I was driving back to my home in south Reno tonight from downtown taking Lakeside, over Windy Hill, the long way to So. Virginia….a route I like to call the “scenic route”. It is one that I love to take to feel at peace in the country within Reno. I love driving this route after a snowfall. I feel like a real adventurer out there making tracks when no one else is around. It has been many years since we have enjoyed a heavy winter in our area, but we all wait with bated breath to find out if we are due for the next “big one.” One of the great things about living in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevadas is that we “can have our cake and eat it too.” Traditionally we have enough snow to ski and board the higher slopes and enjoy the falling flakes outside the window, but don’t have to own a snowblower. During droughts like the one we have been in, we forget the inconveniences of snowy weather but we long for it at the same time. Like squirrels we stack up our food, cover our logs and protect our animals in preparation for winter…and wait. Maybe this year our preparations will not be in vain. Maybe this year will be the year. I know I am not the only one hoping for a walloping winter.
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