27 February 2009

Even the dog deserves a little 'adventure'.

Living here on the Eastern side of the Sierras can be a real 'trip' for our dear doggie. That little white dot to the side of the road (appropriately named "Dog Valley Road") in the photo is him. He shows up better with a quick click on the pic followed by scrolling down.
Our house is undeniably in the desert, but a few minutes of driving to the next community westward puts us in this lovely wooded area.

We never actually found this trail, but he didn't mind. That boy has yet to ever complain about any car trips or hikes or any place at all we want to take him.

I was trying to get him to look indignantly at that bottle someone had littered with, but, he was all "No, that's OK. It's all good." We had just forded a small stream and he couldn't stop smiling.

Before heading back, we stopped at a little community cemetary. The most recent headstone was December 24, 2008. It was the grandfather of a child my youngest went to elementary school with. The family has generations of history in that area.

This was the oldest headstone I found (that was legible). I had no idea that the community was so old. It got me interested in finding out more of the history of the area. Haven't persued that idea much yet, but did find this interesting information here

Verdi is in Washoe County, in the Reno-Sparks metro area.
The community was
named after Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi*
The latitude of Verdi is 39.518N.
The longitude is -119.987W.It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is
4,898 feet. Verdi is on the Truckee River
Former and merged names include:·
O'Neils Crossing
Once a lumber center. Declined with depletion of timber and
a disastrous fire*** in 1926
Site of a major train robbery in 1870. Five men
boarded the Central Pacific Overland Express here. They rode off with $41,600 in
gold coin, but were later captured and convicted
Coffee: National and
regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks**

*You have to wonder who instigated that.

**Starbucks! The most important piece of information in the article?

***Yeah, fires can be bad.

I remember when this fire blackened a lot of Verdi.

Good, it didn't get ALL the trees.

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