The Nature Post Pt 2 – Valley Of Fire

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So if you read my last Vegas post you know that I’m not a nature guy.  Not that I can’t appreciate its beauty when it’s thrust upon me.  I just don’t go out of my way to have it thrust upon me.  My good friend who used to live in Vegas IS a nature guy, and when we would go to visit, we usually ended up out in the desert somewhere.  I’m glad I brought a camera, because these are some of the best pictures we ever took.  My last post which was about Red Rock had a few nice photos, but to be perfectly honest, I was only there for an hour or so.  I managed to squeeze a blog out of the pictures I took plus a little research.

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Valley Of Fire was a different story.  We made a day of it.  We went to Whole Foods at Town Square, and got ourselves lots of snacks and refreshments for the road.  This was a bit further out than Red Rock.  I enjoyed this so much more because we actually hiked for a bit, and saw a lot of different things.  I remember loving it so much, and thinking to myself that if I wasn’t friends with this guy, I NEVER would have been out that way, but I’m so glad I did it.  One of my best days in recent memory!  It was certainly the highlight of that particular trip.

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Usually I’m so verbose in my blogs, but I’m just gonna let the pictures speak for themselves.  This is definitely a worthy trek if you’re in Vegas, but want to get away from the strip and see something beautiful.

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PS…….  I think I might be able to finally get back to Vegas in January, but I don’t want to jinx it….. Stay tuned!!

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The Nature Post Pt 1 – Red Rock

What???  I have a Vegas blog??  Oh yeah!!  So neglected already 😦  I felt like I would do these posts all the time, and take all these Vegas trips to research for more blogs (or to get drunk and have fun), but I haven’t been to Vegas once since this blog started.  It’s almost like bad luck.  Life gets in the way of Vegas sometimes.  I’m starting to run out of pictures too.  Oh well, I’ll get back there one of these days.

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Today I’ve decided to post a couple of pictures from Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.  These pictures are going to be a little different than the ones you’ve seen on this blog.  When I go to Vegas, I typically don’t bother renting a car, and I stay on the Strip because that’s what I enjoy.  That said, I know there are some people that like to get away from it and do some tourist stuff off the strip.  While I haven’t done a lot of that myself, I can tell you about a couple of places I’ve been and enjoyed.

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Red Rock is a good place to start, because it’s not that far away from Las Vegas, and you don’t have to kill a whole day there if you just want to drive up and see it for a couple of hours.  If it’s super hot and you don’t want to get out of the car, there’s a road that goes through it, and you can enjoy the scenery in the comfort of your air-conditioned vehicle.  Even if you’re pretty lame like me, you should at least pull over a few times, and take some pictures.  It is quite beautiful.  I was lucky to have a friend who lived in Vegas for a time, and he and his wife spent a lot of time out in the desert.  Photography is one of his many talents, and they were kind enough to take us out to Red Rock one time, which I thought was great, because if left to my own devices, I probably would have spent the time watching a ball game at the Sports Book waiting for the waitress to bring me a free drink.

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The pictures you see here are mine.  His would probably be a lot better.  If you’ve never been out in the desert before, remember to take it seriously.  Bring about five times as much water as you think you’ll need, and don’t wander off and try to be a hero, unless you know where you’re going, and how to get back.  If you’re a desert enthusiast, and don’t care as much for the glamour and glitz of the strip, there are casino resorts out that way as well that would have all you need.

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