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Edition #149, May 1, 2011

Escape

Photographer: Jim Huste

                                                                            Photo by Jim Huste

Escape

Every spring my business partner David Reaves and I attend a convention in Las Vegas.  We find very little of interest among the Marquee lights and slot machines.  We can't wait to get the show over with so we can get out into the deserts and remote areas of the west.

We've gone as far north as The California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, as far south as Meteor Crater, west to Death Valley and Tehachapi and as far east as the Very Large Array radio telescope in New Mexico as well as up to Promontory, Utah. There is nothing like looking at landscape that probably hasn't changed much in 10 million years. We rent a four wheel drive SUV so we can get off road and really explore.

This trip was a northern loop around Nevada through Area 51, Ely, then west to Carson City, down past Mono Lake and back to Las Vegas.  We had gotten to the East Ely Station late in the day just as Nevada Northern number 93 was being released from its duties hauling tourists and was dumping the contents of its firebox before using the last bit of steam to drift home to the shed. David stands ready to document the event.

Jim Huste

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