Author: susie

North American River Otter

[media-credit name=”Photo by” align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit] By Melissa Wynn A visit to the Sierra is sure to find you near a sparkling lake, bubbling brook or peaceful forest pond.  Where there is crystal clean water there is sure to be the playful North American River Otter. North American River Otters are semi-aquatic mammals, with long, streamlined bodies, thick tapered tails, and short legs. They have wide, rounded heads, small ears, and nostrils that can be closed underwater. The fur is dark brown to almost black above and a lighter color below on the belly. Their throat and chubby little...

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Red’s Old 395 Grill Carson City NV +1775.887.0395

By Melissa Wynn Every now and then during my wanderings I find a place that is truly out of the ordinary. Red’s Old 395 Grill at 1055 S. Carson Street in Carson City is beyond unique with antique cars, sleighs and larger than life old ship carvings hanging from the ceiling. Standing in the center of this old west restaurant you will find a 1923 Monarch Steamroller from Groton, New York that is one of the two left in existance. The steamroller was used to pave what is now Wall Street in New York City. The Fire Steam Water...

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Sierra Safari Zoo

By Melissa Wynn Several years ago I watched a program on TV about a big cat called a liger. I was intrigued that science could create a new  species from a father lion and tiger mother. When I learned that The Sierra Safari Zoo at 10200 North Virginia St., just North of Reno, NV had one of these amazing hybrids I just had to go see for myself. Her name is Kalika and she is a beautiful example of her kind. A deep golden coat tells of her lion heritage while the faint stripes on her back and the...

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Pamper Yourself at Walley’s Hot Springs Resort & Spa

By Melissa Wynn In the sprawling, green Carson Valley surrounded by the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains I found a getaway designed purely for relaxation and stress relief. My brother Cody and I had spent a busy day in Carson City  and decided to treat ourselves to a night at  David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort and Spa just twenty minutes south on US Hwy 395 near Genoa. The sun was sinking as we pulled into the huge complex that boasts 211 timeshare and nightly rental units, professionally managed by Trading Places International. The towering mountains in the distance were bathed...

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Meet the Artist–Norma DeBaker

by Jan Cox   Moving to the Susanville area in 1990 has had its advantages for artist Norma DeBaker.  Here she has expanded her love of art by attending classes in ceramics, glass design, pottery and sculpture. She is quickly becoming locally recognized for her multi-cultured hand sculptures, masks and ceramic figurines, silver-wrapped dichroic glass jewelry and fused glass art. Norma began drawing Disney characters as a young child of 7, and went on to win art competitions.  Encouraged by her mother in her love of art, she studied commercial, medical, and fine arts in Texas. Moving to California,...

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