When I was younger, I loved looking up the symbols of birth months – birth stones, astrological symbols, birth flowers; being a July baby: ruby, Leo, larkspur. But, I was never all that excited about my birth flower, not compared to April with sweet peas or August with lilies. I never saw my birth flower growing wildly in fields near my cabin in Utah or daintily posed in the floral section of the grocery in puffy bouquets sprayed with dense TDZ. I had no idea what a larkspur was, and I had completely forgot about them, right until recently when, while scrolling through the Travel Nevada Instagram, I noticed a picture featuring a vibrant, purple field of flowers with an orange sunset setting the scene. Larkspurs! I had finally found them, and they were so close! I was (clearly) excited, until I reached my destination and realized I was actually looking at…
Also, I had missed prime lupine season, so all I was going to find after an hour drive to Lake Tahoe at 7 p.m. after an 8 hour shift was a bunch of green bushes with a few leftover purple flowers slowly closing for the season. But never the matter. I was at the lake, it was a beautiful day, and fields of green and purple are even better than just fields of purple, in my personal opinion. However, my favorite color has been green my whole life, so I may be biased.
Apparently, the best time to visit the lupines is in June, when the weather is warm, the lake is higher, and the water can reach the bushes. There are fuzzy, mostly-black bees swarming the flowers, and little orangey-red ladybugs fly around with them. I also found a tiny, secluded beach where the wildflowers are abundant, and I spent a quiet evening relaxing in the sand and watching the sunset. After a few hours at the beach, I stopped by one of my favorite local pizza places, Wild Garlic, where I had cheese pizza with plenty of jalapenos, ranch, and honey (for the crust. A Reno thing, I believe). After a long day at work, I was very excited to relax and enjoy some me time, especially in such a serene place.
If you’re visiting Reno or Tahoe, and want some good local recommendations, feel free to reach out! I’d love to share my favorite spots 🙂
XO Sara Lynn
*Song of the Day: Asleep by The Smiths