We took a drive from our campsite in the Ruby Mountain foothills up to Angel Lake about 2000 feet above. The saturated colors of green meadows, bushes, and grass, and deep blue color of the water were stunning.
Camping in a new spot, never visited before, in the Ruby Mountains of northeastern Nevada. Serene and peaceful, with wide expansive views of peaks, in the middle of an aspen grove, and surrounded by meadow of wildflowers — what’s not to love about this place.
From Elko to Winnemucca along I-80, we cruise up and down the mountains and valleys that run like long fingers north to south. A blanket of snow and scattered clouds filtering the early morning light make this usually monotonous landscape very photogenic.
West of Winnemucca, the valley basins are more expansive, merging into one gigantic bowl, the Great Basin sink. Water from rivers draining the eastern side of the Sierra mountains eventually makes its way into the Great Basin, some of it collecting in temporary or even permanent lakes. This is the only source of water for agriculture in western Nevada.
and now we will climb the eastern side of the Sierras, hopefully in advance of the giant snowstorm headed there.