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Monday, September 07, 2009

Weekend Update

A nice long weekend it was, indeed. :)

On Friday I was off so I hung out at home... played some Mario Kart, did some farming on Farm Town and managed to get laundry 'n stuff done at the same time. It was just a nice chill day, and I got to drop off and pick up Madison from school (bonus).

Saturday Madison and I just continued the hang-out vibe and played some games after we played at the park and ran some errands. She was scheduled to have swim class, but they canceled for the holiday weekend - forgetting, however, to let some parents know. There were a few of us waiting for them to open. Oh well, thankfully it's not far from home.

Yesterday my Dad came over to hang out for a few hours... we BBQ'd and played some games. Madison whooped our butts at Memory.

This morning Madison and I went on a hike. This time I wanted something different from Mt. Charleston, and I'd come across a hike at Corn Creek that I didn't know was there before. Turns out there's a National Wildlife Range out there - there's a trail around a creek that flows through the area. Let me give you a view:

This is near the beginning of the trail.... there's a lot of green at this little desert oasis:


The best part of the hike was getting to see an owl hanging out in a tree. The lady from the visitor center pointed him out to us, and said they believe it is the same owl that visited last year. Apparently this range is a popular waterhole for migrating birds, year-round. He's very close to the center of the photo, you can see his eyes:

This would be Corn Creek, I assume... the creek itself was pretty impressive (water appears in the strangest places 'round these parts). We got to see some rabbits, dragonflies, frogs, and we got to see a roadrunner as well!

There were also some beautiful flowers:


I've lived in Las Vegas for over 27 years and had no idea this was here... and under 20 miles from where I call home! The hike itself wasn't long, in fact we did the trail twice and circled around some areas of interest, but it's definitely a great find in the middle of the desert. For other photos visit my Flickr page.

How was your weekend, Internet?

3 comments:

BeckEye said...

Ah, the long weekend was so nice, wasn't it? Now it's back to the grind. :(

JoeinVegas said...

More walks - I'm going to have to try some of these

Vegas Princess said...

We did Corn Creek in May and I loved it! A wonderful oasis in the middle of the desert. ONly bad part? The excruciating drive down the gravel road to get there.