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Valley of Fire State Park

So, I went to the doctor yesterday only to have her tell me what I expected to hear:  it’s allergies combined with something “viral” so they can’t give me anything to make it better – I just have to ride it out.  She did give me Nasonex (makes NO difference that I can tell), some Zyrtec D (so I can have the effing jitters all day) and some cough syrup with codeine that I will hardly take at all, because I am fully aware of the nature of my, ahem, addictive personality.


Anyhoo, I know I promised a recipe for today, but I’m saving that tomorrow so I’ll have something for Fight Back Friday.  Also, it’s Travel Tip Thursday over at Pseudo’s place – and the one thing I took boocoos of pictures of over my extended “vacation” was of this place:  Valley of Fire State Park, just north of Las Vegas.

I apologize for the lack of commentary (I’m still feeling like doo doo), but if you’d like to learn more about this beautiful, fascinating and HOT state park, go here.

Valley of Fire State Park Entrance

Long and Winding Road

Blue Sky, Red Rock

"Beehive" Rocks

Faces in the Rocks

Rainbow Vista

Beloved Takes In the View


Beautiful, but it looks HOT. That’s enough to keep me in the air conditioning.

Michele says:

Gorgeous! The southwest has some of the awe inspiring scenery. whereas the midwest has some of the most tranquil and bucolic. I like it all.

Feel better soon. I hope the nose candy (Nasonex) starts working for you.

rubbish says:

Pretty sure they’ve shot some CSI episodes there. Hope you’re feeling better soon.

Mama Badger says:

That looks wonderful. With a name like “Valley of Fire” were you expecting it to be cold?

Amazing shots Jan! So sorry you are feeling so crappy.

LPC says:

Now that’s my kind of Las Vegas. Beautiful. I love deserts. And I hope you feel better really soon.

Linda Tustin says:

Jan, when John and I got married in Las Vegas we went to the mountains right after the ceremony (It was just the 2 of us) and hiked and took pictures. I loved the mountains there. Red Rocks- beautiful! We also went to Bonnie Springs and went horseback riding in the desert. VERY fun!

Codeine makes me sick to my stomach … ugh! I cannot take it. (Morphine does too – do I sound like an addict yet?) I love your photos. I haven’t been to any of the desert parks in several years …. so pretty!

Lori says:

How beautiful. I can only imagine how much more beautiful it was in person. I hope you feel better soon! XX

Erin says:

Nasonex does work after a while. Hang in there.
So nice to see gorgeous photos from someone who has actually traveled. :–)


Jolly Holly says:

Anything that has to be squirted in the nose should be banned!!

BE says:

The place was breathtaking, or was that the heat? It was only 116 degree of “dry” that day. I wouldn’t be surprised about CSI but I do know that Star Trek Generations was one of the films shot there. But it was beautiful and we enjoyed having DD and Mr. Fixit with us for the afternoon. Of course coming back to the wave pool and drinking pina coladas was almost as much fun. 😉

Kate says:

I found your site from Servant To a King. I love it. I’m going to poke around a little bit, but don’t worry I’ll put everything back where I found it!!

Pseudo says:

I love and miss the desert. Never lived there, but used to take road trips. I moved to Hawaii when I was 24, but between 21 and 24, I drove across the desert a few times for a trip to LV. Plus my Aunt that was also my godmother lived in Palm Springs and I loved going to visit her. There’s something about the desert…

Great shots Jan! As always. Hope you feel better soon.

I take Astragulus (3 twice daily) for colds and viruses. I think it helps. I get it at GNC.

Gema Cratso says:

Amazing photography. I love this place. It is a paradise on the earth. One of the best thing I love about this place is seven sisters and elephant rock. Thanks for sharing such a well captured pics. Thumbs Up for your photography.

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