island in the sky area

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#mypubliclandsroadtrip stops at Pine Forest Range Wilderness in Northern Nevada for solitude and stargazing.  

The area is an island in the sky rising almost 6,000 feet above the desert floor to peaks that top out at just below 10,000 feet.  The range has been glaciated, and has several cirque lakes which are very uncommon in the Great Basin.  The 4WD access route travels through huge patches of aspen interspersed with meadows. Whitebark and Limber Pine cover the peaks giving the area its name. This part of Nevada is as dark as anywhere in the continental U.S. so the Milky Way is very visible.

Photos by Bob Wick and Rita Ayers, BLM

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”The title for the new album is called ‘Dark Sky Island’. It refers to the island of Sark that’s in the Channel Islands and it’s the first island that was designated a ‘Dark Sky’ area.

We take so long to put an album together that it’s important to us to give ourselves the time in the studio, but its meant that we had never really taken a break from the studio, a proper break. So, when we finished ‘And Winter Came…’ we felt it was time to leave the studio for a while.

There is a stage within working on the album that you feel you have to commit yourself to a release date. Eventually you’re going to cross the T, dot the I, and this is all going to finally be finished so there’s an element of excitement.

The work in the studio is quite intense and to then get feedback that there are people waiting to here the music, it’s something lovely to bring to the studio with you.”

-Enya (x)