Last Tuesday, Greg’s 2 week Christmas break from basic training came to an end. After he flew out bright and early, we knew that we needed an activity to fill our day or else it would be filled by moping kids (and maybe a parent or two) saying,’if Greg were here…’ We needed something to fill our minds with something other than missing our favorite oldest son/brother! We first noticed the signs for Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada (just north of Las Vegas), when we were driving through last year, but we really hadn’t given it much attention – we hadn’t heard anything about it, and figured from the surrounding landscape that it couldn’t be very interesting.
We were wrong.
Once everyone was up (Greg, Vaughn, Eli, and Joel left for the airport at 3:30 – the rest of us went back to bed!), we packed a lunch and hit the road for the short drive that led to the park. After turning off I-15, I wondered who would be the first to get car sick – the road was up and down and all-over-curvy… totally eratic. Then all of the sudden, we dropped down into a shallow canyon at the end of which was the entrance to the Valley of Fire State Park. Since it is a state park instead of a national park, we had to pay a $10 entrance fee. They gave us a window sticker and a map of the park (which was very helpful for deciding where to go in the park).
The colorful, interesting rock formations started just inside the boundary to the park…