Valley of Fire State Park (Day One)

“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire”                     – Ferdinand Foch

Valley of Fire State Park absolutely took my breath away. Day 1 of exploration consisted of a few hours of hopping in and out of the car looking at all of the sites with small trails to overlooks and view points. Due to some inclement weather and the car camping that nightmares are made of, we only spent a few hours exploring before heading back to Vegas for a night of much needed sleep in a soft bed out of the wind and rain.

IMG_4433The Cabins were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s out of Valley of the Fire Sandstone. We were among the first people roaming around in the park, probably due to that whole no sleep thing, and it was fun to explore without any other souls in sight.

Rock Facts: Sandstone is composed of cemented sand and therefore is a type of sedimentary rock; it has one of the larger particles of all the rock types; and it is used for building, paving, construction and glass making.

IMG_4446Most of the rocks along the drive had hollowed out holes or curving patterns, both of which I’m guessing are a result of the high winds that sweep through the valley.

Rainbow Vista was one of the other places that we stopped and took a small hike with the pups. This stretch had multicolored rocks with lines of red, burgundy, yellow, and purple striated against the orange sandstone.

IMG_4472We made a few other stops, but due to sleep deprivation and the onset of rain, we didn’t get to spend nearly as much time exploring as I would have liked. We did however get to spend a good chunk of a day later on the trip walking the Natural Arches Trail in the sunshine.

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Looking forward to another weekend trip at some point to explore more of this amazing park, hopefully with sunshine 🙂

IMG_4498I’m probably going to get yelled at for sharing this picture..

But I’m not allowed to drive Adam’s car… mostly because of that one time he drove 7 hours to come dig my car out of the desert… so this is what two very different versions of deliriousness look like

Me totally not being a back seat driver 🙂 and Adam wondering what the hell he’s gotten himself into!

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