|Eric and I stopped in the middle of Ione Valley outside of Berlin to enjoy the smell of rain on sage|
In which we photograph the ghost town of Berlin, the Petroglyphs at Grimes Point, complete our journey and determine to do it all again next year.
|Jason and Ray graciously pose for us after delivering|
a replacement spare tire for the truck.
|Eric catches up with the outside world via an internet connection at the|
|The tipple and mill at Berlin look out over Ione Valley as thunder echos|
between the encompassing mountain ranges
|This wondrously picturesque weathered truck poses patiently outside one of|
the buildings in Berlin
|Eric is in full flow, setting up lights, camera,|
and tripod for a shoot inside one of the old
mine buildings in Berlin.
|A fine storm followed us out of Berlin, making for dramatic skies.|
|Rock art at Grimes Point|
Pits chipped out of the basalt boulders at Grimes Point thousands of years ago
make me wonder if the people who made them had invented the memory tool known
as the "method of loci" well before the Greeks and Romans. Like the knots in
strings used by some cultures, the pits may have been used as a memory aid to
recall historical events or genealogies. Check out The Memory Code, by Lynne Kelley
Features of the site include rock art and caves, in one of which, Spirit Cave, a mummy was found and dated to 9,470 years before present. The rock art is unique for the width and depth of the markings, and the “cupules”, small pits chipped out of the rock surface and found on hundreds of the black, basalt boulders that cover the site. It is considered to be the oldest rock art in Nevada, which makes it pretty damned old
The ghost towns we had visited elicit a sort of bittersweet sense of the passage of time. This feeling touches on the Japanese aesthic of Wabi-sabi, which constitutes “a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection” (Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabi-sabi, accessed 5/27/2017). I see it in a lichen-covered boulder, the weathered timber of a ghost town structure, or the ghost town itself. It also comes strongly when I sit on a boulder at Grimes Point, and contemplate the ancient lake and the people who once lived along its shores.
|Dramatic skies followed us back across Nevada as we followed Hwy 50 to Carson City|
Next May we will return to Central Nevada, step into that cozy bar in Belmont, and get Puggie to explain to us once more how to get to White Rock, which is just, “straight across the valley – you can’t miss it!”
|"Pops and the Kid" - photo by Eric Mindling|
|Part of the mining structures in Berlin, this was used to deliver ore to rail cars.|
|Storm clouds begin to grow over Berlin|
|Nevada Mining Company tipple and mill|
|Eric pursuing his craft|
|Peeking out from beneath rain clouds from a stop in the mountains west of Berlin toward the sunny vastnessof western Nevada|
|Storm clouds chase us west on US 50 toward Fallon|
|Sand Mountain, east of Fallon. The desert winds have accumulated the beaches of ancient Lake Lahontan in this corner of the Humboldt Sink.|
|Grimes Point rock art|