[I wrote this post last Saturday, when we were in Chowchilla, as I hadn't realized I still needed to post the first Vegas installment.]
As promised, I’m actually back with another post on our travels. (I was really beginning to think that we’d be finished with our travels by the time I got around to sharing them. I wouldn’t put it past me.)
I’m sitting at home right now, just now cooling off after having earlier melted into a wilted yet snappy mess earlier. Boy howdy is it hot here. So hot. I don’t deal well with hot. So it’s weird that I’m about to post about outdoor Las Vegas, but I’m sharing our adventures there from December/January when it was much cooler. (Cooler than the 117˚ or so it was in Vegas today. It was “only” up to 104˚ here today, and we’re looking at 109˚ for the following couple of days. But it’s so much hotter here in the giant metal box that is our home. Oy.)
As much as I’m not enamored of Vegas, it does have some nice places to offer for some (late autumn/early winter) outdoor fun.
Some friends came to visit us in December and we went to Valley of Fire for a nice long hike. We had a good time making up stories to go along with the petroglyphs we saw along the way (although I wish I knew the stories as they were originally put down). The weather was perfect.
We also went with these friends to the Wetlands in Henderson. Before our friend had suggested we go, I didn’t even know it was there. We enjoyed another hike (minus pictures, apparently – I think we relied on Cardo’s phone for our pictures).
Finally, with the same friends, we went out to the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden to take in the holiday lights. Neither Cardo nor I left with any chocolates (although I was tempted), but Pic left with a bag of M&Ms.
With Poke and Baby B, Pic and I spent an afternoon at the Reunion Trails park which had plenty of structures on which to get completely dizzy. They also had this fun swing that the girls loved:
(I was also grateful to meet up another day with Poke, Baby B, and another friend and her kid for some park time. I hadn’t seen my other friend in years and I’d never met her son. The six of us started out at the park, but it was blustery, cold day and we ended up at a fast food restaurant’s play area. (We didn’t buy anything which might be questionable, but eating there would also have been questionable.)
Our time in Vegas was, of course, part of our adventure, but a weird part as we were staying at my parents’ house (our home parked out front). After we left Vegas in the first week of January, we were really off on our road tripping adventure.
More on that to come.