We traveled on the loneliest highway, route 50, stopping at Great Basin National Park for a night along the way to our destination, Reno NV. Through my sister and her husband who live there, Reno has become a favorite city of ours. Ann and Davyd Pelsue hosted our very first house concert 9 years ago.
Ann and David also introduced us to our concert hosts this year, Ann and Tom Carpenter. Ann and Tom's yard was artistically landscaped. A raised patio to capture the mountain view--also made the perfect raised stage. The setting couldn't have been more lovely. The evening was cool but guests wrapped up and cuddled up in stubborn protest of the cold. All were rewarded with a great show and the introduction of Andy's new song "A Pebble Tossed." Later Andy and I were treated to a tour of the Tucker Snow Cats in the workshop.
From Reno on the way to Idaho we stopped at Sheldon National wildlife refuge in the high desert of NV. There we enjoyed rain storms that painted the sky in vivid colors. The warm spring pool and continually running showers, at 85 degrees provided a cool break from the desert heat.