Image No. 45 thru No. 48
Las Vegas draws people from all over the world lured by the flashing lights, entertainment and of course, the gambling. But for me, it has only been an airport into which to fly on my past trips out west, rent an SUV and immediately head out of town.
But within a few hours drive, there are many destinations where you can find stark landscapes, solitude and opportunities to explore the unique features that abound. Most people think of Death Valley or Zion National Parks, but even closer is Valley of Fire State Park, just about an hour away from civilization, but so far removed. I enjoyed the short time I spent there being able to find the “Fire Wave”, and having a good, although cloudless, sunrise the next morning. In addition, I got to spend time with other people instead of the solitary evenings typing in the car. I’m sure, if you live in the area and can go there when clouds or storms are around, the photographs will be stunning, against the multi-hued rocks, but we work with what we have and try our best; my “cloud luck” was not with me that time.