Mark Twain at Lake Tahoe

January 15, 2015

Fairest Picture, book about Mark Twain Lake Tahoe
In 1861, the man who would become Mark Twain hiked to Lake Tahoe to stake a claim for a timber ranch. He spent many blissful days on the Lake but carelessly allowed his campfire to escape, creating a spectacular wildfire. He later wrote about his experiences in his 1872 memoir, “Roughing It”. Follow his footsteps from Carson City and see the locations where he camped and relaxed. See the same views that inspired him to declare Tahoe as the “fairest picture the whole earth affords.”

Come to Galena Creek Visitor Center on Saturday, January 17, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., to meet author David Antonucci and hear him speak about “Fairest Picture,” his Mark Twain book. This and other copies of Antonucci’s books will be available for purchase. Suggested donation for this event is $5.

The next day, Sunday, January 18, is Kids’ Adventure Hike & Reptile Day at Galena Creek. At 10 a.m., join a Scavenger Hunt family adventure through the forest to search for things produced by nature, as well as a few things that weren’t. Afterwards, warm up in the Visitor Center with hot cocoa or cider. At 11 a.m., learn about the Reptiles of Nevada. See live snakes, spiders, and other creatures up close and personal and learn how they have adapted to survive the winter.

These are only two of several family friendly events and activities you can enjoy at Galena Creek during January. There are different things to do every month at this popular park in the Galena forest just south of Reno.

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