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Adventures in our personal yard: ‘Sierra Freeway: U.S. 395 and El Camino Sierra in California and Nevada’

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Writer and photographer Stephen H. Provost’s Sierra Freeway: U.S. 395 and El Camino Sierra in California and Nevada is the fourth quantity in his rising Highways of the West sequence, historic journey guides to iconic highways within the West. Earlier volumes have handled America’s Loneliest Street, the Victory Freeway in Nevada and the Lincoln Freeway in California.

To journey U.S. Freeway 395 in California and Nevada means to marvel at snow-capped peaks hovering towards heaven; to revel within the odor of pine that permeates the air; to gaze out on desert sunsets of pink and orange and yellow; to fish in clear, tranquil lakes; to wash in therapeutic sizzling springs; and to courageous the rapids of chilly, speeding rivers. There’s historical past to find alongside this street. Cities have grown up round it, and boomtowns have turn into ghost cities beside it.

Sierra Freeway describes the majesty and historical past of locations just like the Three Flags Freeway and El Camino Sierra from the timber nation close to the Oregon border south by way of Reno, Carson Metropolis, and Nevada’s oldest city. Climb towards the crest of the vary and discover haunting Mono Lake and breathtaking Mammoth Lakes, then descend to the sting of the Mojave Desert and witness an entirely totally different sort of magnificence. Revisit previous 395 the place it as soon as continued down all the best way to San Diego, the one freeway to share a part of its size with each the Lincoln Freeway and Route 66.

Vacationers by the thousands and thousands have adopted this street, and their tales echo by way of extra 360 pages on this historic travelogue. Illustrated by greater than 550 photographs, Sierra Freeway is on the market in paperback, Kindle e book, and coloration hardcover editions.

A former editor, reporter and columnist with greater than 30 years of expertise at every day newspapers, Provost is the writer of greater than 50 books together with works of historic nonfiction, journey and fiction.

Excerpt revealed with permission of the writer and Dragon Crown Books.

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