Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I’ve been plagued with computer problems and an inability to get to the things I really want. So, today instead of getting up early and preparing my blog post, I’ve spent most of the day visiting and commenting at friends sites when I should be working. Now that I’m finally getting around to it, it’s late and I really have to get some real work done. So, I’m going to just post a few pictures that I’ve taken of the new locale and let you see just how beautiful it is up here.

First, here’s a bronze of my ole friend Mark Twain, he spent some time in the area. If you haven’t already read ‘Roughing It’, what are you waiting for? It’s the book when MT chronicles his time in the west, Virginia and Carson Cities in particular. His wit and prose are every bit as entertaining as in those stories of Tom and Huck on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi and you will learn a whole lot about this area.

The beaches here are beautiful and the water is every bit as clear as the Caribbean, although not as warm. I’m hoping that it’s a bit unseasonable cold for this time of year, because I’m  now wearing every bit of clothing I brought with me from the island ALL AT THE SAME TIME. I do own warmer clothes, but they are stored in Idaho and won’t make their way to Nevada until after the 4th of July.

Remember this famous map burning up at the opening each week of a long running TV show? Remember the name and who the four principal characters were?

Perhaps this will help:

Yep, the Ponderosa Ranch is just up the road apiece from where I live.

Hope you enjoyed the scenic tour, now for some business. D.L. Hammonds over at Cruising Altitude 2.0 is once again hosting ‘Write Club’. This is an excellent way to get 500 of your best words out into the light of day for a little gentle critique and a contest to see ‘who is the last writer standing’.

If I try to explain it all you’ll be more confused than a chameleon on a madras shirt, so head on over and check it out for yourself. Just click HERE. Then sit yourself down and either pull 500 words from your current WIP or whip up some new ones and send in an entry. You know you want to.


  1. I was a big Bonanza fan when I was a kid!
    The photos are awesome. You live in a beautiful place.
    So you didn't get a lot done today - who cares? Tomorrow, right?

  2. Bonanza was waaay before my time haha seen an episode or two though, sounds like you picked a great spot indeed too, Now just get the computer to stay unbroke.

  3. NITRO ~
    Just when you thought you knew me, I ups and surprises ya:

    'BONANZA' - Eh, whatever. Seen episodes of the show over the decades, but never cared enough about it to even visit the 'Bonanza' Ranch in Lake Tahoe, which I've driven right past countless times.

    JOHNNY CASH - Eh, whatever. I like 'A Boy Named Sue' and 'I've Been Everywhere'... that's pretty close to about it.

    Johnny's buddy and ex-roommate WAYLON JENNINGS... Now that's a different story! Waylon had 100 times the personality and talent that Johnny had. It's almost a crime that Cash is remembered as the legend while Jennings is only remembered as a guy who had about 100 hit Country-Western songs and the other half of that famous duo 'Waylie & Willon'.

    LOVE 'ROUGHING IT' though, of course. Twain's the best.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

  4. Awesome pictures--thanks for sharing! :)

  5. Ah, I feel I had a mini vacation. Thanks FAE.


  6. Admittedly, I never watched Bonanza. Didn't really interest me. I do love Mark Twain, though. That statue really captured his wild mane. I wish my hair was as glorious as that statue's. :(

  7. *snort* More confused than a chameleon on a madras shirt. *snort* Too funny! Bonanza was a favorite. Beautiful vistas. I think it may take you a little while to acclimatize.

  8. I love the Tahoe area. When my dad retired from the Navy we all went there for a week. I was a brat teen and between me and my step sister we managed to make it a miserable trip. One of the things I apologized for in a heartfelt letter a few years later. lol Fortunately my dad forgave me. Not so sure about my step mom. ;)

  9. Heck, I had Bonanza as soon as you mentioned the burning map - Ben (Pa), Adam, Hoss, and Little Joe.

    (Gosh, I'm old!)

  10. Thanks for the comments. Sorry I've been so remiss at replies. My computer or my server have been giving me fits. Still trying to figure out which it is.

    You don't have to be a Bonanza fan to love the scenery of the Pnderosa Ranch.