Cowboy John loved connecting with people who appreciate natural beauty.
Nevada’s wide open vistas, hills carpeted in red, yellow, blue flowers, snow-capped mountains bunching in the distance, white granite peaks against a robin-egg sky, the Ruby Mountains—“God’s handwriting,” and Angel Lake, glacial cirque.
Bands of wild horses (mustangs), and the California Trail Interpretive Center, actual ruts left by wagons, and the infamous Hastings Cut Off trail taken by the Donner Party.
The Western Folklife Center, home of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, J.S. Garcia silver exhibit, and saddle makers, luxurious Cottonwood Guest Ranch, Holistic Management Ranch, horseback riding.