From Neon Vegas to the Serenity of Valley of Fire

Trip Start Oct 10, 2012
Trip End Oct 26, 2012

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

We started this Unforgettable Utah scouting trip yesterday in Las Vegas, in some ways the natural logistical choice to start this journey through southern Utah. In other ways, we couldn't have picked a more discordant start for what will be one of our most "off the beaten path" 'Adventures.

We walked the Strip last night, winding our way through several of major hotels, their casinos humming, their lights adding a surreal multicolor glow to the cloudy evening sky. Throughout last night, thunderstorms rattled our windows. Throughout today, flash flood warnings popped up on my phone.

We drove south this morning to check out a possible trail near the Hoover Dam, then drove the shoreline of Lake Mead to the Valley of Fire State Park, which turned out to be the highlight of the day.

I'll try to get a video we took of the slot canyon there posted tomorrow, but even under gray and gloomy skies, the color of the stone sparkled.

We think Valley of Fire is a fitting way to introduce this trip, escaping from the man-made fantasy
world of Vegas into a geological wonderland of the Colorado Plateau - from crowds of people looking for enjoyment and pleasure in a world of plastic pyramids, fake Eiffel Towers, and other replicas of reality, to the pristine serenity and solitude of some of the most breathtakingly beautiful natural wonders on the planet.

I hope you can follow along as Pat, Denise and I make our way over the next 2 weeks through Unforgettable Utah!
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andreatravels on

I used to travel to Vegas a lot with a group of friends and we'd always try to get away from the craziness at least once to see something beautiful--Valley of Fire was always my favorite! Pat the geologist must have been in heaven.

friesendm on

Yes, Pat is having a pretty good time amongst all these pretty rocks! Glad you discovered Valley of Fire. It's a gem!

Kay Emery on

Yea, I've always wanted to walk (hike) a slot canyon. This one looks and sounds great.

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