Day 18: Valley of Fire, Lake Mead, and Craziness

Day 18: Valley of Fire, Lake Mead, and Craziness

Location:  St. George, Utah
Day 18

Today was glorious, again.  The high was about 84 (87) degrees. And blue sky and thin clouds like yesterday.

Today we took our family and started out on a drive to The Valley of Fire in Nevada. It took us about 2 hours to get there. And it is absolutely awesome! Think Moab. Red Rock. Cool holes in the rocks. Arches. That kind of stuff. I think I even like it better than Moab. It was amazing!!! I just wish it was bigger!

Here are the photos of the drive through the Gorge (The canyone between Utah and Nevada that also includes a little stent through Arizona) up until we reached The Valley of Fire.

Whose brilliant idea was that?  Lol.  (One Nevada sign in front of another.)

Here are the photos from the Valley of Fire.

(I have to laugh at myself, because I read this as durABLE.  Lol.  Instead of Durable.  Ha)

I have a crack on my heel and it hurts to walk, so I stayed in the car while they got out to hike on one of the trails. And it was hard. I do not like feeling like I’m going to miss out. I sent Ben with my camera so I can at least see/have pictures of it.  The hike is called the Mouse’s Tank.  And it passes through lots of petroglyphs.

You pretty much had to walk in sand the whole time…which is one of the reasons I’m glad I stayed instead of trying to tough it out!

Here are the pictures that Ben took.  He did a good job!

I wish the picutres posted in the order of the name of the picture…like in the order they were/are uploaded!

Here are the pictures from the rest of the Valley of Fire.

After we finished at Valley of Fire, we drove in to Lake Mead.  It was a beautiful drive!  I’m sure when the ‘green’ happens, it is even more glorious!

Here are the photos of Lake Mead.  The lake has been really low for many many years.  But apparently with all the rain they have gotten, it has grown by some billions of gallons.  (It still looks super low to me!)

And then we drove from Lake Mead to Mesquite…and these are the pictures from that.

As you can tell, the sky/sunset was S.P.E.C.T.A.C.U.L.A.R!!!!!!  It was beyond gorgeous!!!  And, I love that I have a camera that can capture the moon in its details.  <3

Then we drove to Mesquite to have dinner.  We had heard about a cafe and their amazing Chinese food inside the Casa Blanca hotel/casino.  So, we decided to give it a try.  Oh, boy.  What an experience!!!

From the moment we walked in to the casino, we were inundated with smells sounds and lights.  OVER stimulation times TEN!

We decided to continue on.  So we wandered around to where the cafe was that served the ‘amazing Chinese food’.  We had to wait about a half hour+ in line to even be seated.  Then we waited at least another 20 minutes (and finally had to ask) for our server.  Then, after we ordered, it was another 20 minutes or so to get our food.  Straight up?  It was the most anti-climactic food experience, ever.  We had our expectations pretty high, since we were told so highly about it.  And it was not good.  In combination with the wait time, and the smell and sounds – as it is an actual part of the casino experience – I was D.O.N.E.

As we left, I took this picture and posted these words on Facebook:

“They have an amazing cafe” they said “with amazing food”. “It’s in the casino, but worth it” they said. ‘They’ is cray cray. That is THE last time I will enter a casino…unless God commands for some mysterious reason.

Even if you feel differently, I totally love you. But I do not understand how people enjoy it. The smell the noise the lights – talk about over stimulation.

I learned a lot, though. And I’m glad for the experience. But it’s a ‘one time thing’ and I’m more than 100% good with that!

Yeahp.  I won’t be doing that, again, anytime soon!!!

And, in case anyone is wondering, not one of us put even a penny into anything to gamble.

It was a great day, and I enjoyed it!  (Even though I had to wash my hair for a second day in a row because of the smell of the Casino.)

We love you all!  Thanks for joining us in this journey!

With love,
Benjamin and Shannon

2 thoughts on “Day 18: Valley of Fire, Lake Mead, and Craziness

  1. Oh my crazy pictureville!!!!!! But I love all of them. That was a fun fun day too! Forgot how cool Valley of Fire was 🙂

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