We enjoyed a week away from the cold Minnesota and headed to Las Vegas. A huge thanks to Mike, Carrie, Makena & Ava to keep an eye on the farm. Now you are probably figuring that Las Vegas Strip- here we come, but, actually we spent one evening on the strip and that was enough for me. Instead, we headed out hiking for most of the week.
Our first trip was tackling the Trail Canyon on Mount Charleston.
The hike is 2 miles each way climbing 1,500 feet starting around 7,700 ft. elevation and ending at 9,300 ft. elevation. Last time I hiked this I experienced horrible elevation sickness so was much more prepared this time- water, electrolytes, snacks, and taking it slow.
Now that we got the big mountain out of the way we headed out on a day trip to Death Valley. We had heard the super blooms were happening all of March and were hoping it would still be some left.
We took a trip to Death Valley a couple of years ago but had skipped the ghost towns. We decided to make it a stop this year. Here are some of the shots from Ryolite just outside of the park borders.
Once we got into the park we were able to check out some of the blooms and did 2 hikes- one across the sand dunes and the second one to the end of the salt fields.
The one little discovering we located along the road to Death Valley is a gas station that looked like this:
We apparently stumbled across the area 51 center that has a 24 hour brothel. It is open for tours in case anyone is interested. I sent Dustin in first to make sure it was kid appropriate. The gas station looks like every other gas station and the brothel is the pink building behind the girls sign.
We did a few additional hikes but for the most part enjoyed time at the pool and the semi- nice weather for the remainder of the trip.