Mike White and Mark Vollmer present “The Best Strolls & Hikes Around the Truckee Meadows” at 2 p.m. on December 2. This presentation is part of the First Saturday lecture series, where the Sparks Museum presents free programming 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month.
The Reno/Sparks area is one of the best communities in the nation for outdoor recreational opportunities, thanks to abundant sunshine and world class mountain and desert scenery. The weather beckons residents and visitors alike to step outside and enjoy a casual stroll in a city park, a stiff climb to the top of one of the area’s surrounding mountains, or just about anything in between. Author Mike White and photographer Mark Vollmer offer the most complete family-oriented and accessible guide for anyone who enjoys a stroll, walk, or hike to the best paths and trails in the greater Truckee Meadows region.
White and Vollmer will present a slide show and book signing for their University of Nevada Press collaboration, “50 of the Best Strolls, Walks & Hikes Around Reno.” Come get inspired by the beauty to be explored inside and outside our city limits for all ages and abilities.
Mike White lives in Reno with his pediatrician wife, Robin. A nationally award-winning author and full time writer, Mike has contributed to numerous outdoor guides, including Trinity Alps & Vicinity, Backpacking California, Backpacking Nevada, Top Trails Lake Tahoe, 50 Classic Hikes in Nevada, Afoot and Afield Reno-Tahoe, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Top Trails Northern California’s Redwood Coast, Top Trails Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Best Backpacking Trips in California and Nevada and Best Backpacking Trips in Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. He also has written articles for magazines and newspapers. A former community college instructor, Mike is also a featured speaker for outdoors and conservation organizations.
Sparks resident Mark Vollmer has shared his award-winning outdoor images and articles through books, magazines, scenic calendars, gallery exhibits, multi-media slide shows, photo/music DVDs, and class instruction for 30 years. He believes that nature is often our greatest teacher – a deeper awareness of our natural surroundings and its seasonal rhythms translates to better photography. In turn, photography makes one a better naturalist. A roster artist with the Nevada Arts Council, Mark enjoys sharing his love of science, visual arts & writing with school children and community audiences.