While driving from Chicago to California last fall, we passed through part of Nevada. There are a lot of vultures in Nevada. So many that The Ten-Year-Old wondered:
“Is the vulture Nevada’s state bird?”
It seemed plausible at the time, what with Nevada having so much desert and all. But no. Nevada’s state bird is the much more photogenic Mountain Bluebird.
This little guy swoops around the state’s high country and ranch lands, hunting for berries and insects to fill its belly.
Wait… Nevada isn’t all desert?
We were really surprised driving through Nevada to see so much land that wasn’t desert. I’ve since learned that Nevada has more mountain ranges than any other state in the U.S, lots of scrubland for wild horses to roam, and some astounding rock formations in the desert areas. It also has places that look like this:
That’s Bonsai Rock in Sand Harbor, on the eastern side of Lake Tahoe.
Looks like Nevada has a lot of surprises waiting for us. We should probably plan a trip out there, in the cooler months.
What about you? Have you been out there? What are some of your favorite spots?
- 20 truths about Nevada that you never would have guessed (Matador Network)