Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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?

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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

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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.

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

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Rocks engulfed in fluffy clouds, that turned darker midday.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Love,

Ms Zen

 

 

Mount Charleston (NV)

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I know that I mentioned during our coffee date last weekend, that I felt a need to get out of the city. Not that unusual..LOL. A day trip during the weekend really does the trick for me. I’d say that I can handle city living pretty good, if I get that thrill most weekends. To be addicted to nature can’t be all that bad. Right?

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It snowed in the mountains surrounding Las Vegas, on Saturday night. We headed up to Mount Charleston, (one of our closest places to enjoy the snow at,) on Sunday. This time it was even more fun than usual, because we didn’t go by ourselves. We went with a great family from Vegas, that both my daughter and I love very much. It was a blast.

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The kids were so happy to play in the snow.

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Both two legged, and four legged kids!

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I’m so grateful that we have the mountains nearby. It really doesn’t matter what mountain it is, the mountains feels like home to me.

I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, This is what it is to be happy. – Sylvia Plath

That is exactly how I feel when I get out of the city. Alive. There’s endless studies showing that people who lives close to nature (park/forest,/beach/mountain,) and frequently spend time there, is less likely to get depressed, or suffer anxiety problems. Not that I ever had a severe reaction like that, but still. I can totally understand that relation.

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My German Shepherd shares my opinion. I never see her as happy, as she is when she’s in the mountains.

You already know who my favorite poet it..I feel the power of this well known quote in my soul.

The mountains are calling and I must go. – John Muir 

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Sledding, and snowshoeing are popular winter activities at Mount Charleston. We had a great time playing, and doing some lighter hiking with the kids. I think it was exactly what we all needed to be able to start a new week at our best. (A pretty important week that is. My daughter started a new school, closer to my new home yesterday. Her first day went well. She made some new friends, and said that the school was OK.)

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Where earth meets the sky. 

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It was cold and beautiful.

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. – John Muir   

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I love the challenge of taking photos of a snowy landscapes. Everything looks so clean, and soft.

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I was so surprised to see a Prickly Pear Cactus peek up through the snow. I didn’t know that they thrived on this elevation. The contrast is rather stunning, don’t you think?

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Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn. – John Muir 

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I hope you enjoyed this little winter adventure, and some inspiration for your Thursday morning. I can’t believe that it’s almost weekend again!

Not all adventures makes it here to the blog, but I usually post something on Instagram, feel free to follow my explorations in mindfulness there.

Love,

Ms Zen