Enjoy Cool Canyon Evenings in August

Photos and article submitted by Larry Hyslop

                  The Friends of the Ruby Mountains are in the midst of a busy summer, their seventh summer of presenting events. Their upcoming events are three Cool Canyon Evenings on August Aug 4, 19, and 25. Each free, family evening comes with a presentation, campfire and S’Mores. They take place at the Powerhouse Group Picnic Area in Lamoille Canyon, starting at 6 pm.

  • On August 4, Jan Petersen, local historian and manager of the Cowboy Arts and Gear Museum will give a talk on Shoshone baskets and their uses in Shoshone culture.
  • On August 19, the California Trail Interpretive Center will offer an exploration into the gold rush of 1849 where participants will be able to try their own gold panning.
  • On August 25, Delynn and Duane Jones will put on the always popular Dutch oven cooking demonstration.

                  During July, the group put on four campground talks at the Thomas Canyon Campground. Topics included native plants found in the campground, a wildlife fire engine and crew describing fighting wildfires, Nevada Department of Wildlife presenting animals of the Ruby Mountains, and glaciation of Lamoille Canyon.

                  A winter project was putting together a map and brief description for each hiking trail in Lamoille Canyon. The maps and descriptions are available at each trailhead and accessible online through the group’s Facebook page: friends of the ruby mountains. QR codes scanned by a phone bring up the maps and trail descriptions.

                  For more information, go to the group’s Facebook page.