Thursday, March 20, 2014

March 24, 2014 (Monday) Paint-Out at Historic Twaddle Ranch, Washoe Valley

Date:          March 24, 2014 (Monday)
Time:          10:00 am
Place:          Historic Twaddle Ranch, Susan Lee Circle Road, Washoe Valley
Parking:       Side of the Road
Amenities:     Next to the property is a small park called "Wilson Commons Park" there is a portapottie

The Twaddle-Pedroli Ranch is a lovely, old property in Washoe Valley, just south of Bowers Mansion.  The ranch was purchased in 1869 for $5000 by John Twaddle.  A few of the original buildings still stand, including a large horse  barn, chicken house, and a beautiful stone dairy house.  The property was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. 

What to bring:

  • camera
  • painting gear
  • drinking water
  • lunch or snack
  • cell phone
  • artist umbrella, hat, sunglasses, hiking boots
  • carts might be a little awkward - this is old farm land we will be walking around weeds and irrigation ditches, totebags or backpacks might be easier.
  • Forecast calls for sunny day, highs in the high 60's.  
The mountains will have snow on them and the fields will be greening up.  

Directions:  From Incline:  
Take Mt Rose Hwy
Take 580 towards Carson City

Take Exit 50 for Bowers Mansion Road/Nev 429/Old US 395
Turn Right on Bowers Mansion Road/Alternate Old 395.  Go .4 of a mile
Turn Left on William Brendt.  Go .2mile
Left on to Susan Lee Circle Road.  The old ranch is next to Wilson Commons Park on your right.

Link to Map:

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March 16, 2014 (Sunday) Paint-Out at Donner Pass Bridge (aka Rainbow Bridge) Lookout

Date:        March 16, 2014 (SUNDAY)
Time:        10:00 am
Meet:        Wild Cherries Coffee, 11429 Donner Pass Road, Truckee
Caravan to:     We will continue on Donner Pass Road (aka Lincoln Hwy) over Hwy 80, then pass Donner Lake and continue up the hill and cross the bridge to the large parking turn-out on the left (seen in above photo).

There are several other turn-outs with smaller parking areas further up the road for anyone who wants to continue on for other views.  Some views are of big granite cliffs and if you go a little further there are lakes and ski places and lodges.

The weather is supposed to be beautiful, sunny and not too cold!

What to bring:

  • camera
  • painting gear
  • hiking boots or good walking shoes with tread if you wish to go off pavement
  • hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, maybe an umbrella if not too windy
  • layers of clothing
  • water, snacks, lunch
Amenities:  none at the overlook.  That's why we are meeting at Wild Cherries Coffee.  The coffee place also has maps of the ski areas (Norden, Sugar Bowl) where we are headed if you are interested.

Directions:  From Reno, take Hwy 80 west to Truckee, and take the downtown exit that says 89 to Tahoe City.  At the end of the exit ramp, turn right at the round-about and then turn left at the light at Donner Pass Road.  Go about a block and a strip mall is on your left and Wild Cherries is on the furthest corner.  From the spagetti bowl, allow about 35-40 minutes to get there.