Weekend Coffee Share – Almost Christmas

 

Today we’re having a 5 min quick coffee chat, I’m about to head out the door. How would you like your coffee today? OK, coming right up!

How was your week? Busy with Christmas preparations? I wrapped  my last gifts this morning.

I’ve been working all week, and on my free-time I’ve put a lot of time into working with my dog (getting some good exercise myself at the same time.) Mostly outdoors, we’ve worked a lot on long recall lately. One night I even took her to MGM (one of the biggest hotel and casino in Vegas,) for some new exposures. She did awesome!!! I was 100% focused on her, so I do not have any pictures to show her excellence, I wish I did though. We spent several hours there, we did not have any issues whatsoever, and no one ever questioned her being there. I’m very proud of her.

I’m about to get in the rental car that is parked in my driveway, and head over to one of our neighbor states for a weekend adventure. I know I mentioned photographing wild horses in Arizona this weekend, but my plans changed. I’ll share more with you when I get back. I can tell you as much that I splurged on a new weekend suitcase, and a hotel room, no sleeping under the stars this time.

Have a wonderful, wonderful weekend, and a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Love,

Ms Zen

Ps. Those weekends that I spent away from home I always look forward to catch up with my coffee friends when I get back. The Weekend Coffee Share has kind of become a thing 🙂

Valley of Fire State Park 2

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Arch Rock, Valley of Fire State Park (NV.)

Imagine being inside a Star Trek movie, then you’re pretty close to the experience of Valley of Fire. In fact Star Trek Generations was filmed in Valley of Fire, the notorious Captain Kirk died here. It does feel like you enter another world when you enter this state park.

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I may not be a huge Star Trek fans, forgive me, (I have seen all the  movies,) but I do understand why this location would be perfect. Numerous other movies, and commercials, have also been filmed here.  The park is easy to access, and less than an hour from Las Vegas. If you want to visit, but don’t feel like driving out to the desert all by yourself, there’s companies that have guided tours in the park, that happily pick you up in Vegas, and take you to Valley of Fire State Park.

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These amazing monuments are fragile, and protected. You are not allowed to climb up on top of them (we did see people doing that.)

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There is hundreds of natural caves in the park, and some formations have what looks like huge balconies. With so much housing/protection from the elements already there, it’s easy to see why early human beings choose this place for their home, despite the scarcity of water.

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With every turn of the road, new totally awe-inspiring vistas opens up.

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I think the highest sandstone formation, in the above photo, looks like a huge bird of prey. Can you see the open beak?

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Valley of Fire derives its name from red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs, 150 million years ago. Complex uplifting and faulting of the region, followed by extensive erosion, have created the present landscape. 

– Valley of Fire State Park visitor brochure

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I hope you enjoyed the second visit to this incredible park. If you missed the first one, or simply want to re-visit, you can find the first post here. There will be two more posts from Valley of Fire State Park in a near future. To be continued..

 

Love,

Ms Zen

The Big Move 2

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Yesterday’s sunrise. I left Reno at 5 am yesterday. This is outside Yerington (NV.) By coincidence only minutes from a ranch I worked at 3 years ago.

Good morning, I’m right outside Vegas, about to start my new job in a couple hours. This is just a short note, to tell you that the drive has been super smooth. It was a thrill to see my amazing daughter yesterday. I’m very excited about everything!

Here’s some photos from yesterday.

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Walker Lake (NV.)

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Stretching our legs a little.

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While getting gas in Pahrump (NV,) there was a big fire very close to the gas station….those fires…

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Seeing my daughter, holding her close, laughing with her, and hearing her stories makes everything worth while. The light of my universe ❤

Have an awesome day! I can’t wait to catch up with all of you 🙂

Love,

Ms Zen