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Mount DavidsonReno, NV
Reno, NV
Hiking4.60 Miles 1,746 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   1.97 mph
1,746 ft AEG
1st trip
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Exploration and hiking time has been a little hard to come by in our new digs early on, but found a good one this weekend. I see the Virginia Range on my drive/bike ride to campus each day, and finally struck out to see what they had to offer. With Tanya and Lilah flying into Reno/Tahoe at noon, I knew Rincon and I could knock this out and pick them up on the way home. It was no trouble finding the start, and the route wastes no time in climbing. Car thermometer said 40 degrees at the start, but with the sun and the hill, it was shorts and t-shirt weather in no time. Slogged away until the ascent eased up, and it was easy and scenic walking from there. Nice views in all directions from up top, and since windless days seem to be rare around here, we stayed a bit and soaked it in. I'm still trying to learn the landmarks and summits in the region, of which there are no shortage. Instead of re-tracing our steps on the way back, went up and over Ophir Hill and down the steep road back to town. A few minutes from reaching the car, an air-raid siren went off, followed by cheering and a marching band - Virginia City was celebrating Veterans Day with a parade! Well, that could sure throw off an airport pickup off with closed roads and all, but not to fear, the route turned right near the car, so we descended and watched it for a bit before heading back to Reno/Tahoe. Can't say I've ever ended a hike like that before. Going to have to come back and check out Virginia City some more: some shades of Jerome and Bisbee there.

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