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