Life, Southwest, Travel

Road Trip part one: Las Vegas & Valley of Fire

Gaah, I still haven’t decided when I should go home…I miss our summer house so much and I want to be there in July, but I also want to get as much out of the (already way too short) hiking season here in Washington. Maybe the ridiculously late snow in the mountains here will push back the season a couple of weeks so I won’t feel like I’m missing out… :o)

Anyway – on to our road trip! We started by flying down to Las Vegas. JK and Julia decided to bring their cowboy hats (yup, they already owned cowboy hats…) since this trip would be a once in a lifetime opportunity to legitimately wear them. Julia’s hat would later save me from overheating on one of our hikes, so I can’t really poke too much fun at them.

Flying to Vegas

In my opinion, Las Vegas is the most disgusting city on earth (I really got enough of it last fall when we came back there after camping in the Grand Canyon – it gets even worse when you’ve just spent time in nature), but it made a lot of sense to use it as our starting-off point – oh, and we couldn’t drag Jules along on all those hikes without letting her explore Vegas as well. :)

JK: happy. Jules: not so much.

Our route:


First stop, about an hour outside of Vegas: Valley of Fire State Park! We didn’t have time to go on any hikes here, so we just drove through and stopped to look at purdy things.


Jules & JK


If you’re stuck in Vegas and unable to endure it in the daytime (ugh – everything looks even worse in daylight), I really recommend a trip to Valley of Fire. My favorite part was Elephant Rock:

Elephant or mosquito?

After messing around in the park for a while, we had to drive on to our next stop – Zion National Park!

Cowgirl Jules and our trusty rental car

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  • Reply jen paddack-hyde May 13, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    I love your photos! Always so beautiful:) Glad to see you back blogging:)

  • Reply Solgunn May 13, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Så kjekt du blogger reisen. Jeg reiser med.. :-)

  • Reply Erica Hettwer May 13, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Dude! I love how she’s flipping the bird to the slot machine!!! Hilarious!

  • Reply Raquel May 14, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Hey you were right near my parents house….My family lives in the small town of Overton thats only a few miles from Valley of fire depending on which entrance you took….Did you stop at The Moapa Paiute Travel Plaza? I use to work there……I hope you had fun. When you drive along the highway toward mesquite and all that, I know it doesnt look like much, but it is beautiful… took me moving to Germany and now South Carolina to look at it through different eyes whenever I go home to see my mom and dad! Great Pics, makes me ache a little for home (during the winters of course….summer is brutal!)

  • Reply Linda Salte May 14, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    For noen vanvittig lekre bilder du har tatt!! Og rålekre lo’s også – skjønner at faren din har savnet oppdatering – vi er flere som har gjort det! Godt å se deg igang.

  • Reply Joscie May 28, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    wow, I cant believe I have missed all these posts! I thought you were in my google reader… :( glad to finally read them though! What fun you all must have had!

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