Saturday, May 28, 2011

Vegas 2011 - Day 1

Rob and I just got back from a 4 night trip to Las Vegas.  We can't remember if it's our 5th or 6th trip out there, but we always go at the end of May and we always have fantastic weather. 

This year we landed at 8:30am.  We arranged for our friend, Mary (who lives there), to pick us up from the airport and take us hiking.  We knew we wouldn't be able to check in that early so hiking seemed like a great alternative.  Last year our friend Corey took us to Red Rock to hike and it was a highlight of the trip for me.  This year Mary took us to Valley of Fire and it was just as awesome.

At our first stop Mary was talking about how she liked seeing "critters" and not even a minute later I scared a giant lizard under a rock.  I didn't even see it until it was halfway under the rock but the back half of it was about 12 inches long and had a striped tail.  We found out in the museum that it was a Gila monster.  We read on to learn they are rare to see and one of two poisonous lizards in the world.  I'm glad he was scared of me.

After that stop she drove us to a place where there are petroglyphs about 1500 years old.

From the petroglyphs we finally settled on a hike at the Rainbow Vista. 

We're very non traditional hikers and were easily distracted by a large lizard up on a rock and sent Rob up the cliff face, with the camera, to get a good picture.  Halfway up the lizard scurried off but Rob couldn't hear us call off his climb.  So, instead he took a picture of Mary and I on the bottom. 

We met him halfway down when we noticed some creatures moving in the distance.  We finally realized there were bighorn sheep and started running that way to get a closer look before they left.

This was pretty cool.  As Rob kept creeping closer and closer with the camera about 5 more sheep came out of a cave about 40 yards away from Mary and I.

We have tons of pictures of these things but here's a couple of the better shots.

We had gotten pretty far off the trail during our sheep adventure.  As we were walking back a large jack rabbit jumped out in front of us took off.  So, between the countless little lizards, the gila monster, the jack rabbit and the 10 or so bighorn sheep, Mary got her wish for seeing lots of critters.

After the hike we checked in and hit the pool for the next few hours.  A nice way to relax after the hike!

1 comment:

Sue H said...

Awesome pix! I'm jealous...except for the actual hiking part.