Thursday, June 14, 2012

Alex At Boca And Stampede Reservoirs


Song:  Into The Dark

Artist:  Sebastian Larsson


Today, after Alex finished his studies...
I had taken him to Boca and Stampede Reservoirs.

Boca Reservoir is about 30 minutes away from our home...
and Stampede Reservoir is about 10 minutes beyond Boca.

Both have camping areas...
light boating access...
and plenty of fishing areas.

Both have Salmon and many types of Trout to fish for.





Boca Reservoir (elevation 5,700 feet)


As this was just a light scouting mission...
one where it just for familiarization of the area...
and to find possible areas for more in depth exploration in the future...
we only stayed for a few minutes in each spot.



This was just a few minutes up the road from Boca Reservoir 
toward Stampede Reservoir.

This is the Little Truckee River which feeds Boca Reservoir
 from the Stampede Reservoir...
which is in turn fed from another lake (Webber Lake)  just a little ways West.





The weather was perfect...
and the open high country was just so beautiful...
I had to pull over to take a picture.

Alex loves the fresh air and the open country.


The following pictures are of Stampede Reservoir (elevation 6,000 feet).





There is an observation platform to get a panoramic view of Stampede Reservoir.



This informational placard told the story of a great forest fire which had thoroughly burned
through this area (an area of  44,812 acres) back in 1960.



Alex told me how much he loved the sights here...
of how peaceful it was.


"Is this how Rocky Balboa did it?", Alex had asked
(I've really got to show him that movie :)


Leaving Stampede Reservoir.


This is of the Little Truckee river as it flows into Stampede Reservoir.



On our way back home with one last shot of the Little Truckee river
 as it meets the Stampede Reservoir.


There are simply so many lakes, reservoirs, rivers, streams...etc....
throughout the Sierra Nevadas Mountain Range...and all so very near to us...
that we will be spending a lot of time just trying to take it all in.

I plan to take Alex hiking on the Lake Tahoe Summit Trail later on.
In the meantime...we will start out in smaller areas.

Our next lake will probably be Donner Lake...
made infamous by the proximity to Donner Pass and the disaster of the Donner Party
(we won't be seeing it in winter...and we will take our own refreshments...ahem  :)


The great value of places of great natural beauty lies in the unique perspective
about life it gives the people who experience it.

There are no cares...
no worries...
just the beauty of uncluttered simplicity.

It allows a child to develop introspection through the solitude of the wilderness.

With the total experience 
(the sights, sounds, smells, the light tingle of the mountain air)...
the great uninhibited passions of wanderlust...
the great desire to explore the world and all its wonders...
and the feelings of great creativity spawned in such areas...
these emotions are forever downloaded into the child's mind...
creating a refuge...
a place of peace and wonder...
a place that puts the world into perspective.

In a world where people often aren't rational...
where people's actions are often confusing...
where crowds become oppressive...
where negative emotions frequently run amok...
a child may escape at any time in his mind...
back to the sweet solitude of nature...
where everything makes sense.

With a refuge established...
a place of hope in his heart is emplaced.

He will know...
no matter how oppressive or confusing the world may be at times...
that there are places yet to explore...
places of great beauty and peace in his future.

He will know that he will always be able to change his life for the better
through intelligent effort on his part...
that just beyond the next mountain range...
 a greater life awaits him...
that all he has to do is walk towards it.



2 comments:

  1. I was familiar with Lake Tahoe, but was unaware that your area has so many other places of great beauty and serenity. In the Midwest, we don't have mountains, of course. And places with lakes and forests are almost always crowded with people. It is so nice that you have such peaceful places to escape to nearby.

    It has been years since I watched Rocky... hopefully it stands the test of time and Alex will enjoy it as much as I did when I saw it years ago.

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  2. There are so many places that are just a short drive away. And with the very low population of Nevada coupled with so many places to see...we get to view the scenery with nary a person in sight in many places.

    I have the Rocky DVD. It teaches great morals...soon...Alex will be watching it.

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