Gratitude Challenge – Destination Nevada

I have been in Nevada for exactly one year now, and I am so grateful for my experiences here. I spent the first six months in the city of Reno (the outskirts, but still the city.) The past six months I have been living in my RV, while working on a ranch, in the middle of nowhere. I thought you guys might enjoy some new photos from the ranch.


Nevada is an interesting state. I love that the seasons are so clearly defined. Having four seasons is a blessing. I would not want to be without any of them. The extreme shapes that the seasons take in the desert is fascinating. From the grueling heat of the summer, that forces every reasonable human being to stay inside during the middle of the day, to the cold, snowy winters. I simply love it! Not even mentioning spring, and fall in all its colorful glory. 


It’s been an unforgettable experience to actually work with my hands here. Being a part of the life at a working ranch. Experiencing the seasons in a very real way.


Usually when I decide to spend time somewhere, it begins with me seeing a photo of a place, or passing by without a chance to stop as long as I would like too. I fell in love with Nevada by the end of a road trip back in 2013. The combination of wild horses, and wild country worked its magic on me.



I have been blessed with lots of extraordinary nature, and fascinating horses during my time here. I don’t think it’s possible to get enough of what Nevada has to offer when it comes to spectacular nature, and wildlife, during just one short lifetime. There’s always more to see, and explore.


I have met some good people here in Nevada as well. My overall impression is that most Nevadans are hard working, honest, simple people, that appreciate the good things in life. Is it the rough, wild landscape that made them that way? I don’t know. I would have to get to know some more people to really find out 😉 That’s the thing..I really enjoy spending time on the countryside, the deep countryside, it’s not always just to meet people. At least not if you want to have something in common with them. I love meeting new people, but I am definitely more selective now when I am travelling with my daughter.




Anyways, if you haven’t been to Nevada – Go there! There’s something for everyone. Most people associate Nevada with casinos and brothels, and yes there’s plenty of those, but the real Nevada is so much more. Where I live now, you usually see wild horses on the way to the nearest big grocery store. On how many places in the world does that happen?

I am extremely grateful for this experience! What are you grateful for today? If you read this far, create a post about something you are grateful for today, and share the link to your post in a comment! I’m going to write about something I am grateful for every Saturday. I would love it if you would join my Gratitude Challenge! Being grateful attracts more good stuff to your life, more things to be grateful for. So what are you waiting for? I’m thinking that a challenge like this also could connect like minded people, that are interested in creating more goodness. Feel free to like, comment, participate (tag your post MJP Gratitude Challenge,) and share. 


PS. As always, if you want to see more photos from my year in Nevada, visit my gallery.

10 thoughts on “Gratitude Challenge – Destination Nevada

  1. So nice, Maria, I fell in love with Nevada through your beautiful pictures and touching words! Gratitude Challenge is a brilliant idea, hope I will find time to join it. Nowadays, I see life from not its best side, being grateful for the smallest is actually so right. I feel grateful for living, breathing and being able to chat with such pleasant and kind people like you! Life is so short, just a moment, we should enjoy every second and being grateful for it!

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    • Yes, You are absolutely right! Enjoying every moment, sometimes easier said than done. I love meeting like minded positive people, like you. Do you think our passion for photography makes it easier for us to appreciate the beauty of life? Or is it our ability to appreciate the beauty, that makes us passionate about spreading it to other people with our photos? Have a wonderful Sunday!

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  2. Love all those desert winter photographs – they are wonderful.
    I’m eternally grateful for the opportunities we’ve had to visit, work and travel to new places, both in North America and Europe. It’s lifelong learning and the best education…I’ll include something about being grateful for that next time I post!

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    • It really opens up ones mind in a way that books can’t do. (Coming from someone who LOVES books, and spent 18 years in school.) I want my little girl to experience as many different cultures as possible before she starts school, so that she have something real to relate too. Looking forward to your post!


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