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New Year's Getaway


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The trifecta

Yep...we pulled it off. 3 days and 3 National Parks. Death Valley, Red Rock Canyons and Joshua Tree. I do not apologize for the numerous amount of pictures.

Taking advantage of a three day weekend, my friend and I decided to hit up some National parks and even threw in the Hoover Dam and a drive through the Strip for fun.

Day 1

Death Valley--with our furry pals

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And of course some fine gas stations refreshment
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All of the landscapes were amazing. We drove through the "middle" route and also along Artist Drive.
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I had never spent any time in a desert and am just continually amazed at this country's beauty.

At the end of the day, Milo made a new friend.
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Day 2

Red Rock Canyon

I'm not sure what I was expecting for Red Rocks, but I probably couldn't have been prepared. From the stark contrast of the bright blue sky and the red rocks to the pink cactus....all of it was absolutely breath taking.
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Milo's favorite part was the slow drives through the parks where he was allowed to have window time.

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Furry friends had to stay in the car, because of other smaller furry friends in the park

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Hoover Dam

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Overview of Lake Mead on the way to the Dam

I would have liked to have gotten out of the car to explore more around the dam, but SO many dam people(that is a rare pun intended to keep my pun-friendly folks involved)! Crowded on the sidewalks, brushing past each other. Car view was good for me.
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The Strip!

We arrived during the last daylight hours and made an initial swing through.
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I was still amazed at the number of people out and about. We decided it probably wasn't even safe to grab something from a resturant so we did a quick off strip grocery store find and got food from the deli before returning to see all the pretty lights. I am clearly not a photographer ,but was pretty impressed at my quick searching to find how to make my phone take at least decent pics at night.

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On the drive back for the night, we needed gas. I found a place on the route and it just so happened that it was a place that some people seek out...

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Good to know, Aliens need love too.

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I was very tempted...but it wanted cash.

Day 3

Joshua Tree

Last day of many long days in a car. I'm also glad that my America the Beautiful Pass was actually paying off. I hadn't needed to show my pass until these parks and bonus was Red Rocks and Joshua Tree visitor centers were actually open! I finally go official stamps in my Parks Passport!!!
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Cholla cactus--very cute, even Milo appreciated them

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The famous Skull Rock

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I feel incredibly privileged to be able to see all of these wonderful places and have a flexible way to work right now.

Now, off to view Compton!

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Posted by Oceansview 22:01

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