What Kind of Plant Is This?

On the hike yesterday, this odd-looking plant was along the trail. I touched it gently, it’s very sharp! I didn’t find it in a search, but one thing is certain – you don’t dare touch it! Aren’t my old tennies so attractive? Nope.

Take A Hike!

Today’s weather is so glorious that I just have to get the heck out of the house. I hopped in the truck and headed out of the city to you guessed it, Calico Basin!

I prefer hiking here because I know I can handle the terrain fairly easily. The air temperature was hovering around 65 degrees with very little humidity at around ten percent.

I was diagnosed with heart failure in 2002, since then I’ve adapted and know my limits. Add to this, three herniated lower lumbar’s which cause a bit of pain after a bit.

But gosh dang I refuse to allow these medical conditions to shut me down, Man! Today, I used the 24/70mm lens which was a good choice over the zoom lens for today.

there were quite a few people out there, as a courtesy to others, I wore my mask when others were near and kindly stepped off of the trail a ways to let them pass.

It’s a beautiful day to be kind to other people on the trails! These photos are from the start of the short hike before I arrived to the beautifully pattered stone I will show next.

A Desert Family

This family was photographed about two years ago within the Scenic Drive Loop which includes a visit to Red Rock Canyon proper, definitely worth the hike!

The scenic loop is a fee area, I’m not sure what the fee is these days, or if there is a fee during these pandemic days. There are still plenty of people driving the loop.

Lovell Canyon Views

Lovely Lovell Canyon is west of Las Vegas Valley, beyond Red Rock Canyon and the fault line sometimes called an Escarpment. You will pass the road leading into the canyon on your way to Pahrump, Nevada.

Late yesterday, overnight and this morning, the wind has been constant with gusts up to fifty-five miles per hour. The seventies are forecast later this week, I’ll be grateful for this!

Yesterday’s Storms

Have given way to beautiful sunshine, yet it’s too bloody cold today! I’ll settle for the sunshine, thank you! Anyway, here are five more photos from yesterday’s excursion into the stormy desert. It was about ten degrees colder up there, and of course all of the snow and rain mix. It’s not high enough in that area for the snow to stay on the ground very long. I hope you like them. (Note: this is a post from October 2019)

Big Views, Cacti and A Closed Play Area

Here’s another children’s play structure that has been locked down. I hate this damn virus, it’s stolen so much from all of us. Just don’t go playing around in the Barrel Cacti, children… The view of the foothills was taken from the upper deck walkway, looking west. The two-fifteen freeway is in front of those tightly-packed homes. That’s how we do it here, my home is very close to my neighbors on either side. Squish!