Forecasts predict winds gusting up to 70 mph in Vegas tomorrow. We move just an hour or so east of Vegas to Valley of Fire State Park. I hope that the campground nestled among the red rocks at this park will be protected from the fierce winds. It is not. Instead the valley seems to funnel the winds toward our RV battering it all night long. As I lay there jumping at every crash, staring wide eyed out my window I half expect to see Dorothy and Toto sail by in the too dark night.
A Scenic Ride-Along
Jim, Storm and I brave the stiff breezes to enjoy the park for one of our days here. We even attempt a few short hikes. The video below shows a dash cam view of Jim chauffeuring us along Mouse’s Tank Road along with some footage from our White Dome hike. I sped the ride up a bit to cut down on upload time. Please do not try driving like this at home!
Little Finland - not a Swiss Town in Nevada
While in the area, Storm and I take the Jeep off-road to visit Little Finland. I expect to happen upon a precious little Alpine village in the middle of Nevada. Instead, we arrive at a remote trailhead. From there I get to hike in an outcropping of unusual red rocks located deep within the enormous Gold Butte National Monument.
Sadly, Jim returns home from Valley of Fire. No, his RV does not suffer wind damage. But his mysterious electrical problems resurface forcing him to return his ailing motorhome to the dealer. We will miss his company and guidance as we continue to explore western Utah and Arizona.
A Picture or Twenty of this Gorgeous Area
If you love taking photos and obviously I do, Valley of Fire is the perfect spot to play. Sorry to overwhelm you with shots, but this park just brims with picturesque vistas.