History of Mackay School of Mines

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In honor of Nevada’s Archeological Awareness month, the Nevada Historical Society offered an interesting lecture about the Mackay School of Mines at UNR ~ which is extra special to me, considering I graduated from there!

I transferred to the University of Nevada in 1981 to attend the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and received my degree in Geological Engineering. At the lecture I learned some key points about the Mackay family and the role they played in establishing the School of Mines.



Through financial backing and ideas the Mackay’s also helped create a beautiful University.

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Mackay Mines basement, with rubber shock-absorbing cylinder

In 1988 the building was retrofitted to help keep the building stable in case of an earthquake. The building was lifted and a foundation was placed underneath incorporating these rubber “shock absorbers”.

When I was a student at Mackay, the Grad Students had dug out spaces, where this new basement exists, and we would have to go visit them to get help. I was always surprised how primal it was. I found out at the lecture that it began far earlier in the schools history. Apparently there was more space needed for the early grad students, so they did what miners do and began digging below the building. We walked down stairs to get to these catacombs. The original students went down a ladder!

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Thank you for stopping by today!

Reno’s Hottest Property of the Month

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2160 Manzanita in Reno, NV || 1.3 Million


I’m excited to announce that my new listing at 2160 Manzanita in Reno, NV is hot on the market!! This beauty won’t last long…


The long, private driveway from Manzanita Lane leads to this fully remodeled home, perched above the 7th & 8th holes at Lakeridge. With expansive views of the pond, fairways and mountains, this property is a dream come true.

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The functional floor plan features a main level with master suite, fabulous kitchen and plenty of gathering space inside and out.


Just off the kitchen is the great room with vaulted ceilings, which adds to the luxury of this home. Plus, you’re surrounded by stunning views.


The bedrooms & main rooms overlook the golf course.

As an added bonus (and for the ecologically aware) enjoy the unique feature of your own private geothermal well, which heats the entire home and water!

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And don’t even get me started on the beauty of the backyard…talk about VIEWS!



More Details about the Home

This original home has been remodeled completely. New upgraded features include:

  • A formal airlock entry area with travertine flooring and tall ceilings.
  • The roof was re-constructed from a flat roof and now has two tall vaulted ceilings with dormers at the upper level.
  • Hand scraped hardwood floors, travertine and high end carpet.
  • All new baseboard, trim and window casing.
  • Old-world troweled finish wall details.

The kitchen remodel includes:

  • cherry cabinetry
  • granite slab counters with metal and glass tile back splash
  • Kitchen Aid & Wolf appliances
  • 13 foot cherry/granite slab bar off the dining area


There is an additional 360 square foot daylight basement area with a full height ceiling. This space would be ideal for a wine room or shop, and has separate access to the exterior of the home.

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More custom features:

  • Expansive decks and patios.
  • All redwood siding and a 50 year roof.
  • A large 1,066 sf garage with three new quality garage doors and openers.
  • Three furnaces all set up for the geothermal with natural gas back up.

If you want to see more of this home, check out the aerial tour!

For a private showing, please contact me today!

First Bike Ride of the Year ~ Dry Pond Run

I’ve been itching to get outside and enjoy the amazing trails of Dry Pond Run. And with the weather finally getting warmer, I decided this weekend would be the perfect time for my first bike ride of the year!

Today on the blog, I’m sharing some behind the scenes footage I took while on my ride, in hopes to help you better navigate if you decide to be adventurous and try it for yourself. It’s a moderate 13 mile ride, so whether you just enjoy being active or you’ve been riding for awhile, it should be an enjoyable route for anyone. Hope you enjoy!

Use the Strava app to navigate

Starting Point: Arrow Creek

Here’s footage of White’s Creek. You can see the water raging down from all the snow melt from Tahoe. It’s going to make its way down all these little creeks, eventually ending at the Truckee River, which I’m sure you’ve noticed if you live in Reno that it’s virtually overflowing!

Made it to the top Dry Pond! Not so dry with all the snow melt…

Mt. Rose wilderness area.

Just a reminder, I’m always looking to team up with fellow riders so if you’d like to hit up a trail one day, please get in touch by emailing me!

Thanks for reading and watching today. Have you ventured out in nature lately? Share your experience by commenting below!


The 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley

I recently attended an interesting event hosted by The NV Historical Society. This month’s guest speaker was David Antonucci, author of The 1960 Winter Olympics. His lecture was titled Snowball’s Chance: Story of the 1960 Winter Olympics, where he delved into the history behind the amazing Winter Games held at Squaw Valley.

Check out some photos from the event and learn more about what made the 1960 Olympics so special:

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Walt Disney got the job of creating all the ceremonies and festivities. Of course it turned out epic.

The USA team wins the men’s hockey Gold Medal. One of the players goes on to coach the 1980 Olympic Gold medal Dream Team!

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Walter Cronkite becomes the stand in journalist for CBS doing the live feeds.

IBM keeps track of all the data. I’m sure their computer system filled that entire building!

How to Visit Bodie Ghost Town

Visiting Bodie, CA


Feeling a little restless in Reno? Sometimes we all need a day trip or weekend getaway to satisfy our inner wanderlust – and why not start with an amazing spot located in Reno’s backyard? It’s filled with rich with history and amazing sights – I’m referring to the intriguing Bodie, California. Follow along with me as I share more about this mysterious ghost town, and discover tips on how you can take a quick trip there, completely worth the short drive.

A Bit of Bodie’s Background

Bodie is not far at all from Reno, and it makes for a great outing whether you go solo or bring the whole family. Here’s what to expect:

Bodie’s History


Bodie started out as a small mining camp at the tail end of the California gold rush. In 1859, a group of prospectors set up here – among them, a man from New York named W. S. Bodey.

The camp he and his companions founded would go on to become a full-fledged town carrying his name. The now-standard spelling of “Bodie” is thought to come from an old misspelled sign for “Bodie Stables”. Unfortunately, Mr. Bodey died during a blizzard the year after he first arrived, so he never had a chance to correct the record.

In 1875, a massive ore deposit was discovered when part of a smaller mine caved in. A group of capitalists bought the claim and set up a company for industrial-scale mining. The massive profits they generated attracted miners from all over, and the town grew very quickly over the next several years. But the good fortune didn’t last long, and within a decade most fortune-seekers had abandoned the town for other opportunities.

Though a few stragglers remained for years, trying to eke out a living, Bodie became the west’s largest ghost town by the early 20th century. Today, what’s left of the town is recognized as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior – and also as California Historical Landmark #341.

Exploring the Town

IMG_5457Bodie is frozen in time – a silent monument to the Wild West. Walking down the streets is like being transported over a century backwards. Only a small part of the town is left standing, but there are still over 100 buildings to check out, including one of the old gold mines.



There are plenty of old storefronts and other business to check out, still stocked with antique dry goods, alcohol, tools, and machinery. As tempting as it may be to take souvenirs, removing anything from the grounds is strictly against park rules.


The area around Bodie is also gorgeous (if you can find the beauty in scrubland), and makes for some great hiking opportunities. You’ll definitely want to bring plenty of bottled water, though, as the elevation is pretty high and the weather is usually quite sunny.

Note: To preserve the ghost-town atmosphere, there are no active shops on the Bodie State Historic Park grounds (though there are restrooms in the parking lot area). Make sure to carry enough food and water for the day.

Getting There

Bodie isn’t too far from Reno – about three hours by car – and it makes for a great day trip or weekend getaway.

Just take US 395 south into California, following the highway for around 2 – 2.5 hours (assuming you leave from Reno). Eventually, you should see signs for CA-270 E. Turn left onto that road, and you’ll reach Bodie in ~30 minutes or so.

If you’re planning to stay in the area overnight, there are a handful of hotels within a few miles of Bodie – check out Virginia Creek Settlement for a budget option, or Ruby Inn Bridgeport for something a little fancier. There is no camping allowed on the park grounds, but it’s not terribly hard to find other campsites within a short driving distance.

Check out more photos of Bodie Ghost Town:

Looking for other interesting places to visit near Reno?

Check out this helpful Guide for Reno Residents and Visitors.


Reno 150 Celebration ~ May 2017

The Reno 150 Celebration

I had a great time attending the Reno 150 event yesterday downtown on North Virginia St. where a large crowd gathered to celebrate Reno’s big 150th birthday bash! The biggest little city was officially established on May 9, 1868.

I agree with At-Large Council member David Bobzien, who said “there’s never been a better time to believe in Reno.”

As a real estate agent for almost 15 years, I’ve seen the market rise and drop, but today more than ever, Reno is booming with new development and new opportunities, and I’m so proud to take part in the celebration of its success.

Check out some more pics and videos from the event. I hope you enjoy!

The opening speech was a Chautauqua. This gentleman took on the identity of Myron Lake, which just as entertaining as it was informative.

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Caught up with Sharon Honig-Bear and Deb Hinman, two distinguished women of the Reno Historic Preservation Society

Dr. Alicia Barber reads mayor Hillary Shieve’s proclamation, declaring May Historic Preservation Month.

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This photo represents the wealth and opulence that was prevalent in Virginia City during the Comstock era.
An illustration of Lake Crossing with Myron Lake and Chief Winnemucca, on the River

Pictured here is a postcard describing the history of Lake Mansion. It’s a great place to visit in Reno, located near the river walk area.

Video above: Celebrating Reno’s roots with a dance from the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

Great Guide for Reno Residents & Visitors


I always like to provide my clients with updated information about the Reno market, current events, and more details on why the “biggest little city” is such an attractive place to live. Other than the obvious reasons of its close proximity to the breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe, renowned ski resorts, and the growing economy, Reno is an amazing stopping place to raise a family or take your career to the next level.

Whether you’re new to the city or a long term resident, I want to share a new site I found that promises to transform you from a mere spectator to a raving fan of Reno. It’s the perfect resource to discover what’s new in Reno, check out current events, read stories, or learn who’s hiring.

WhyReno.org is a hub for all things Reno related. You can even take a virtual tour of the city – but not to worry. If you want to experience Reno in real life, give me a call today! I love giving my guests a tour of our city. 775-544-6400.

I hope you enjoy all that WhyReno.org has to offer! If you have any other questions about Reno/Tahoe or need help with Real Estate needs, contact me today.

Storm Brings 12.5 Billion Gallons of Water to Tahoe, Now What?

The Sierra Nevada mountains are feelin’ the chill this year, succumbing to one of the snowiest winters in pretty much forever. Which thankfully put an end to the dreadful California drought.

Lake Tahoe must be stoked with all the new snow, as it has finally reached its natural rim after weekend storms dumped about 12.5 billion gallons of water into the lake! What a milestone for this huge body of water, which flirted with record-lows for the last five years.

To celebrate the snow, I took a drive up to Tahoe this weekend and snapped some photos. When I reached Emerald Bay, I noticed a natural, rushing waterfall. One guy was so pumped about it, he dumped out his Aquafina bottle and filled it up with the ice-cold cascading water.

The Truckee River is also benefiting. I just visited downtown Reno and the rushing river water was an awesome sight to behold.

But just because we’ve had a wet winter, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t conserve our water! Experts say that water supply can change quickly, and is not easily predictable, so I’m making sure to practice responsible conservation, and I hope you do too! 🙂



2 Things I Failed at This Weekend

Fail #1: Attempt to Visit Virginia City Didn’t “Pan” Out

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This weekend, I planned on visiting Virginia City.  I was inspired to scope out the area after reading Nicholas Clapp’s book, Virginia City – To Dance with the Devil. It’s an amazing read that spotlights the rich history of this small mining town, where a poor Irish miner amassing a fortune greater than any of America’s robber barons – and despite his newfound riches, remained humble and kind! Reading of countless stories about the men who risked their lives and plunged into the scalding hot hazardous core of the earth in hopes to strike it rich, I couldn’t wait to hop in my car and visit this bad ass bonanza town. 

But, instead, I got sidetracked and never made it. Fail #1. Can’t be worse than my fail #2, right? You be the judge…

Fail #2: HRPS Lecture on Sunday was So Packed, I Left!

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Sunday I was planning to visit the downtown Reno library for the HRPS lecture. The guest speaker, Dana Munklet, focused on the history of Reno’s irrigation system throughout our town, and how it’s survived throughout the ages. Apparently there are nine hand-dug irrigation ditches still operating from the Truckee River in Reno! Most have access along at least part of their routes, winding through suburbs and golf courses, north past Kiley Ranch and south to Steamboat Hot Springs.

Anyways, you’re probably wondering where the “fail” part happens. Well, I was really looking forward to hearing more about the story of these water channels, but when I showed up to grab a seat, I couldn’t even fit through the door! It was JAM PACKED. I stood for 15 minutes and caught some great information before deciding to gracefully bow out. Thankfully I’m a member of HRPS and will definitely be catching up with some of the other members to hear more.

Next weekend I plan to visit Tahoe and enjoy the views made possible by the crazy snowy winter we’ve had.

What did you do over the weekend? Did you have a fail? A success? Please share in the comments below!


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