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31 RESOLUTION-WORTHY NEVADA EXPERIENCES YOU WON’T BACK OUT ON

By SYDNEY MARTINEZ | November 2016
Updated: December 2017

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31 RESOLUTION-WORTHY NEVADA EXPERIENCES YOU WON’T BACK OUT ON | SYDNEY MARTINEZ

1. INTRODUCING YOURSELF TO A WHOLE NEW INTERPRETATION OF "WILD & FREE" AS YOU WATCH THE NEEDLE CLIMB WHILE RIPPING THROUGH THE BLACK ROCK

Black Rock Desert - High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area 

2. SNAGGING A SELFIE, OR COWABUNGA KARATE CHOP, WITH THE OFFICIAL GEOGRAPHIC CENTER OF NEVADA

Off the Loneliest Road in America, between Austin and Eureka

3. EMBRACING THE FACT THAT YOU'VE NEVER REALLY EXPERIENCED TRUE DARKNESS UNTIL CAMPING AT 10K FEET DURING A NEW MOON AT GREAT BASIN

Great Basin National Park

4. WATCHING A HERD OF WILD HORSES STAMPEDE THROUGH THE SAGE, AND REALIZING THEY AREN'T FENCED IN

Dayton

5. SOLIDFYING SOME SILVER STATE STREET CRED WITH SOME CUSTOM-MADE, HAND-TOOLED LEATHER SWAG FROM ONE OF NEVADA'S FINEST WESTERN ARTISANS

J.M. Capriola Co. and Garcia Bit & Spur 

6. SEEING A NEVADA-STYLE ARBORGLYPH WITH YOUR OWN TWO EYES

Mount Jefferson and Alta Toquima Wilderness

7. CHASING A GARGANTUAN TURQUOISE VEIN WITH THIRD-GENERATION NEVADANS, THEN HAVING A RESIDENT SILVERSMITH TRANSFORM YOUR BOUNTY INTO A BAUBLE

Otteson's Royston Turquoise Mine , Honey & Goldies

8. TAKING BIG BLUE'S POSTCARD-PERFECT PANOS TO NEW HEIGHTS

Sky Dive Lake Tahoe

9. EXPLORING ENDLESS RELICS AT ONE OF NEVADA'S 600+ GHOST TOWNS

Belmont Ghost Town

10. CUTTING INTO A GARLIC-LOADED STEAK AT A LEGENDARY BASQUE JOINT

J.T. Basque Bar & Dining Room

11. ...AND CHASING IT WITH A PICON PUNCH, NEVADA'S UNNOFICIAL STATE DRINK

The Star Hotel

12. RELISHING THE FACT THAT YOU'RE THE ONLY SOUL ON THE ENTIRE MOUNTAIN, THEN WAVING THAT VICTORY FLAG AT NEVADA'S TALLEST PEAK

Boundary Peak Wilderness - Inyo National Forest

13. BLASTING DOWN HIGHWAY 50 WITH THE WINDOWS DOWN AND MUSIC UP, REALIZING YOU'RE ANYTHING BUT LONELY

The Loneliest Road in America

14. RENDEZVOUSING WITH EXTRAORDINARY WILDLIFE DURING THAT MAGICAL GOLDEN HOUR

Valley of Fire State Park

15. HUNTING AN OFF-GRID HOT SPRING AND FINDING IT, EVEN IF THAT MEANS GETTING KNEE DEEP IN MUD

16. JOYRIDING THE MOST CONCENTRATED COLLECTION OF NEON IN THE WORLD ON AMERICA'S FIRST "NIGHTTIME SCENIC BYWAY"

The Las Vegas Strip Scenic Byway

17. SPENDING A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM... FOR REAL

The Bunkhouse at the Nevada Northern Railway 

18. REELING IN A 20-POUND LAHONTAN CUTTHROAT AT A PREHISTORIC GLACIAL LAKE

Pyramid Lake

19. FALLING ASLEEP IN THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK IN MIDDLE OF NOWHERE NEVADA TO THE SOUND OF NOT-SO-DISTANT COYOTE YELPS

Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge 

20. SEEING FOR YOURSELF THAT JUST ABOUT ANYTHING GOES AT NEVADA'S OLDEST—AND WILDEST—RODEO

Silver State Stampede 

21. LEARNING TO ROCK CLIMB AT THE WORLD'S BEST OUTDOOR CLIMBING GYM

Red Rock Rendezvous at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

22. REALIZING YOU LOST TRACK OF TIME AND SPENT THE WHOLE DAMN DAY CHATTING WITH LOCALS AT A TOTALLY PERFECT BACKCOUNTRY SALOON

Jiggs Bar

23. JOINING THE POLAR BEAR CLUB — IN JULY— AT ONE OF THE CLEAREST BODIES OF WATER ON EARTH

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park

24. PARTICIPATING IN WATCHING "THE MAN" GO UP IN FLAMES WITH 70,000 OTHER FUR-CLAD PARTIERS FROM ALL OVER THE GLOBE

Burning Man

25. ...AND SURVIVING YOUR FIRST BLACK ROCK CITY STORM, HAVING EVERY SQUARE INCH OF YOUR BODY COMPLETELY COATED WITH PLAYA DUST, AND BEING MORE THAN OK WITH IT

Burning Man

26. SITTING AT THE BASE OF THE OLDEST LIVING ORGANISMS ON EARTH

Great Basin National Park

27. BEING MOVED TO TEARS BY A COWBOY DELIVERING THE BEST LIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE WHOLE YEAR

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering 

28. COMMITING TO A NEVADA RITE OF PASSAGE BY BASKING IN THE REMOTENESS OF THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL HIGHWAY

Extraterrestrial Highway

29. RUNNING YOUR FINGERS OVER CLARK GABLE'S CIGAR BURNS IN A 117-YEAR-OLD BAR COUNTER

The Pioneer Saloon

30. INVITING REAL-LIFE CHICKADEES TO LAND ON YOUR SHOULDER... AND EVERYWHERE ELSE YOU'LL ALLOW

Chickadee Ridge in the Mount Rose Wilderness Area

31. FAMILIARIZING YOURSELF WITH THE SENSE OF FREEDOM ACHIEVED THE SECOND YOUR TIRES LEAVE THE PAVEMENT, REALIZING THAT THE ROAD MAY STOP, BUT NEVADA KEEPS GOING  

SO, WHERE WILL YOUR 2017 ADVENTURES TAKE YOU? #TRAVELNEVADA

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