Northern Nevada Baseball!

Spring time in northern Nevada is special time a year for so many reasons! For the baseball fan, such as myself, I love to support Reno’s baseball team! The Reno Aces have been in town for a few years now and they always put on an entertaining show!

The ticket prices are very reasonably price at just a few dollars for general admission and they go up from there. I have access to a “box” right behind home plate. I try to make it out at least once a week to support the local team and catch up with friends.

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One night I got to sit field level, right behind home plate and scored a fly ball! Later that night I got it signed by an Aces player. It was a good night and my first ever fly ball!

On Friday night games there are fireworks that go off after the game! Don’t be fooled, they put on a pretty good show that last several minutes. The fireworks are the perfect way to end a long week on a bang!

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Have you ever been to an Aces game? If so, please share your experience below! Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter: @TravisTBC

“There’s a volunteer!”

Spring time in Northern Nevada marks the time to get your our yard ready for the long summer ahead. Growing up, I would go over to my grandparent’s house after school to help my grandpa out in the yard. He always kept a very neat yard and took great joy in maintaining it. One of his favorite things about the spring time was the volunteers.

My grandpa served in World War II and with that came a keen sense of living with what you have and making due for the rest. When random plants or flowers would pop out of the ground in the spring time he would always say, “There’s a volunteer!”

Well, on my path to school I walk down a narrow pathway that, for the last 4 years, has had nothing but weeds and grass. However, this year there is a volunteer!  It’s a good looker too!

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I have enjoyed these flowers for the past two weeks on my way to class. They have brought a smile to my face because they reminded me of my grandpa and the times we shared together. I am graduating in a few short weeks and I would like to think that this is my grandpa’s way of acknowledging my accomplishment.

Did you have any volunteers this spring?

Northern Nevada Sunset!

As I do every day, I was enjoying the great Northern Nevada Outdoors! Recently, I was out golfing Washoe Golf Course again! As I had mentioned in a previous blog, they offer twilight rates of only . As it turned out, I was only the only one taking advantage of that deal…

I play pretty quick because I am experienced and the people I play with are all very golf golfers, so we can play a round in just a couple of hours. Great, good for us. Despite our ability to play quickly, this is not always the case for the people in front of us.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not one of those golfers who expect everyone who participates in this silly activity to play well or even quickly. For me it is an experience that I am just happy to take part in and enjoy the great Nevada outdoors!

Well thankfully, on this afternoon, the people in front of us were not playing at a quick pace. If they were I would not have gotten to enjoy this sunset! This is a shot taken looking down the 18th fairway.

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When was the last time you stopped for a second to enjoy the sunset? Leave a comment below!

Northern Nevada Sunset!

As I do every day, I was enjoying the great Northern Nevada Outdoors! Recently, I was out golfing Washoe Golf Course again! As I had mentioned in a previous blog, they offer twilight rates of only 20 dollars after 3pm. As it turned out, I was only the only one taking advantage of that deal…

I play pretty quick because I am experienced and the people I play with are all very golf golfers, so we can play a round in just a couple of hours. Great, good for us. Despite our ability to play quickly, this is not always the case for the people in front of us.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not one of those golfers who expect everyone who participates in this silly activity to play well or even quickly. For me it is an experience that I am just happy to take part in and enjoy the great Nevada outdoors!

Well thankfully, on this afternoon, the people in front of us were not playing at a quick pace. If they were I would not have gotten to enjoy this sunset! This is a shot taken looking down the 18th fairway.

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When was the last time you stopped for a second to enjoy the sunset? Leave a comment below!

Weed Abatement

 

Here comes the weeds! It has been a late spring and that means there is going to to be some lush weeds out in the great Nevada outdoors! I battle with weeds every year and I win many battles but it is an impossible war to win.

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Nevada weeds are not like regular weeds. Regular weeds are soft and and usually don’t have any sharp edges. Nevada weeds, or at least the ones around my house are angry and hurt! It is defiantly a job that requires gloves. In addition, the weeds are relentless; they don’t just come in the spring and then go away for the rest of they year after you pull them once. They seem to pop up just as fast as I pull them out of the ground.


One tool I use in the war is Preen. This product comes in a bucket in a grandeur form. Some of the buckets have a built in, battery powered spreader, but I find that  handheld lawn fertilizer works best to apply this product. The best part about Preen is that it can be put everywhere, flower beds, grass, gardens, you name it! It does not kill anything that is already growing but it prevents any future growth for a couple months. It works really well and it is priced very reasonably; Costco sells a bucket for around 20 dollars.

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Have you ever used preen before? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Which Weather Forecast?

 

The National Weather Service has been my go to weather forecaster for many years now but lately it has been less reliable. This disappoints me because I have come to rely on the accuracy of its service. As I discussed in an earlier blog, I was caught off guard the other morning by an early morning April snow shower. So, in the last few months I have been working towards being able to forecasting the weather myself as a small hobby.

I purchased a small weather station and set it up as recommended by the manufacturer. I can now monitor the wind speed, temp, rainfall totals, ect. This has been fun for me to monitor and graph the different weather events but I still was unable to forecast the weather in the future, only what is in the past.

I was searching online for a new weather website and I came across a site called “Weather Underground.” So far, it has been pretty good for forecasting the weather more accurately than the National Weather Service. It is fun to compare the differences between the two websites.

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Have you noticed a lack of accuracy on the National Weather Service lately? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

Nevada Spring Weather

I have been enjoying the warmer spring weather in outdoor Nevada! I have been heading down to the river to case a line and enjoy the sun. The weather has been great for golfing and I have made it out the local Reno golf courses regularly the last few weeks. It is mid-April and summer is on its way! But wait…

I woke up this morning, excited for another spring day, ready to go enjoy the warmer weather but instead I woke up to snow on the ground. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it so I had to take some pictures.

Here is a shot looking out from my driveway. The mountain tops look like they got a pretty good shot of snow, for April. The top of those hills in the background are almost 7000 feet where as my driveway is only 4300 feet.

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Here is a shot of the front yard…yeah, that’s green grass under the snow!

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One of the sayings that Nevada and the Reno area in particular is known for is, “If you just like the weather just wait a few minutes.” I don’t think this phrase has been more true than it has been today. The snow really killed my spring buzz this morning but I know the heat is just a couple days out and I’ll be back on the golf course!

Did you get an unexpected shot of winter again? Let me know by leaving a comment below. Follow me on twitter: @Travis.TBC