Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas


My daughter and I had such a glorious time in Red Rock Canyon last Tuesday, when I was able to get off work early (instead of the usual late..) so I decided to get us up early on Sunday morning, to enjoy some more time there. The city often feels like it closes in on me, in a way that I don’t appreciate, but I only have to get out of the city limits to be able to breath again. For me it’s never been shopping, or material things that done the trick, it’s always been nature.


On the way out to Red Rock my daughter said she was tired a couple times, but as soon as we got out of the car in Calico Hills (she had never bee there before,) that feeling was completely gone. It was like she was on fire! Happy is her usual state of mind, but it was a while since I saw her so into something like she was climbing the boulders in Calico Hills. The boulder in the photo above is more than 15ft high, hard to tell since I happened to have a telephoto zoom lens on my camera. The view from the boulder, is the view you can see in the first photo. We felt like we were on top of the world!


It was a very cold (for this part of the world,) and beautiful morning. I’d say that the views in this part of the valley was even more magnificent, than the incredible ones we experienced on Tuesday.


When you do the right thing, you get the feeling of peace and serenity associated with it. Do it again and again. – Roy T. Bennett


Nature always makes me feel humble, and helps me put things in perspective. In the city there’s so much I don’t understand, out in nature everything makes perfect sense. Does that make any sense?


Calico Hills from a distance.

I am grateful that I get to spend time in the Mojave Desert, it’s a unique geological area, and I wouldn’t want to be without this experience.

One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls.Jack Kerouac


The desert is intense; the blue skies, the air, the sun, the emotions, the sharp colors of the yucca’s…everything. It’s impossible to not be touched. As the hours went by, we met other people enjoying the beautiful day, several of them had tears in their eyes, as they admired the beauty of this place.


The northern slopes was covered with a light dusting of snow. We even walked through snow in some places.


Rocks engulfed in fluffy clouds, that turned darker midday.


The mountains are calling and I must go. John Muir


What type of nature is calling your name? For me it’s always been mountains.


One thing that I love about Red Rock National Preserve is that it is easy accessible for everyone. You can enjoy just driving the scenic drive, in the photo above, and still get a huge dose of the unique beauty this place has to offer. Or you can get out and hike for hours, to explore more untouched parts of the canyon. I didn’t take any photos of the visitor center, but it is very nice, and located right in the beginning of the scenic drive. If you’re planning a visit, I suggest you start there.


This incredible place is 25 minutes from my house, a shorter distance than if I would drive to the other side of the city, and definitely a more enjoyable drive. I hope you enjoyed the virtual tour. If you’re visiting Las Vegas, you don’t want to miss Red Rock Canyon.

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter. Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

It’s Tuesday morning, and time to get my daughter up in time for school. Have a fabulous day!


Ms Zen



Weekend Coffee Share; Red Rock Canyon, and DNA Testing


How was your week? Can I get you some coffee? This week we’re enjoying the magical brew in Red Rock Canyon. I got off work a little earlier on Tuesday, and enjoyed a marvelous, sunny afternoon in Red Rock Canyon National Preservation Area. I would love for us to have our coffee chat this week overlooking the beautiful Red Rock Canyon. Are you game?


I love walking among the scattered Joshua Trees (much smaller than in Mojave National Preserve,) while breathing the fresh mountain air. Over there is a perfect place to sit down and have some coffee!



Did you see the big herd of burros on the drive here? Actually I believe there was two different herds, just close to each other. I counted to 30+ animals. The biggest number I ever seen together. Previously I’ve only see 5-8 animals in a herd. How is your coffee?

Did you celebrate Valentine’s Day earlier this week? I spent the evening doing arts and crafts with my daughter, that was what she wanted to do. If you think too much about it, it’s kind of very depressing to be single on Valentine’s Day. Something I somehow managed to be most of my life. LOL. I choose to not overthink that, and make sure my daughter’s day was special. She put a lot of effort into making individual cards to all her friends. I unexpectedly got a beautiful, Columbia fleece jacket as a Valentine’s gift from the family I work for. I thought that was very sweet. They also got my daughter a thoughtful gift.


..and they actually got my dog a new toy for Valentine’s Day as well! (Not in the picture.)


Do you need a refill on that coffee?

I believe I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I did a DNA test? I got the results today. No big surprises. The most interesting might be that I have 264 Neanderthal variants, which is high. Being RH negative (not having the Rhesus factor in my blood,) this was actually one of the things I was most curious about.

European 100.0% ; Scandinavian 79.6%, Finnish 8.2%, Eastern European 4.0%, British & Irish 2.2%, Broadly Northwestern European 5.4%, Broadly European 0.5%.

Have you done a DNA test? Would you?


Well, I promised to take my daughter to the park, so I better get going before it gets dark. Thank you so much for having coffee with me. I hope you enjoyed the view!

Have a fabulous weekend!


Ms Zen