[Side note: As we started to leave in the tow car this morning, we saw a cable we connect between tow car and rig sitting on the tow car hood. Apparently, we had disconnected the cable, left it on the hood, and then drove the several miles from our campsite to the Exchange and back without it falling off.]
Anyway, to get Valley of Fire, we drove through part of Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Lake Mead is the 112-mile long reservoir created on the Colorado River when Hoover Dam was completed in 1936. We saw glimpses of Lake Mead along the way, plus rocks formations in every color of brown and gray, plus apricot, white, and yellow.
Valley of Fire features red sandstone formations resembling the backs of stegosaurus (stegosauri? stegosaurs?), huge loaves of pull-apart bread, and mushrooms dropped into a gray/brown lunar landscape.
|Valley of Fire Sate Park, about 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada.|
|This Valley of Fire formation is called Elephant Rock.|
|Red rocks in the middle of the lunar-looking landscape.|
|Jim and Cooper near the top of a short hike we took.|
|Reminder to self: You already know that your "hiking" sandals are a poor choice in rocky areas because small stones get stuck under your feet. So don't wear them on desert trails.|