The Weekly Smile – Rhyolite


My friend Trent shares a Weekly Smile, and encourage others to join! There’s so many things to be grateful for, small and big things. I try to join every week. This week my smile goes to the fact that I got out of the city this weekend. It was absolutely fabulous!


We went on a little road trip to Death Valley National Park, and on the way we visited the abandoned Gold Rush-era ghost town of Rhyolite (NV.) Rhyolite is 120 miles (190 km) northwest of Las Vegas. I’ve been wanting to go to Rhyolite for a while. My daughter and I have been reading about it as a part of our Nevada Project. To see, and experience this place was an adventure. This week my daughter is writing about the experience for her school project.


When you first enter Rhyolite you are greeted by these ghosts. It’s part of an art installation of The Last Supper, by Albert Szukalski.



These ghosts in the middle of nowhere looks pretty creepy. My daughter was fascinated by them.


Rhyolite is interesting to say the least. The town is filled with abandoned houses, some ruins, and some, like the train station is in good condition. The coolest house is probably Tom T. Kelly’s house. He built a house out of 50,000 beer and liquor bottles, more than a hundred years ago. It’s still in great condition! (Like, I would live there, good condition.)

It’s just too much good stuff for one post. Rhyolite is right on the edge off Death Valley National Park, which is a really cool (hahaha) place to explore, which we did after Rhyolite. Death Valley’s visitor center is 190 ft below sea level! Have you ever been 190ft below sea level? It’s a weird feeling, and very interesting at the same time. I felt a pressure in my head, not like a high elevation pressure, or painful in any way, it just felt different. I will share more about our adventure sometime this week. My smile is big just thinking about last weekend! It was such a major difference leaving Las Vegas, and being able to breath a little.


Share some of your smiles! What makes you smile this week?





My blog will always be free, and without ads. If you feel inspired consider supporting me with a cup of coffee, or maybe a glass of wine for all those long hours of editing photos 😉 I will be posting Hi Res photos from Rhyolite Ghost town, and Death Valley, for free downloading to my supporters this week!! Thank you so much! Love, Maria

Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

32 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile – Rhyolite

  1. How cool, bet those figures look creepy at night such fun, love the fence in the background & the lounge love the colours, perfect family portrait. I have cut out lounge shapes into our hillside on our property would love to mosaic them, maybe in our next home.. Be well & thanks for sharing such fun.

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    1. I bet they do! I don’t feel a need to be there at night! I really enjoyed it during daytime though 🙂 It would be a lot of fun to make some mosaic art at ones home. I hope you do! Thank you for your kindness.


  2. What a perfect time to share since it’s now October! It reminds me of Halloween! Lol😀 and I’m with you, I’d never go there at night… Too scary! I’ve never been there or below sea level, sounds so interesting and looks interesting too! Love your photos and thank you for the smiles!! ♥️♥️♥️

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    1. Yes, almost Halloween! My daughter is very excited about that.It was a fun day trip, so many things to see. I’ve always found history fascinating, especially “local” history, wherever I found myself living at the moment. It makes me more connected to the place. Thank you for your kindness ❤

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