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Jim Dockery
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PostWed Apr 08, 2009 11:47 am 
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My wife and I flew into Vegas for a couple days of casino hiking on the strip (our first time). I found the eye candy fascinating and had fun taking pictures.
Chihuly Ceiling
Chihuly Ceiling
Tao Flowers
Tao Flowers
Human Statue
Human Statue
Belagio Fountain
Belagio Fountain
Harrah's
Harrah's

In the end though the place/people are rather sad and fake.
Vegas Sunrise
Vegas Sunrise

We needed a nature hit so we spent a day at Red Rocks hiking up to Juniper Canyon.
Red Rocks from the air
Red Rocks from the air
Red Rocks
Red Rocks

The drive to Zion is incredibly easy after you get out of the construction around Vegas. We stayed in Springdale, about 5 minutes drive from the park. I got up the first morning to catch sunrise at The Court of the Patriarchs.

We did Angel's landing as our first hike and it was fantastic. This was my wife's first visit and she was amazed by the incredible trail blasted to the top. It was fun for me to get a thrill looking over the edge at the side of Moonlight Buttress, which I climbed back in the early 80s.
Side view of Moonlight Buttress
Side view of Moonlight Buttress
Final Ridge to Angel's Landing
Final Ridge to Angel's Landing
Descending Angel's Landing
Descending Angel's Landing

A mix of easy hikes the next day finished off the good weather. The next day was a mix of rain, snow up high, and chilly winds. We spent most of the day car hiking - stopping at pull-outs for me to take telephoto shots through the window. Not much actual hiking, but perhaps the best pictures of the trip.

I grabbed a few last shots of snow dusted on the peaks our last morning, then drove back to Vegas for one last casino viewing before we flew home.
Rainier from the air
Rainier from the air

This was one of our best trips, a nice contrast of extreme urban and beautiful nature.
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PostWed Apr 08, 2009 12:05 pm 
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Fantastic stuff Jim!  I love the perspective shot from Angel's Landing.  I'd love to do that hike again one day, all we had when we did it many years ago was an underwater disposable camera...its a long story.   lol.gif

You can't go wrong with anywhere in Zion, there is so much to see and photograph.  Feel free to post more eye candy.

I love the palm trees and sunrise reflected in the window, you have such a great eye.  I'm at work and can't access flickr (I only see thumbnails), so I can't wait to get home and look at these full size.
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PostWed Apr 08, 2009 12:13 pm 
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Never thought I'd say something like this, especially when the subject of Zion was present, but out of all those shots, fountain one is by far the coolest. up.gif

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PostWed Apr 08, 2009 3:03 pm 
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Casino Hiking.. love it, and the sunrise vegas one was my fav! I always look forward to your photography.
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PostWed Apr 08, 2009 3:09 pm 
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all your vegas photos are wonderful!  love the tao flowers & belagio fountain. up.gif  up.gif

i've been to angel's landing twice.  can't get enough of the place!  did you have bumbleberry pie in springfield?  delicious hungry.gif

what a fun and quick getaway!

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PostWed Apr 08, 2009 5:12 pm 
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You know, I was just about to ask you to post a trip report, instead of  teasing us with the 'meager' pics in the Picture of the Day thread. smile.gif

Fantastic photos; nice variety. The fountain shot is mega-cool!

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PostWed Apr 08, 2009 6:23 pm 
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We were just there the week before.

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PostThu Apr 09, 2009 10:27 am 
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Nice!  I'm heading to Vegas mid-may.  Any suggestions for day hikes near the city?
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PostThu Apr 09, 2009 1:14 pm 
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For day hikes near Vegas drive W. out Charleston Ave about 20 min. which takes you to Red Rocks. There is a visitor center with good info on hikes. We wished we had time to wander around the many paths through the Calico Hills, but it was very crowded when we drove by so we choose to continue over to Juniper Canyon for more peace and quiet (needed after a couple days downtown). Have fun.

Here is another fountain shot since people seemed to like em. I wonder how much water they waste in this place during the summer?
Belagio Fountain
Belagio Fountain
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PostThu Apr 09, 2009 1:29 pm 
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We will be in Vegas next week with a relative so were planning to do a scenic drive one day.  From what I've read Valley of Fire is more scenic than Red Rocks.  Not sure about hiking ops but something else to consider when in Vegas.  BTW, great shots Jim. up.gif

Vegas to Red Rock Canyon (< 1 hour)
Vegas to Valley of Fire (1+ hour)
Vegas to Death Valley (3 hours)
Vegas to Zion (3 hours)
Vegas to Grand Canyon (5 hours)
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PostThu Apr 09, 2009 1:44 pm 
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Coffee table centerfold!

Canyon porn.        wink.gif



Hey, Jim, this would make an interesting addition
to the "Moving water photography, art versus
realism" thread.           agree.gif

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PostThu Apr 09, 2009 3:37 pm 
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Vegas... can't stand that place. Zion  up.gif  up.gif
How long was the drive?
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PostThu Apr 09, 2009 3:51 pm 
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Valley of Fire has some nice short hikes.
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PostThu Apr 09, 2009 8:50 pm 
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Zion is one of the most beautiful places I have visited.
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PostSat Apr 11, 2009 6:08 am 
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thanks for sharing Jim!!! Great shots!

Tom  drive zion!  up.gif  agree.gif
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