Once again we are making a run for it through Nevada. Usually it is to avoid the low night temperatures, this year it is to avoid the low night temperatures AND the snow.
Joshua trees in the snow.
We have had a few days of doing jigsaw puzzles and listening to the impeachment hearings….. We did venture out yesterday in Fallon Nevada to hunt for rocks in strong winds and rain, but it was NOT FUN.
Green mountain on a very cold day
We are also being hounded by the CRA (Canada revenue agency) the equivalent to the IRS. Not really sure why if we file our taxes in March, they wait until November when we head south to start hassling us. They do this to us every year, and every year we show them that we did everything right, but yet they keep doing this every year. The GOOD thing is that I no longer take it very seriously, and don’t get all stressed out about it. The hard thing is that each time we have called this week it has been an hour on hold on the phone. The classical music playing during the hold, then gets totally STUCK in my head for the next few days. REALLY? I think they need a few more phone answerers.
Just before leaving Canada I received my new Almond Cow, a machine for making nut milks. It is saving us many trips to the grocery stores, AND trips to dump garbage. (very little recycling in campgrounds) We are using mostly cashews. Pictures here of walnuts. One cup into the container…. plus one date.
The metal jug gets filled with water, you push a button on top and it goes through 3 stages, which takes less than a minute. VOILA.. You take the top off which contains the pulp (more on that later)
You get a big jug of milk
Then I pour the pulp into storage containers, there are a huge series of recipes you can make from the pulp.
My first attempt was to make granola, which you mix the pulp with other granola stuff and then bake in oven.
Next time I think I will try to make Hummus with the pulp. (just google nut pulp recipes)
I should note that you do not need a machine to make the nut milks, you just need a food processor and a nut bag to squeeze out the nut pulp. This machine is a bit tidier for me.
So yesterday we drove from Fallon (4300 ft elevation), where it was stormy, but not snowy. We drove south on HWY 95, through Tonopah (6200 ft elevation) where it was snowing and extremely foggy. NO stops for pictures, no stops for anything. We have never had to negotiate this vehicle in snow, and do not want to. We were a bit sad because Tonopah is one of our favourite places to rock hunt.
We drove on to Beatty, where we are now, 3200 ft elevation and the lowest it got last night was 6 degrees celcius ( 42 F.) Very black sky, only light rain last night.
Some of the coolest rocks we have found recently are called Snake skin agates. They are extremely unique, and when cut
Or broken in this case….. quite pretty on the inside
This is called wonder stone, it is quite pretty, but we have decided we prefer Jasper which is more dense. So these are more “catch and release” or catch, take picture and release.
This one, I believe is a limb cast agate, formed inside a tube in rock. Note the snake skin appearance of the underlying rock.
WE are thinking that this is variscite but will need to cut it to make certain.
We are thinking of heading over to eastern Nevada/Utah today, but you never know.
Much love from Janet, Ken and Tucker.