28 January 2008

The Waterfall In The Desert

It's been raining here for a few days in a way that I haven't seen in a long time. Usually, it rains, it floods, the sun comes out. And that usually takes less than an hour. But this week it's been gloomy. The rain has fallen off an on but I haven't heard of any flooding. Add to that, it's been chilly. Gloom, plus rain, plus a chill in the air equals a perfect reason to go outside.

Jesse and I had planned to go up to Mount Charleston yesterday. But instead chose to go to Red Rock Canyon. It's closer and we have a season pass. It's one scenic loop with dozens of possibilities for climbing and hiking. And on Sunday, we went in search of waterfall. What we found, was fog.

The fog was thick enough to hide bright red rock formations, and we could only see what was immediately around us. As we got higher we left the fog behind, and discovered clouds and hits of sunshine.

We drove to Lost Creek Trail and started our little hike. It wasn't difficult but there are spots where the creek crosses the trail. And where we had to hop across on rocks. Jesse described it like being in The Goonies.

It didn't take long for us to find the waterfall, and explore everything around it. In one area, there was sand, snow, and ice. It was really refreshing. I expect we're less than a month away from hot weather. So we're going to have to do a lot more winter exploring over the next few weeks. I've posted a link to pictures from our hike on the right side of your screen. Enjoy.

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