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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Valley of Fire SP Arrival


We traveled into Vegas on Sunday April 3rd, approaching from the southwest. Vegas has quite a different look depending on your approach direction. There was a constant stream of vehicles heading back to L.A. on I-15. No accidents to note, but I am sure there were plenty of hangovers and lighter pocketbooks.

We stopped at the Omelet House which is just off I-15 on the northern side of town and on the way to a Wal-Mart. Good place to eat with at least 40 different kinds of omelets. It was packed with locals. A Costco was nearby, but was closed, which was a bummer since we needed fuel.

After re-supplying we headed for Valley of Fire SP which is northeast of town, passing Nellis AFB and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Just so happens my Dad was stationed here in the early 50s, when the only casino around as the original Sands. He wishes he would have bought some land on the cheap (me too!). I am a fan of drag racing and there was a sanctioned National Hot Road Association (NHRA) race occurring as we passed the "The Strip", which is a portion of the speedway. You could see the burnout tire smoke from the interstate.

This is our camping spot at the Arch campground. There is a daily $10 entry fee plus a $10 camping fee for no hookups. Water is available at most sites. By this time, I had the satellite up and was watching the drag racing live on ESPN. Pretty Cool…


A strange rock formation near our campsite. Looks like something cut it with a knife.

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