Seattle has been having a spectacular winter with plenty of sun, however, I picked the perfect weekend to fly south. While I was in Red Rock soaking up rays, Justin was in the northwest running through a monsoon.
I planned this trip last minute when I got in touch with one of my best friends from college who had recently moved with her family to Las Vegas from the Midwest. We were far overdue for a visit, so I had no hesitation buying a ticket for a warm reunion in the desert.
Jackie and her sister picked me up from the airport on Friday and we B-lined it straight for Red Rock National Park. They had a slot canyon hike in mind, which was a good combination of shade and sun for this pale northwester! We stayed outside until the sun went down. This weekend was less about running and more about being outside and enjoying everything the Mojave had to offer.
Jackie and her husband had planned the whole weekend perfectly, filling every minute with adventure. The next morning we packed a cooler full of food and drove to Black Canyon, Arizona to canoe the lower Colorado River. For a Saturday it was surprisingly serene. There were plenty of small coves to pull up our canoe and wade in the water on our own private beach. I'd take river over ocean any day!
The weekend would not have been complete without a night on the strip. We stayed in a room at The Trump and spent the night walking through the Casinos, eating Italian food and drinking wine. We didn't do anything too crazy - after all, that wasn't really our style. We spent Sunday morning by the pool eating brunch and swimming. I got the last of my sun rays going for a run with Jackie at high noon, and it was almost nauseating how hot it was. I almost hacked up a lung from the dry desert heat. I'm glad we kept it short, because my skin was borderline fried.
I'm certain I'll be back before the end of the year for more desert adventures!
I am an outdoor and travel junkie who is currently completing my doctorate in occupational therapy overseas in rural Fiji. On Sweet World Travels you will find stories of my life with my husband, the communities we serve, and the many adventures we take.