2012年 02月 22日
以下、Flat Stanley's Adventures in Nevada by あーちゃんママ
Flat Stanley in Reno, Nevada.
Flat Stanley shortly after his arrival at our home in Reno, Nevada.
We had a light snowfall, but the snow doesn't really get deep here
as it does in many of the northern states. We live in the Northwest
hills above Reno. City of Reno is located in what is called the High
Desert. Its elevation is approximately 4500 feet.
We live at about 5300 feet in elevation. That puts us a little over
a mile in elevation. We love the crisp air and the mountain and
valley views when we drive toward the city. Just a few miles
down the road, we can see the Casinos' neon lights form fewer
than 10 miles away.
Here, our son, Ahchan is teaching Stanley some math.
Ahchan, who wants to become a math teacher someday,
thinks Stanley is a very good student.
Here's Stanley at a neighborhood Thai restaurant on our way
to Pyramid Lake for a short day trip.
Reno has many restaurants which cater to an international palate.
Countries which have their cuisine featured in a multitude of
restaurants throughout Reno covers much of the world form
Asia and Europe to South America.
There is even a good old American Barbecue Pit just a couple
of miles from our house.
We are on our way to Pyramid Lake. It is located just one half
hour North by North East of Reno. The lake is what is called
a terminal lake because, although there is a source of water
flowing into the lake, there is no river leading away from it.
Pyramid Lake is on American Indian Territory. The Paiute Tribe's
people were native to this territory. Many artifacts were discovered
in caves surrounding the lake. Being on American Indian land, its
people, and those who are on it, come under Tribal Law.
While many of their rules are the same, some are not. They are
allowed to sell fireworks all year long. Many of the fireworks
which are not allowed in areas off their territory may be bought
and used here at the lake. We are going again soon to enjoy
fireworks by the lake.
We are at Pyramid Lake. The lake's source of water actually comes
from Lake Tahoe on the California and Nevada border. Lake Tahoe
gets its water from the surrounding mountains. When it rains, but
mostly when it snows and the snow melts, the water flows into
The Truckee River flows from the lake northeastward through
Reno, Nevada and continues on until it flows into Pyramid Lake,
where it ends its journey.
Pyramid Lake gets tis name because of a Pyramid shaped island
in the lake. It has a tout hatchery on the lake and the fishing
here is world class. 10-20lb. trout is a normal catch. A record
trout was caught here which weighed in at over 40 lbs.
A Paiute Ceremonial Headdress is on display at the Pyramid
Lake Museum on the south shore. We stopped by here for an
hour or so. There were some representatives from the Paiute
Tribe curating the museum. We learned many interesting facts
about the lake and their tribe from them. They were very friendly
These were some of the early native Paiute's ceremonial and
everyday wear as represented on dolls made by modern Paiute
Stanley in Downtown Reno. He had to stay inside the van
because it was raining. The center of Reno is filled with many
Casinos. Most of Nevada's economy is dependent upon casino
income, gold and silver mining and tourism. Because of this steady
inflow of income, there is no State Income Tax.
Stanley is at the Atlantis Casino in downtown Reno. It is the
newest, and best casino in Reno. It is lavishly styled inside
with numerous waterfalls and fountains. It has multileveled
floors and a unique open floor plan which is blended artfully
into a highly stylized and pleasing atmosphere.
We went here to eat at the Sky Terrace Sushi Bar. The Sky
Terrace is a walkway over a major thoroughfare connecting
the casino with the hotel. It is really a floor roofed in glass as
the glass walls come to a point in the center at the top forming
a triangular tube n which numerous restaurants are located.
The Fleischmann Planetarium
Stanley went with us to the Fleischmann Planetarium on the
University of Reno, Nevada campus. We went to watch a
presentation on the ways Science is often misrepresented
in the media. The planetarium also had numerous displays
inside of various interests in science.
This is one of the displays inside the planetarium. It is a topographical
representation of the state of Nevada.
Of the three largest lakes visible, Lake Tahoe is the bottom most
lake. Pyramid Lake is the one on the right.
This is another display in the planetarium. It is an actual piece
of a meteorite found in Nevada. It consists of Nickel and Iron.
In this picture, it looks as if it were a glowing piece of lava only
because of the reflection of the lights. It is really metallic in
Stanley seems to be saying, "Oh no...I am drifting in space toward
the moon...Oh no!" We had taken this picture in the planetarium
from a wall display. They had many space shots captured form
the Hubble Space Telescope.
Heavenly Valley Village in Lake Tahoe
We had taken this picture at Heavenly Valley Village. It is a part
of the Heavenly Valley Ski Resort. We rode in one of the Gondolas
to the top of a mountain peak to an observation platform whereupon
we could see a panoramic view of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding
In the background is a fountain that had partially frozen over.
Although during the day , the temperature was in the high
forties, at night, it got below twenty degree Fahrenheit.
We are in a Gondola on our way up to the observation platform.
It was almost two and a half miles to the top. Each Gondola sat
six people in complete comfort. They were enclosed in Plexiglass
with air holes at the uppermost portion. The seats were padded
and the views from them were spectacular. Of course, the view
form the observation platform were even better.
This is just one of the breathtaking views from the observation
platform. Just above, and to the right of Stanley's head, is
Heavenly Valley Village. This is where we had boarded the Gondolas.
Of course, the lake beyond , is Lake Tahoe.
As you can see from this photo, Lake Tahoe is ringed by high
mountains. Lake Tahoe lies in the Sierra Nevada mountain
range. A portion of Lake Tahoe lies in California and the eastern
portion lies in Nevada.
As the snow melts, it fills the lake. Much of Reno's water supply
comes from the Truckee River, which flows from Lake Tahoe.
It is the same river that feeds Pyramid Lake.
We are on the observation platform looking westward into
California. If you look closely, you can see what appears
to be smoke. I don't know what it came from.
The rest of the views were crystal clear. It was so invigorating
being up here and looking over the deep blue lake, all the while
being surrounded by snow.
Should you ever go to Lake Tahoe, you simply must take the
Gondola to the observation platform. It is a sight you will
We are on the way home from Lake Tahoe. It is only little over
one hour from Reno, so we may visit often. We are looking
westward (notice the setting sun?) at the Sierra Nevada
We are at a neighborhood park just a couple of miles down
the hillside from our home. The Sierra Mountains are always
in full view from Reno. I love it when they are snowcapped.
We enjoyed taking Stanley to places around our city of Reno
in Nevada. He got to see new and exciting places.
I hope you enjoyed the photos of Stanley's Nevada adventure.
One factoid....Having some 314 mountain ranges, Nevada is the
most mountainous state in the nation, according to the U.S.
Department of the Interior.
Thank you for staying with us, Stanley. We had great fun
spending time with you.
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