Finally got around to uploading my road trip pics. Here are the first batch from Day 1 of my adventure, starting out from Las Vegas June 3. I headed north on I-15 and took a detour through State Route 169 to visit the Valley of Fire State Park and check out the edge of Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the lake formed by the Hoover Dam. I managed to make it to Overton Beach and thought I would go for a swim, but the water was low from drought, muddy and too close to the boats that were docked at the Marina. Oh well.
Unfortunately this one came out at half resolution, but it's a picture of people having their picture taken in front of the famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign at the end of the Las Vegas strip. The hotel in the background is Mandalay Bay.
A mountain view approaching Valley of Fire State Park
The rock formation here is apparently called a beehive.
One of the rock formations approaching Atlatl Rock.
Atlatl Rock. Apparently it was too hot for me to get out of the car to take a better picture. On second thought, I think Atlatl Rock itself was too big to fit in my camera. This may be another one of the rock formations off to the side.
Interesting rocky crest on the roadway with a historical marker talking about the effort to build the Overton-Las Vegas highway (see this may look ordinary but there's nothing like this in Virginia – that's in the end what makes us tourists, I suppose, taking pictures of ordinary things).
A single petrified log. The first I saw, but not the last. One of my last stops will be in Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona.
This was the best picture I could get of the Seven Sisters rock formation. There were some amazing sweeping views from this point, but my camera has no zoom, and it's not panoramic, so I decided to stick to what I could see close up.
And of course, how I could forget, the beautiful Wynn Las Vegas. Simply stunning. I had better pictures but accidentally erased them. This was taken from the car while I was sitting in strip traffic.