6am: out the door and on the way to Moscow, ID, Suri says it is only an 11 hour drive…
8am: really on the way and on the road heading for Moscow, ID.
When I took this shot, Instagram labeled the area: ‘Middle of Nowhere, Nevada.’ we (my son and I) had already been on the road for about 2.5 hours, the hills on the North side of IH80 were black and charred by the recent wild fires plummeting northern Nevada. There were 7 burning when we left.
The start of a very busy fire season.
It’s funny when I lived in Texas, the idea of a Tornado was terrifying, but now being back on the west coast, the thought of wild fires, and earthquakes, doesn’t phase me a bit.
First stop, Lovelock, Nevada, located on IH80, about 93 miles east of Reno inside Pershing County. This valley was known to settlers as Big Meadows because of the abundance of grass and water, and a favorite resting place before traveling on to California and Oregon.
When this ancient Chinese custom began is unknown, but these lock-laden chains, most common in the Yellow Mountains and at the Great WALL of China, have begun to appear elsewhere in the world. Thousands upon thousands of simple metal locks adorn chains and fences, are placed with love and care by those who wish to symbolize their enduring forever love. They fasten a lock on the chain and throw away the key, uniting their love for eternity.
This ancient Chinese custom began, but the lock-laden chains, common in the Yellow Mountains and at the Great Wall of China, have begun to appear elsewhere in the world. Thousands of simple metal locks adorn chains and fences, placed with care by those who wish to symbolize their enduring love. Fasten a lock on the chain and throw away the key, thus uniting your love for eternity.
You can buy LOVE LOCKS for this ancient Chinese custom, and the locks are available at local participating businesses throughout Lovelock. Look for the Lovers Lock posters in the storefront windows. Then go to Lovers Lock Plaza, which is located behind the historic Pershing County Courthouse, at 400 Main Street.
In the Plaza, you will find a circle of green metal pillars with linking chains filled with locks, place your lock anywhere on the chains, then you can either throw away the keys or keep them as a reminder of this awesome special day.
This custom has made Lovelock our nation’s official love-locking destination, which was dedicated on Valentines Day 2006. According to the ancient Chinese custom, as long as the lock remains on the chain, love will endure.
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