As we made our six day drive from Minnesota to Nevada we saw some awesome landscapes. We were itching to get out and explore each state we drove through, but this was not a pleasure trip; it was a move with time and financial constraints. We contented ourselves with making mental notes of places to go back and visit while we continued our journey into the Southwest. When we finally arrived in Ely we had some unexpected stresses we had to deal with, but we made sure to set aside a day to get out and explore our new territory before Matt had to start work.
Nevada means “snow covered” in Spanish and the state is aptly named. We are surrounded by snowy peaks in every direction. After spending the past 11 months in the flat forests of Minnesota, I am soaking up every ounce of awe- inspiring scenery (and I don’t get very far without having to stop to take another picture).
Our first Nevada outing was at Cave Lake State Park, just a 30 minute drive from Ely. At an elevation of 7,000 feet, the trail was a mix of dry sand, mud, and deep snow. It was slow going, but that just gave us more time to enjoy the mountains, rock formations, and rolling sagebrush desert (and glorious sunshine!).
It was a beautiful introduction to Nevada and I am eager to explore all the nooks and crannies of this intriguing state.
Home means Nevada (Nevada’s State Song)
Written & Music by Bertha Raffetto
Way out in the land of the setting sun,
Where the wind blows wild and free,
There’s a lovely spot, just the only one
That means home sweet home to me.
If you follow the old Kit Carson trail,
Until desert meets the hills,
Oh you certainly will agree with me,
It’s the place of a thousand thrills.