Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Valley of Fire or Bust

     In February 2009 I wrote my fist blog post for 1willwander. This post announced my intention of leaving on an RV trip around the country. I did in fact leave in April 2009 and headed straight to Las Vegas. My plan was to stay here for a couple of months and then move on. I got stuck. I was to work here for a friend for about six weeks and then continue. That six week came and the job ended and I’m still here. I blame this partially on the fact that someone had promised to pay me money they owed and did not. I did in fact get sidetracked in that I got the idea that maybe I could make a little money playing poker. It didn’t work out. So now two years and five months later I am looking at moving on.

     The next logical stop on my journey is the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. The park is located six miles from Lake Mead and northeast of Las Vegas via route 15 and exit 75. The trip from Vegas is approximately 57 miles. This park is supposed to be very scenic with unusual rock formations. The park was dedicate in 1935 which makes it the oldest State park in Nevada. The attraction include camping, hiking, picnicking and photography. The name Valley of Fire comes from the play of the light on the red sandstone formations.

     The history of the park includes the story of a retired military man named Sargent Clark. In 1915 at the age of 72, he died of thirst in the area of the park. I’m not sure at this point why this is interesting. I’ll have to get back to you on that. Apparently there is a monument to Sargent Clark in the park. From his age and his date of death, he most likely served in the military during the Civil War.

     In looking online the areas of interest include the following; Arch Rock, Atla Rock, Beehives, Silica Dome, White Dome, Seven Sisters, Rainbow Vista, Mouse Tank, and Petrified Logs. That’s a whole lot of rocks. I’m actually just kidding. I do indeed like places like this.

     The park also has American Indian Rock Art through the area. This is something that definitely interest me. Also there is a history of this area in American films. Most Recently in the Film Transformers, and there was also a film out of the sixties that was made in the valley. It was called The Professionals.

     The exact departure date is uncertain. There are a number of loose ends that need to be tied up. Hopefully sometime in October. I’ll keep you posted.

No comments: