It was 34º and lightly snowing.
We changed direction and headed south for the heat of the desert to the Valley of Fire, oldest of all the State Parks in Nevada.
What can I say except...Oh.my.gosh.
Sony cannot possibly make a camera that can do justice to the color and magnitude of this hostile, hardy sliver of earth.
Pictured here are the remains from a 60's movie set....The Professionals, starring Burt Lancaster.
Also filmed in this Mars-like area: Airwolf, Total Recall, Star Trek Generations...where Captain Kirk died, and Transformers where autobots are driving in the valley with military vehicles during a sunset.
Petroglyphs galore. Older than my familiar locals and mucho plentiful.
No, that's not a petroglyph with a blue t-shirt on, that's my client and pal, RJ from South Carolina.
Eye candy, Neapolitan ice-cream sandstone, ancient playgrounds, all beyond visual stimulation.
And did you know that 80-90 years ago a major dirt road thoroughfare highway from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles went through the Valley of Fire with a high speed of 25mph? True story. You can walk along the original road still strewn with camping equipment, pieces of antique cars and even tin cans left over from dinner in the rocks. Blows my mind.
Slots, hoodoos, vistas, blue skies, staggering expanse, hiking and more colors than you can count. What took me so long to come here?
I can guarantee it won't be long until I return.