|Look what I found on my windshield as I hit the road early this morning! Mom surprised me with a lovely send off picture, so sweet. I must say, though, that the trip started with more like ten thousand steps and weeks of prep. Travel, as you know, is great fun but a heck of a lot of work, especially if you like to be well prepared. So far the prep has paid off and today I sailed happily over the Sierras, where the ski slopes are still open and white water cascades down the mountainsides, and I descended the east slope into Nevada where even the sage brush is green right now. The stark Nevada peaks are spectacularly snow capped against dark rain cloud skies. I ticked off one of my trip stops, lunch at the Gourmet Deli at the 76 station in Fernley NV (best burrito I ever had) but was too late for a piece of peach pie at my favorite diner in Winnemucca which closed at 2:00. I did make it to Smith's, the world's best grocery store, in Elko where I found four items I can never seem to find anywhere else. No buffalo sightings yet, but I passed a Bison Transport semi near Battle Mountain. There's not much archeological evidence that bison ever roamed over the Rockies and onto the high desert. They had it good on the Great Plains, at least until the great massacre started. I'm bedding down with the tourist herd here in Elko, the snow-bedecked Ruby Mountains as skyline and the Warriors hustling their battered butts off in a do-or-die game on the television. Tomorrow, bison land.