Las Vegas to Death Valley

April 24, 2016 – We wanted to experience a buffet in Las Vegas, and decided to enjoy the breakfast buffet at Red Rocks.  The buffet was quite good, with hash, eggs Benedict, very good doughnuts, fruit, pastries, and of course, coffee and juice.

It didn't take long for the rain to roll into Red Rocks.
It didn’t take long for the rain to roll into Red Rocks.

After breakfast we thought we would do some exploring at Red Rocks park.  While we had some great views, the storms rolled in earlier than expected.  Hiking in the cold rain and wind (and without rain gear) didn’t sound too appealing.  Instead we got gas station taquitos and Barq’s rootbeer and headed out to Death Valley.

Thankfully, the storms did not reach Death Valley.
Thankfully, the storms did not reach Death Valley.

This was the first time we’d been to Death Valley, and while it was past peak wildflower season we did get to see some yellow and white ones.  The different colored rocks were quite pretty as well, particularly the bands of green running through the browns and reds.  We had a flight to catch that night, so didn’t stay long.  Highlights of our time in the park were watching a raven land on our car’s mirror, and doing a short walk up a dirt road.  The sun was warm today although the air was cool, we couldn’t imagine being here in the summer.

Expect to see some cracked mud and earth from the dryness here.
Expect to see some cracked mud and earth from the dryness here.

Dinner was burgers, mac n cheese, and more beer at Yard House, conveniently located near the airport.

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