is not an option, and for many of us, neither is a headache-free day.
For the first time ever, the citizens of Reno are praying for wind. Lots and lots of wind, so we can all breathe again.
There is one up-side, however. It does make for the most magnificent sunsets!
Posted by Rebecca
One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to get out of the Pink Trailer, and head over to Reno Street Food in Idlewild Park for an evening of food prepared in other people’s trailers. All you need to bring are blankets, chairs, a little cash, and lots of friends. There is a playground, a train, and lots of open grass to keep the kids busy, while the adults can enjoy some great food, drink, music and a little shopping.
The line-up varies each Friday, but the choices are always delicious. And if you can’t make it this Friday, the trucks and trailers will be back every Friday until October.
For a more urban scene, check out Food Truck Fridays downtown, on the first and third Friday of every month through the summer. If less kids and louder music in a bustling part of Reno sounds more like your thing, this will be right up your alley.
Posted by Rebecca
We don’t get many thunder storms in Reno, but when we do, they can be a doozy. The one we had last Sunday had lightning that lit up the menacing, swirling sky over and over again, before unleashing a downpour of flood-like proportions.
If you’ve never heard the rain from the inside of a trailer, it’s like a rhythmic fox-trot is unfolding on the roof with pitter-patter footsteps. This storm was not fox-trotty or pitter-pattery. It was more like plunking over Niagara Falls in a tin can.
I fear that being housed inside an aluminium tube with that weird antenna thingy strapped to the roof during a lightning show can’t be a good idea….