Monday, May 29, 2023

On long-distance horse rides, Nevada’s beauty and hospitality are unveiled - Full Article

by Grace Da Rocha
Monday, May 29, 2023

It was a blazing day in central Nevada — much hotter than usual for May, it seemed — when long-distance horse rider Samantha Szesciorka came upon a sole paintbrush wildflower while traveling along the California border.

The wildflower, which was the first she’d seen since leaving Las Vegas on horseback earlier that week, was a welcome sign: She had reached the Great Basin.

Szesciorka said the change from the Mojave Desert’s Joshua trees to swaths of sagebrush was sudden as she rode over the hill, watching the landscape “transition” in a way she had never seen before while driving on any of the state’s highways.

“I literally did get to see how Nevada changes between those two desert systems, which is really cool (and), in fact, one of the best memories from this ride,” Szesciorka said. “When you’re driving on the highway, you don’t get to see all that...”

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