Monthly Archives: May 2012

Summer Hiking

Since I’m so close to amazing hiking and outdoor areas I’ve made it a priority to get out to a different trail every weekend. My first planned attempt failed to a certain degree, but I still managed to get out to a trail and put in a few hours of hiking.

I was planning on spending a few hours at Sagehen Creek but as I drove up to the trailhead I noticed the vast amount of cars piled into a very small parking spot.

I didn’t feel like dealing with tons of people on the trail so I backtracked about five minutes and stopped at the Commemorative Emigrant trail. Now the trail itself is somewhat long and I wasn’t up to hiking the whole thing, which would have come out to 15 miles round trip.

I still managed to get a good hike. I made a detour and stopped at a nice fishing area before making my way up the trail.

I’m still getting used to the scenery here. It amazes me every time I mountains in the distance.

I continued down the trail until I saw a point that said Stampede Reservoir was seven miles away. I figured it was a good point to turn around and head back to the trailhead.

This coming Monday I’m looking forward to going down the Hunter Creek Trail. Apparently there is a pretty nice waterfall near the end.

Lighting the spark

Here is the very first assignment I worked on at the RGJ. The story focused on successful local businesses. I was sent to Lambertson Industries which focuses on creating stainless steel commercial kitchen equipment.

Manuel Medina spot welds a piece of stainless steel kitchen equipment Wednesday May 23, 2012, on the manufacturing floor of Lambertson Industries.

It seems very fitting that my first assignment would deal with welding considering the majority of my time at Eastern is spent in a building where you can students welding right outside the newsroom window.

Coming Home

I was able to jump right into working for the Reno Gazette-Journal Wednesday with my first major news assignment. My assignment was to cover a soldier returning home from Afghanistan after being injured. Enrico Flores was injured in Afghanistan on Nov. 15 when his vehicle was hit by an IED.

Enrico Flores,center, is followed down the escalator by family and friends after his return to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport Wednesday May 23, 2012.

Concepcion Flores, Enrico Flores’ grandmother, places her hand on Enrico’s back as they talk in the Reno-Tahoe International Airport’s lobby minutes after his arrival

I was also given my fire equipment Thursday. All the interns will receive fire training sometime soon just in case we need to cover a wild fire.

Portfolio update

After gathering all my images from the past semester I was able to add some to my portfolio. Here are a few of the updates that I haven’t already posted on the blog. You can click here to see my whole portfolio.

Omar Solomon marches with others down Roosevelt Avenue in Charleston, Ill., on their wat to the “I am, we are Trayvon Martin” rally on the Doudna Fine Arts Center’s steps while chanting “justice for Trayvon” Tuesday, April 3, 2012.

Junior guard Ta’Kenya Nixon hit a career high of 30 points during Eastern’s final Ohio Valley Conference game against Eastern Kentucky Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. That win ended their two game losing streak heading into the OVC tournament on Friday, March 2, 2012.

Following a security lock down at Charleston High School Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, Stacy Stewart, of Charleston, and her daughter Lyndsy Hunt, a freshman at CHS, walk out of the main entrance. The school was locked down at 8:45 a.m. after receiving word from the 911 center concerning phone calls made from inside the building relating to a possible person with a gun. The calls were both confirmed to be called in by a CHS student and not true.

Eastern coach Jim Schmitz, left, yells through the umpire at Morehead State coach Jay Sorg after an Eastern runner was pushed off of third base after the play during the bottom of the fourth inning in the final game of the series Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Coaches Stadium. Eastern defeated Morehead State 13-8.

The Great American Road Trip and its Aftermath

After traveling 1,924 miles, crossing six states, and spending far to much on gas I reached my summer destination of Reno, Nev., last Thursday. The trip took my girlfriend, Kaiti, and I three days as we drove across Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada.  Driving along I-80 the entire way didn’t make for the most exciting road trip. Even though it didn’t showcase the most enticing aspects of the states we drove through it still offered views and scenery I hadn’t traveled through yet.

The open map on the dashboard of my car while driving during the second day.

Crossing through Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska was somewhat familiar territory. It wasn’t until the second day, after leaving Kearney, Neb., that things started to change. The landscape became more mountainous and a lot more fun to drive through.

The elevation in Wyoming is slightly higher than Illinois.

The only hiccup in the trip was on the final day of driving. As we left our hotel in Evanston, Wyo., my check engine light decided to pop on. We stopped in Salt Lake City to get my car checked out and ended up staying there for three hours waiting for the repairs. The owner of the Midas we stopped at was kind enough to drive us to a mall downtown, and we spent the next three hours wandering around. I can now say I have been into a Mormon bookstore. It had very nice bathrooms.

As we were planning this trip Kaiti and I wanted to get the most out of Reno during the short time she was here, so we decided to stay in a casino the first night.  The next day I moved into my new place for the summer.

The view from the hill overlooking where I’m living for the summer.

It wasn’t until Saturday that we were really able to get out and explore. We decided to head to Virginia City for the day, and were not disappointed. We saw a pretty amusing gunfight show, had an incredibly odd historic tour, had some great barbecue, and some equally tasty fudge.

The miner who only wanted his mule back prepares for a showdown during the gunfight show in Virginia City.

Sunday we traveled to Lake Tahoe and hiked down to Skunk Harbor, which is a somewhat secluded beach on the coast of the lake. The deep blue of Lake Tahoe surprised me since the only lake I’ve swam in was Lake Michigan. We were able to experience a little hiking, swimming and exploring before seeing the eclipse at a restaurant in Carson City.

The view from skunk Harbor. I plan on spending a lot more time at Lake Tahoe this summer.

On Kaiti’s last full day here we went downtown and saw the city. I’ll be spending a lot of time there during my internship so expect more photos over the summer. I’ll have a special section for anything related to my summer here in Reno or my internship which I start Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. It should be an interesting summer.