Despite what lieutenant James Dangle (if you're younger than 30, google it) would have you believe, Reno is a wonderful place to live and work. Reno is a small city that really has a small-town feel, and being nestled between the Sierra Nevada mountains and the high desert of Nevada, the outdoor recreation opportunities here are spectacular. For example, there are multiple ski resorts within a few-minutes drive of the UNR campus, and Lake Tahoe is only a 30 minute drive away. San Francisco and the Pacific coast are only a few hours drive over the mountains. Reno itself is filled with warm, welcoming people, and has a number of excellent restaurants, bars, and other spots for blowing off steam after a long day doing science. Check out some pictures below of the Reno area that I shamelessly stole from google images.