Thursday, November 21, 2013

November 25, 2013 (Monday) Paint-Out at Little Washoe Lake

This was taken during the spring from the overlook dirt pull-out

Weather permitting, we will be going to Little Washoe Lake.  We will meet in the dirt pull-out before the park.  There everyone can decide if they want to paint the view from there, or go down the driveway to the fee parking lot.  It is part of the Nevada State Park, and there are envelopes to self-pay (or take your chance the ranger doesn't come by....)

Date:          November 25, 2013 (Monday)
Time:          10:00 am
Meeting Place:     The dirt pull-out before going into Little Washoe Lake
Amenities:    toilets, picnic benches, paved parking lot
Fee:          $7.00 per car if out of state, $5.00 per car if Nevada license plate.  You can even carpool the few hundred feet into the park to share the fee if you want to.  Leaving your car in the turn-out is relatively safe.
Dogs:        Allowed.  Beware of coyotes or dog walkers with unfriendly loose dogs.

Directions:  From Virginia Street/Mount Rose Highway intersection, take 395 south about 6 miles.  After you pass through Pleasant Valley you will go up a hill (Washoe Hill).  At the top, turn left on East Lake Boulevard.  Almost immediately on your right is a large dirt turn-out.  We will meet there.

The park entrance is a few feet further up East Lake Boulevard.  This is a quiet park and only a few people visit it.  Be sure to scope it out:  drive into the parking lot and then continue straight on the dirt road.  Take the bend in the road to the right and follow around the lake to the end where there is a pit toilet.  All along the dirt road, it is generally wide enough to park on the side and paint.  There are marshes, reeds, willows and snow capped mountains and wider portions of lake.  This time of year the water level is lower.  All these pictures were taken in the spring of last year.  But after our snowfall last night and today, it will probably still be there on the mountain tops come Monday.

This is another view looking more south
This was taken from the beach area
This was taken from the dirt road that follows the edge of the lake to the other side.  This is actually looking away from Little Washoe Lake and looking more south
This was taken from the dirt road about half way to the end

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