Every once and awhile, if you are lucky like I am, you get to spend the day out hiking with friends. Such was the case last Wednesday when the three of us - Me, Linny & Charmaine, headed out to Grimes Point. For those of you not familiar with our desert area, Grimes Point is just east of Fallon and contains one of the largest and most accessible petroglyph sites in the United States. There are hundreds of boulders with petroglyphs inscribed in them and most are believed to be over 5000 years old. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, there are trails that wind all around through the area and over the last 20 years or so, I have been on most of them.
This day wasn't about looking for petroglyphs though. We were headed out for a picnic and just some plain old good quality time with friends. I can attest that we achieved both. After a slow gentle climb up the side of the mountain, we found the bench and display signs that had been placed there for our education, and we settled down for a feast of Danish Blue Cheese, crunchy french bread, apples and oranges, artichoke pesto, pepper spread, and ginger snaps. We munched for an hour or so, all the while filling each other in on what had been occurring in our lives since we last met. The wind was non-existent, a true blessing for this area, and the sun was shining brightly. After a quick photo stop, we headed back down the mountain, belly's and spirits full. The thoughts and memories will keep me full until we get the chance again. Take care, Susan