The Trails Park stretches about one mile through an affluent neighborhood in Summerlin, Nevada. The head of the trail begins with a sports complex and ends with a Baptist Church where the wealthy residents can pray away their guilt of being in the top one percent.
An empty field where nonathletic kids are frequently bullied.
The sidewalk is mostly uphill so be ready to feel the burn in your legs and lungs. There are plenty of park-benches available for the less in-shape to sit down, so don’t let years of unhealthy living stop you from enjoying one of Summerlin’s finest parks.
Several tunneled underpasses along the trail give visitors a sense they are NOT as safe from crime as the statistics for the area claim.
Many homes along the path have backyard views of the park, but the visitors to the park also have views of everyone’s backyard. There’s no nude sunbathing or sex on the veranda in this neighborhood!Gloria insisted on having this photograph taken of herself as proof she’s still active and healthy, but I think she just needed an excuse to stop walking for a minute.
The view of the mountains and the curve of the sidewalk create a wonderful escape route for would-be criminals who have cased this quiet neighborhood for an opportunity.There are several grassy areas equipped with playgrounds for children where the squeals and screams of youth can permeate the tranquility of all the homes close-by.These lucky million-dollar homeowners have sweeping views of the city from their upstairs balcony which they have never enjoyed because of the long hours it takes to be consumed by greed and ambition.
We had to climb a dangerous hill, navigate around a row of bushes and stick the camera lens through an opening in a security fence to get this picture of a windowless estate. We must have looked like the Paparazzi.
At the west end of the trail there’s a large grassy area no resident has ever stepped foot on because it was completely unblemished and perfectly manicured.
A typical road through Summerlin looks much like this. Houses and plants mixed together in a kaleidoscope of painful suburbia.
We captured this rare image of Summerlin residents walking through their natural habitat.
Going east on the trail is much easier because it is downhill. Next time we plan to bring along a pair of skateboards and a GoPro for the mile-long decent. Gloria’s going first!
Another lovely oasis where one can sit on a park-bench and relax with a close-up view of a tree trunk.
All in all this park was refreshing and enjoyable even if we felt like unwelcome intruders in a Stepford Wives neighborhood.
The road leading to the park. On one side is a large shopping complex and on the other side is a water guzzling section of the park which basically gives the finger to the severe drought conditions that have plagued the western states for a decade.
Gloria is a risk taker and I challenged her to walk across a dangerous suspension bridge while I balanced precariously on the edge of a curb to capture this amazing action shot.
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