As it is with many people, fall is my favorite season of the year. There's nothing quite like clear blue skies, a nip in the air, and leaves crunching under foot on a nearby trail.
This week in San Francisco feels more like summer, which is nice for Fleet Week and the air show, but I do think back to my recent vacation trip to the Pacific Northwest, especially my last days in Elko Nevada, where it definitely felt like autumn.
One of my brothers has called Elko home for many years. He and his wife live in a house they built (and I really mean they built) about 10 miles outside of Elko, accessed by several miles of dirt road where no other building is seen from the house. That's the first photo--beautiful, isn't it? Quite a difference from my living in the midst of San Francisco! Two completely different life styles, both the right ones for each of us, both good places to be.
Many people know of Elko as a place to break a car drive on Interstate-80 between San Francisco and Salt Lake City, but next time you drive through, spend a bit of time if you can.
In town, highlights are dinner at the Star, the Basque restaurant favored by many, and boot statues like these two placed throughout the town. The Northeastern Nevada Museum, located on Idaho Street, the main street in town, gives a great overview of the settlement of the area and the flora and fauna. Of course, for some the ever-present Nevada casinos are a draw.
Finally, for the hikers and backpackers in our midst, Elko is the gateway to the Ruby Mountains!