Rainy Day Adventure

It’s not often I get the chance to take pictures in the rain, but Wylde and I had a few hours to spare while we waited for my mother at the beauty salon. The Springs Preserve was close to the salon so we took full advantage of the extra time together. Plus, I got the chance to try out my new Nikon D7100 in something other than the endless sunlight of our desert!

Solar paneled parking lot.c-08Man-made canyon that leads to the ticketing center.c-11Escape route for water.c-15Metal plant sculptures.c-06Theater and exhibit building.c-13Clint Carvalho’s singing parrot.(video 01:27)(If this video stops and starts, click off the HD feature on the play ↑ bar.)

One of the many walkways in the exhibit area.c-17A bit of drunken history.c-03Rain collecting on a decorative patio canopy.c-01Desert seeds and soil.c-02Interactive train display.c-04Even back in the day, Vegas worked her glamorous reputation.c-07The Stratosphere tower disappearing into the gloomy abyss.c-09Fall finally arrived in Las Vegas._DSC1346Native American grass dwelling. It was actually dry inside!c-18Desert plants.c-14Back to the mall to retrieve my freshly beautified mother.c-10

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Rocky Road

StartGloria and I took full advantage of yesterday’s 70° temperature with a trek around Lone Mountain. The hike is rocky and rough, yet at only 2.5 miles from start to finish, this trail gives the illusion of being a rural adventure without the worry of carrying a lot of gear.

hillDon’t be fooled by these dirt roads because they’re much steeper than they seem in the photograph. Or so the story goes from the perspective of two people who haven’t been hiking in months!

curveOf course with a neighborhood and a freeway only minutes away from the trail we never really got the sense of being alone with nature, but the purpose of our walk wasn’t about solitude and nature as much as it was about exercise and friendship.

freewayLas Vegas looms in the distance as we circled the mountain on our final decent back into the city. We spent about an hour and half on this adventure, just enough time to feel invigorated instead of exhausted.

boulderThree minute video adventure!(If this video stops and starts, click off the HD feature on the play ↑ bar.)

Dirty ShoesDusty shoes as a reminder that we accomplished what we set out to do. Sometimes life is best served with a fresh dose of friendship and an adventure. Happy trails everybody!

Season of Joy

snowmanDecember is stressful for me. Not because something negative is happening in the domestic nest, but because I feel a bombardment of overall busyness surrounding me everywhere. People are scattered about buying things they don’t normally buy because of an obligation called the Holiday Season.

Crowds of people appear in places that are usually quiet and manageable. City streets overflow with aggressive traffic. Parking lots become mechanical oceans and humans transform into hungry sharks devouring their retail prey. Instinctively, mindlessly, society recreates this month after month, year after year, decade after decade.

This is not the season of joy, it’s the season of money.