Red Rock

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Only about twenty minutes out from Las Vegas is Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. We drove through the canyon on a winding road taking in the vast, sweeping views of the mountainous terrain. The red rock really does stand out against the earthy hues, with the only other color coming from the blooming desert flowers. There were many points along the road where we pulled off to the side to snap photos and enjoy the crisp blue skies against a jagged skyline. You definitely don’t get anything like this in Florida! We chose to hike the Ice Box canyon trail which ends at a waterfall. Unfortunately, due to the lack of rain, it was more like a water-trickle, but it always is satisfying to make it to the end of a difficult trail. I would certainly come here again if I’m ever back in Vegas and do a different trail because I just fell in love with the views!

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Big Bend National Park – Day 2

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The second day in Texas we hiked to the top of Emory Peak, 2,500 feet up and 9 miles long. It was strenuous at times and I do regret not having proper hiking boots, but the view from the top was just spectacular (a 360 degree view!!) To reach the peak you have to scale up large rocks and it can be a bit scary because the wind was stronger at the top. I almost decided to turn around before making it to the end, but I am sure glad I powered through I mean look at those panoramas! About halfway up the mountain there is a clear view of The Window, which allows you to see beyond the mountain range. The weekend would not be complete without a little GoPro action, and you bet I made a sweet video that captures the essence of this crazy road trip.

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