12 More Reasons to Travel Nevada

12 More Reasons to Travel Nevada

  1. For a little peace and quiet. Nevada probably has as much space as any state in the lower 48  where you can drive just a few miles along some minor dirt road and be completely out of sight or hearing of anything manmade. Just don’t get stuck or lost. Your big city cell phone possibly won’t find a signal.
  2. To find the “middle of nowhere”. There is a lot of space in the western United States where few visitors stop and fewer live but the writers of the National Geographic Adventure magazine thought that NW Nevada, the Black Rock Desert, had the fewest visitors or residents of any place out side of Alaska.
  3. To see lots of blue sky.  Montana may call itself  “the Big Sky Country”  but Nevada is dryer so has fewer clouds, hence more blue sky.
  4. To sing     “The alkali desert lay burning and bare
  5. And Isaac’s soul shrank from the death that lurked there
  6. He said, “Old Pike County, I’ll come back to you,”
  7. Said Betsy, “You’ll go by yourself if you do.”  [That’s Daisy’s line.]
  8. One place to experience the alkali desert is from the rest stop where US 95 heads south.  Just start walking, especially in July or August.
  9. To check the accuracy of your car’s speedometer and cruise control  Why settle for some five mile marked stretch of highway when Nevada has stretches 80 to 100 miles?.  On several of the state’s north-south routes, you can set your cruise control on 70 and go for an hour where there are few curves, few hills,  few towns.
  10. To get to the “Burning Man Festival”.   No, the  Burning Man is not someone who forgot his sun screen.   It’s in the Black Rock area, late summer, in northwest Nevada.  Only after you pay your admission do they tell you how to get there.  There is no other festival like it; a celebration of food, fun, folly, fire, and freedom.  Just look up “Burning Man”  on your computer. [We haven’t been there, we’ve only read about it.]
  11. To be filled with wonder. I wonder why this town developed here. I wonder what the people who live here do now.  I wonder if that mining site (piles of dirt and rusty metal) ever paid off. I wonder what that factory-looking building across the valley might be.
  12. To find more reasons.  Those listed are teasers; you’ll find your own when you travel Nevada’s highways.

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