Valley Of Fire State Park

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Valley Of Fire State Park is the oldest state park in Nevada. The scenery is stunning, looking like your car could easily be in a car commercial. Other viewpoints leave you feeling like you're on a different planet. A few movies have been filmed here according to Wikipedia.

With portals and alien-like devil petroglyphs everywhere, this place has a mysterious feel to it. I sense there is a lot off trail that I'm missing. I hear there are dinosaur footprints somewhere as well. I'd imagine walking through the canyon at night would have some interesting vibes.

Walking through the canyon with some psychedelics would have some interesting vibes as well.

Walking through the canyon with some psychedelics would have some interesting vibes as well.

Fire Canyon

Fire Canyon

The valley was used by the Basket Maker people and later the Anasazi Pueblo people. The petroglyphs in the area date back to 3000 years ago and show hunting and possible religious ceremonies.

The valley was used by the Basket Maker people and later the Anasazi Pueblo people. The petroglyphs in the area date back to 3000 years ago and show hunting and possible religious ceremonies.

Lizard folk

Lizard folk

Colorful viewpoints

Colorful viewpoints

Atlatl Rock with vandalism. Ancient vandalism and modern vandalism.

Atlatl Rock with vandalism. Ancient vandalism and modern vandalism.

Many petroglyphs can be found by making a loop around where the staircase is located at Atlatl Rock. Keep an eye out on the walls in the parking lot as well. An atlatl is "a device for throwing a spear or dart that consists of a rod or board with a projection (as a hook) at the rear end to hold the weapon in place until released".

Giant piece on the other side of the Atlatl Rock staircase.

Giant piece on the other side of the Atlatl Rock staircase.

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"Sacred Datura has been used since ancient times by spiritualists, holy men, medicine men, witches and even modern recreational drug users.  It may, said one source, spawn “deep inner visionary states,” but it may also leave a person “feeling like an alien” or “feeling as if your being is dissolving.”  It may cause a “fear of losing control or of insanity.”  It makes you dream, even when awake.  It makes you imagine that you’re seeing three dimensional objects that, in reality, don’t exist." - From www.desertusa.com

The sacred datura plant grows prevalent in Valley of Fire. Some theories say petroglyphs are visions seen during hallucinogenic journeys with the datura plant.

Someone feels like an alien.

Someone feels like an alien.

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I've seen similar petroglyphs like on the right at Red Rock Canyon, NV and other states as well.

I've seen similar petroglyphs like on the right at Red Rock Canyon, NV and other states as well.

Mouse's Tank trail runs through Petroglyph Canyon where most of the petroglyphs can be found.

Mouse's Tank trail runs through Petroglyph Canyon where most of the petroglyphs can be found.

Ancient petroglyphs along with modern day petroglyph scribes.

Ancient petroglyphs along with modern day petroglyph scribes.

These were high up on a canyon wall. I tried climbing up but it was too risky. Many large boulders have fallen since the 3000 years the petroglyphs were made. It's possible there are more hidden and buried high up on some canyon walls.

These were high up on a canyon wall. I tried climbing up but it was too risky. Many large boulders have fallen since the 3000 years the petroglyphs were made. It's possible there are more hidden and buried high up on some canyon walls.

Many petroglyphs are found on black "desert varnish".

Many petroglyphs are found on black "desert varnish".

Mystical Bat Woman is found hidden behind a boulder and involved some climbing to get the shot.

Mystical Bat Woman is found hidden behind a boulder and involved some climbing to get the shot.

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Mouse's Tank

Mouse's Tank

Balanced Rock

Balanced Rock

White Domes trail

White Domes trail

Fire Wave

Fire Wave

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Elephant Rock sunrise

Elephant Rock sunrise

Early elephant gets the sun.

Early elephant gets the sun.

Crazy Hill

Crazy Hill

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Reflections

Reflections

Holley's Cuppa

Holley's Cuppa

Shout out to Holley's Cuppa for putting up our prints. Marie's print on the top left and mine on the bottom right. Thank you for the support. Hit up the coffee shop if you're in the area.

Holley's Cuppa
9265 S Cimmaron Rd #115
Las Vegas, NV 89178

Death Valley National Park

As a kid I remember Death Valley being the birth place of The Undertaker from WWF. Now I see Death Valley as a nature amusement park. Similar to enjoying different roller coasters at an amusement park, Death Valley has many different places to stop and enjoy. Temperatures of 120° F in the summer describes very well why the park has its name. With too much to see in one trip, I will surely be making a return trip.

Throwing stars at Badwater Basin. 282 feet below sea level.

Throwing stars at Badwater Basin. 282 feet below sea level.

Snow on the mountain tops but no snow on the ground. All salt.

Snow on the mountain tops but no snow on the ground. All salt.

Badwater Pool

Badwater Pool

Natural Bridge makes for some nice natural framing.

Natural Bridge makes for some nice natural framing.

Zabriskie Point

Zabriskie Point

Artist's Palette. Parking lot on Artist's Drive to the left.

Artist's Palette. Parking lot on Artist's Drive to the left.

Artist's Palette

Artist's Palette

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. 1 of the 5 sand dunes in Death Valley.

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. 1 of the 5 sand dunes in Death Valley.

Death Valley sunset

Death Valley sunset

Havasupai Indian Reservation

Havasu meaning "blue-green water", pai meaning "people".

Havasu meaning "blue-green water", pai meaning "people".

Havasupai is home to the people of the blue-green water. Located within West Grand Canyon, this hike consists of 5 different turquoise waterfalls: Upper Navajo Falls, Lower Navajo Falls, Havasu Falls, Mooney Falls, and Beaver Falls. Each with their own type of adventure.

To hike from Hualapai Hilltop (parking lot) down to the last waterfall at Beaver Falls and back is a total of 28 miles. I had reservations for only one night. Our trip ended at Mooney Falls which meant 11 miles in Saturday and 11 miles out on Sunday. Next trip I plan to camp 2 nights to add in Beaver Falls and extra time to enjoy my surroundings.

Some people choose to hike the entire trip, some will ride a mule, and some will take a helicopter. I prefer the challenge of hiking in and out with all my gear.

This trip was taken in November of 2015. Reservations fill up quickly so it's recommended to plan months in advance to acquire the preferred dates.

Wild dogs may accompany you as a tour guide.

Wild dogs may accompany you as a tour guide.

Hiking through Havasu Canyon.

Hiking through Havasu Canyon.

A lot of "almost there" signs aren't almost there.

A lot of "almost there" signs aren't almost there.

As I approach the village I get the sense like I'm in a different country. It did not feel like I was just a 4.5 hour drive from Vegas.

As I approach the village I get the sense like I'm in a different country. It did not feel like I was just a 4.5 hour drive from Vegas.

Dog giving no fucks.

Dog giving no fucks.

Frybread giving no fucks. "OPEN AT 10:00. BUT MOST OF TIME AT 11:30. OR BY 12:30."

Frybread giving no fucks.
"OPEN AT 10:00. BUT MOST OF TIME AT 11:30. OR BY 12:30."

Upper Navajo Falls

Upper Navajo Falls

Havasu Falls / Marie

Havasu Falls / Marie

Havasu Falls / Anthony

Havasu Falls / Anthony

Havasu Falls

Havasu Falls

Break away from the routine of distractions and realize what really makes you happy.

Break away from the routine of distractions and realize what really makes you happy.

Bridge to campsite. Fall off and fall off a 200' waterfall.

Bridge to campsite. Fall off and fall off a 200' waterfall.

Looks legit

Looks legit

Mooney Falls dreamscape

Mooney Falls dreamscape

190' Mooney Falls. Earned it.

190' Mooney Falls. Earned it.