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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


And of course some fine gas stations refreshment

All of the landscapes were amazing. We drove through the "middle" route and also along Artist Drive.

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.

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.

Milo's favorite part was the slow drives through the parks where he was allowed to have window time.

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


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.

The Strip!

We arrived during the last daylight hours and made an initial swing through.

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.


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...

Good to know, Aliens need love too.

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!!!

Cholla cactus--very cute, even Milo appreciated them


The famous Skull Rock


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!


Posted by Oceansview 22:01

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