About a year ago, my husband, Masten, was accepted to the prestigious United States Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. To be honest, we expected this opportunity wouldn’t happen for our family for a few years and had to quickly decide if we would all go.
Fast forward to this summer and you’d find the car packed and truck hitched to our travel trailer as we made our way to the sunflower state.
Now that we’re settled and ready to conquer the looming winter months in our travel trailer with a two year old, there are so many things about the Sierra that we yearn for. We’ll skip a long diatribe about the gorgeous mountain ranges that I’m certain you’ve already noticed and get down to some of our favorites that we cannot wait to get back to.
Fall family fun
One of our most cherished places to go when it’s cooler outside is the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum. This place is full of enlightened activities, art projects and playthings for the young and young at heart. nvdm.org
You’ve probably spotted the golden, fiery red and burnt orange vistas surrounding the area. But, have you been among the trees in Truckee? A beautiful drive from anywhere in the region to this quaint town will not disappoint. And, if you’re looking for a little hike, head to the Donner Lake and Memorial State Park Visitors Center for a nice jaunt and history lesson. Oh, shoot, I was supposed to skip the bit about the beautiful peaks. Moving on … parks.ca.gov
I can’t mention the fall in Reno/Tahoe without a quick highlight on some of the fun pumpkin patches. We always have a great time at the Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze at Andelin Family Farm in Spanish Springs, the Lattin Farms Fall Festival in Fallon, and October Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch at Corley Ranch in Gardnerville. andelinfamilyfarm.com; lattinfarms.com; corleyranch.com
The year we got married, Masten and I started a Christmas Eve tradition of serving crab legs, artichokes and French bread to our families. It doesn’t matter if we’re in our home, a hotel room or the small slide out in our trailer for dinner, we pile the feast on a disposable table cover for easy cleanup and get cracking. This is one of our most cherished evenings of the year and we always get the fresh crustaceans from our friends at Sierra Gold Seafood. You should see the giant tanks they have in the back filled with the good stuff! sierragoldseafood.com
Speaking of keeping things local, there are certainly some great shops and boutiques where I find amazing gifts at the South Creek Center in south Reno, Midtown and the Riverwalk District in downtown Reno, and the Shops at Heavenly Village in South Lake Tahoe. shopsouthcreek.com
The night before we dive into those presents under the tree, pajama-laden and crab-filled we cram into our cars to look at holiday lights. A quick search online will produce the best spots to view the twinkling magic of the season, but our ultimate stop is the house at 5555 Junction Peak Drive in Sparks. Set your radio to 89.9 FM and enjoy the show!
So, did all that talk about living in a travel trailer and exploring a new part of the country intrigue you? Be sure to stay tuned to future issues where I’ll divulge even more nitty gritty details. Happy travels and if you happen to find my missing ruby slippers, please send them my way!
By: Heidi Bethel