Reno, San Francisco, & random Nevada
January 2001Click on any picture on the page for a full-screen (880x584) version - they're about 100k each. Any wierd splodges or streaks are most likely things on the windshield (I took quite a few pictures while we we driving to and from places).
December 29th - Donner PassOn the way from San Francisco to Reno, we stopped at the Donner Pass Memorial.
|Donner Lake, just up the road.|
|This is the plaque at the bottom of the memorial, so you can see it. It explains the monument way better than I could.|
|The memorial itself - snow was up to the level of the platform in October 1846.|
January 1st - Pyramid LakeNamed for a pyramid-like island that doesn't feature at all in these pictures. I have a couple of panoramas to assemble which should feature it though.
A panoramic image of Pyramid Lake. (this is a big (200k+) image).
|Genuine two-lane blacktop. The tiny red dot in the middle is a car that just passed us. (that strange black blob is something on Kelly's windshield)|
|The actual lake - unfortunately the afternoon sun freaked out my camera somewhat.|
|Some more of the lake - it'll be a lot cooler as a panorama.|
|One of the features of the lake is this type of rock formation - there are great hunks (this is about 4 times my height or more) of these sharp, calcified shapes.|
|Here's a more close-up picture. Check out the funky texture in more detail here, too.|
|Another one, with another close-up|
January 5th - Lake Tahoe
A panoramic image of Lake Tahoe, from somewhere on the northeastern shore. (this is a big (200k+) image).
January 7th - Petroglyphs at Grimes PointThis place is just east of Fallon, about 30 miles east of Reno. The etchings in the rock here vary in age from 500 to 2500 years.
|A kind-of-hard-to-read plaque explaining why they look the way they do. I'll find a better picture.|
|Clear examples of the older style of petroglyph.|
|This is really interesting. As you can read in this enlargement, this area was part of a huge lake covering most of northern Nevada (along with Pyramid Lake, above). Water levels have receded somewhat since then.|
|The view directly behind the previous sign.|
|More nice, clear old style marks.|
|The dimples and the clear markes here are older than the (less visible) dashed lines on the right hand side by about 1500 years, apparently.|
January 9th - Berlin Ichthyosaur State ParkAt Berlin,NV there is the Berlin Ichthyosaur State Park, which covers two areas of interest. The first is a collection of North America's largest known Ichthyosaur fossils. The second, which most of the pictures cover, is the abandoned mining town of Berlin, which was operating from around 1869 to 1911, when it was closed due to insufficient profit (the mine was flooding at the lower levels, the miners were striking for more money).
At least part of my interest in this trip was how far away from anything this place was. Round-trip Reno to Berlin was about 300 miles. Fallon, the last reasonable-sized town is in the first 45 of that trip. US50, The road past Fallon has signs on it announcing the state's "loneliest road". Our destination was a dirt track 20 miles down a side road which in turn was 30 miles south of the "loneliest road" - it was a lot of straight road, and not a lot of anything else.
Note: This day's pictures seemed to tax my camera a little more than usual, so the sky detail and the plains aren't all they could be - I'll have a Photoshop session with them when I get back, because some of them just don't do the landscape justice.
January 11th - Reno to SacrementoThe day before making the trip, the weather people spent all their time telling us about these huge storms coming in from the Pacific - San Francsico had had a lot of rain, and the mountains a lot of snow. The night before, it was snowing in Reno too. So on the day of the trip, we were a bit apprehensive about what we'd find driving through the Sierras.
|On the way out of Nevada (probably around Verdi). Much more snow than last time we came by here.|
|California State Line. Note the clear road.|
|Somewhere up higher. The snow is thinnish here.|
January 12th - Sacremento to San Francisco
|This is just driving into Berkeley - a fairly ugly bridge. Nice views from the bridge, but there was too much bridge in the way.|
January 13th - San Francisco
A panoramic image of the view from the end of Pier 39. (this is a big (200k+) image). On the larger version, you can see: A ship docked at the Maritime History Park (I think), the Golden Gate Bridge, a chuck of Marin County, the San Rafael Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Angel Island, and a big pole.