Thursday, February 18, 2010

SkyWatch Friday and Looking at the Sky on Friday / The Road to Valley of Fire, Nevada

 
My husband and I spent the Presidents' Weekend in Las Vegas doing what everyone does in Las Vegas, except during the day.
We have to get out of town!
We took a day trip to the Valley of Fire which is only about 70 miles east of  Las Vegas.
This is about as scenic as any drive can be.
We left the city of Las Vegas on Las Vegas Boulevard and traveled to the entrace of the Lake Mead National Park.
Then we continued on the North Shore Road eastward through very colorful desert scenes.
There are several side roads that lead down to the shores of Lake Mead, but, we saved those for the next day.
There were very few cars on the road...some bicycles...some motorcycles.
It was a bright and sunny day!
No jackets required!
Fabulous!
Please click on photos to enlarge!

  
We passed through the Bowl of Fire.
You don't need a sign to know when you are in the bowl!

Most of these photos were taken while in the car...honest...my husband was driving, not me!


We loved this scene!

  
These guys traveled quite a few miles on bicycles!
It was a perfect day to be on a motorcycle too!
This is the entrance to the Valley of Fire.
My next post will have those photos...
Please come back!




31 comments:

Sylvia K said...

That fifth shot is a stunner! Incredible capture, Carolyn, although I love all of them and the place is so aptly named! Does indeed look like a "bowl of fire"! Hope you had a great trip and have a super weekend!

Sylvia

Carletta said...

Wow, some gorgeous scenery!
The "Bowl of Fire" ones are so vivid.
I do want to see more. :)

Eaglesbrother said...

Beautiful photo's.

Julie said...

Great colours in the rocks and the hillsides here, Carolyn. Reminds me so much of the centre of Australia. I bet the temperatures reach the same too.

Stine in Ontario said...

I have never wanted to go to the city of Las Vegas but I would definitely like to see the beautiful countryside outside the city. It is gorgeous!

Carver said...

What a wonderful part of the country for a road trip whether by car or bike. You got some great shots.

Diane AZ said...

I had never heard of the Valley of Fire before, looks like an amazing drive. Your pictures are stunning!

Manang Kim said...

I don't know which one is my favorite because they are all superb!! Truly it looks like a bowl of fire amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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eileeninmd said...

Beautiful shots and I love the color of the rocks. bjuviz

Ralph said...

I haven't often considered the beauty of the desert. I have been to the AZ desert in the middle of Summer. and it seemed gray. Perhaps the desert West has such beauty as it is the point just before the Spring bloom, and the sun at the proper angle for beauty. The fiery bronze hue of the rocks is so lovely. Nice capture!

louisebah said...

wow that arizonian desert is something to look at! thank you for sharing!!

Ebie said...

What a great road trip! The rocks are blazing in red colors!

Arlene said...

the view is so beautiful! i wish i can visit that place in the future - to take photos! I just love the blazing colors.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful, definitely very colorful and scenic drive.

James said...

There is something about a road that draws people in but these pictures have much more that draws me in. Great shots.

Pearl Maple said...

Fabulous photos for Sky Watch Friday, the colors are so vivid.

Liz @ MLC said...

Your photos are amazing. You definitely had a wonderful road trip. Happy latsof!

Mine is here.

Vicky said...

Great photos, I like more the fifth !!! It's a outstanding capture!!!

Eden said...

Stunning shots of beautiful scenery. Love all your photos.

Patti said...

I'll vote for the fifth photo too, although they all are gorgeous. I've never been to that part of our country.

The Bowl of Fire with the reddish rocks is an amazing sight.

Thanks for visiting me!

Robin said...

What gorgeous country, I'm loving all of your gorgeous posts from the park. I'd love to see it myself someday.

fredamans said...

The sky is lovely, but that is not what catches my eye in your photos... it would be the mountainous backdrop and the array of colors!

http://fredamans.blogspot.com/2010/02/sky-friday_19.html

Ramosforest.Environment said...

Beautiful views. Love guys on bike shot too.
Luiz Ramos

Calico Crazy said...

Such lovely desert landscapes, makes me want to jump in the car and head west. ~ Calico Contemplations

Serendipity said...

Great views. And what wonderful blue skies!

NatureFootstep said...

what a beautiful place. But one I have not heard of until now. Thanks for showing. :)

Elaine said...

Wow, you right....this is a beautiful scenic drive. Next time we're in the area we'll defintely have to check it out! :)

Looking @ The Sky on Friday said...

Oh wow! What a beautiful group of photos. This must have been an awesome trip! I never knew of this bowl of fire.

Thanks for playing along. Hope you're having a great weekend!

-Tisha

Sacred Ruminations said...

Beautiful clear blue skies over these lovely desert landscapes.
Hugs and blessings,

Kcalpesh said...

Such a lovely place! Beautiful compositions!

Carly said...

Wow, these photos are stunning!