Mt Patterson Off-road Ride, Nevada/California

September 2020

Met up and went for a ride in Nevada a few weeks ago with a bunch of friends out to Mount Patterson in Nevada/California where we rode 85 miles up, over, and around the entire mountain.

The ride took us thru spectacular aspen and pine forests, lots of creek crossings, Lobdell Lake, a few mines including a rock cabin and way up to the top of the mountain thru the tundra.

Made a video of the entire ride, 8+ hours shown in 20 minutes of footage. Twords the end there was a spectacular side by side accident and recovery. Nobody was injured, driver and passenger were ok. The recovery was amazing to see! Check out the video below.

A bit of info about the mountain – Mount Patterson is the tallest mountain in the Sweetwater Range California at 11,673 feet. The Sweetwater Mountain Range lies between Highway 395 in California and Highway 338 (aka Sweetwater Road) in Nevada in the Toiyabe National Forest. 

Located in the Sweetwater Mountains within the Toiyabe National Forest, the scenic road to the summit (with outstanding views) is unpaved. It’s pretty rough and requires using a 4wd vehicle. The peak is accessible from July to October due the snow.

The 360 degrees views from the top are incredible. The road to the summit is an old mining road to Montague Mine Cabin. The area is dotted with many mines, that were active in the 1880s.

New website for Topaz Ranch Estates

I made a website to use as a resource for Nevada Topaz Ranch Estates residents and visitors to find local restaurants, services, and events.

Check it out – www.topazranchestates.com or topazranchlife.com

Fishing Derby, Lake Topaz NV

Had a great time this past weekend with friends and family camping, fishing and hanging out at the 3rd Annual Topaz Ranch Outlaws Fishing Derby at Lake Topaz Nevada.

Good times were had by all.

Derby winning catch (total weight) for the day was 6.9lbs (5 fish limit).

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Beale Street, Memphis TN

February 2020

“ I boarded the plane. Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues. In the middle of the pouring rain (true story). Then I’m walking in Memphis. Walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale.”   – Marc Cohn

Memphis is one of my top 10 favorite towns to visit. Always enjoy going to famous Beale Street and checking out the local music scene there.

Beale Street is the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock n roll.

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Palmettos on the Bayou, Slidell Louisiana

August 2019

Really enjoyed staying in Slidell Louisiana last year while working at nearby Stennis Space Center across the state line in Mississippi.

Very nice town. Lots of history here and lots of really good local restaurants with great southern cuisine.

One place we went to while there was Palmettos on the Bayou.

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Napoleon Scenic Byway, Gulf Coast Mississippi

August 2019

Did an install at Stennis Space Center last year and one day after work took the following scenic route back to the hotel in Slidell, Louisiana where I was staying.

This was a very interesting road, read on…

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Quarter Celtic Brewpub, Albuquerque NM

January 2019

New Mexico, Albuquerque specifically, has a lot of breweries. Many have won a lot of awards for the fine beers they produce.

One such place that has gotten many awards is Quarter Celtic Brewpub in Albuquerque.

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Alien Brewpub, Albuquerque NM

January 2019

One thing about Albuquerque New Mexico that I really enjoy, in addition to the beautiful scenery great food and history, are the many really good brewpubs that have popped up over the years.

One such place is called Alien Brewpub.
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Scenery from Cheyenne and Laramie Wyoming

 

January 2020

While working in Cheyenne Wyoming last January, I ended up with a rare spare day which I utilized to the best of my ability to go sightseeing around the local area.

Read on for more – lots of photos and several videos included.

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Northern Nevada, Off-roading Adventure

About a month ago I sold my Ural side car motorcycle and bought a used Polaris Rzr that I’m keeping at a friend’s house in Nevada to use when I visit my place and my good friends there.

This past Memorial Day weekend I was invited to attend “Weekend on the Walker” (WoW), an event held at a private ranch, where we camped and rode many nearby off-road trails exploring the area in our UTV’s or Side by Sides aka dune buggies, rock crawlers, off-road rigs.

I flew out with the misses to Reno and drove to Topaz Ranch to meet up with my friends and get ready to go to the event. Check out the movie I made about it all…

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Scenes from Cambria California

Cambria is a very beautiful place on the coast of California just south of San Simeon where the famous Hearst’s Castle is located.  The castle is about 2-3 miles north of town.

I’ve been going here for years and have traveled by cars, trucks, RVs, and motorcycles.

It’s a magical place of sorts with a really nice small town that has some good restaurants and shops and they even have a poor man’s version of a castle called Nitt Witt Ridge. More information about this eclectic “house” can be found here https://visitcambriaca.com/itinerary-element/nitt-witt-ridge/

The best hotels in town can be found right on the water on Moonstone Beach Drive, highly recommend staying at one of the many hotels located there.  https://visitcambriaca.com/lodging/

Here’s short movie I made showcasing the beauty of the tiny coastal town of Cambria:

 

More information all about Cambria can be found here: https://visitcambriaca.com/