SMITH CREEK NEVADA JUNE
“Gorgeous sunsets, desert night walks, campfires, good wind
and good friends are just a few of the reasons we love Smith Creek,” (Jen Bohlman,
Wind Seeker member). The Nevada “Wind
Seekers” Blokart Team will be hosting
the annual Smith Creek “Round-Up” at
Smith Creek Dry Lake Bed, located in Nevada’s “cowboy country”. Located about 15 miles southwest of Austin,
Nevada, Smith Creek is on State Route 722, just off of Highway 50, the
“loneliest road in America”. For you History
buffs, Highway 50 parallels the famous Pony Express Route.
Since this annual event (normally held on Memorial Day
weekend) has been “snowed out” for the last couple of years, in an attempt to
regain those warm, windy conditions, the annual Smith Creek rendezvous will be
held on the weekend of June 18 to 22 this year.
The playa surface is usually as smooth as glass and provides an ideal
setting for fast racing and foolish frolicking around the fire (the newly
introduced marshmallow shooters will surely be on the agenda this year). Along with delicious supper potlucks, nightly
bonfires are among the many traditions that always make this an unforgettable
event. There are also some hot springs
nearby for your soaking pleasure.
If you are flying in, Smith Creek is about a three-hour
drive from Reno, Nevada. Alternatively, instead
of driving yourself, catch a ride with one of the Wind Seekers folks. Hotel accommodations can be found in the
nearby town of Austin, or you can camp under the stars on the playa, where it
can be so quiet, “it will hurt your ears”.
Hope to see y’all there!
Wendy Kirkland [
], Charlotte Bohlman [
]. E-mail any of us for more specific directions
and/or to make arrangements for transportation.
Directions: There are basically two ways to
get to Smith Creek from Highway 50. One is turning off on Hwy 722, 3 miles past
Middlegate (Gabbs Hwy intersects with Hwy 50), go over the steep but scenic
Carroll Summit and about 6 miles past the edge of Smith Creek valley, turn off (left)
on the Brown's Well Rd at 39.29031N, 117.45544W, Elev 6135. Proceed to your
left, towards the lake bed end until you see the Wind Seekers caravan. A second route is staying on Hwy 50 and
turning right onto Hwy 722 to the west over Railroad Pass, then at 39.32148N,
117.43348W, elev. 6105 turning right on the short dusty dirt road to the playa.
Proceed as previously to the far end of
the lake bed.