April 29th, 2014

drinking bird

Trip to Las Vegas

I recently spent a week in Las Vegas. Such a lovely change from the cold and rain or snow of Maryland...

One of our first excursions was to visit Red Rock Canyon Park. It reminded me of Arizona, which is of course fairly close.

the rock face
First view of the rocks. A certain number of people were visiting the park, where many hikes are possible. There was a lone climber up on the rock face.
a rock climber

the climber seen from afar
That climber, as a little white dot on the rock face

Stripe effect of the different rock sedimentations

more stripes
Another example.

curious old crater
An ancient crater.

desert vegetation
Desert vegetation.

I really loved the dry climate of Las Vegas. It reminded me of the Mediterranean. Though Las Vegas has the big advantage of having few insects and no mosquitoes! Such a relief after the swarms of mosquitoes and other biting insects of most of the rest of the country. They do have bees, though.

I will post some more later. We had interesting visits to the Botanic Garden and to Lake Las Vegas.