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Issue #021, April 22, 2014—R is for Red Rock Canyon
April 22, 2014
Dear VIP (Very Important Adventuress)

R is for Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon, just a few miles outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, provides a healthy respite from all that drinking and gambling and stuff visitors do in Las Vegas.

A short time after I moved to Las Vegas in 1973, a (male) co-worker in the advertising agency where I was a graphic designer took me to lunch and then drove me out to Red Rock Canyon, where he took it upon himself to kiss me.

But that’s another story….

What began for me was not a love affair with him, but a love affair with Red Rock Canyon.

The desert seems to go on forever, and then all of a sudden these huge rocks stick up, stratas layered in colors of rust, red, gold, and brown. Something to do with geology, a subject of a high school science class in which I didn’t pay a lot of attention.

But I know this place is a vast geological wonder with a 400-million-year-old history. You can learn all about the geology, plus the plants and animals that inhabit the area at the Red Rock Visitors’ Center.

There are tours that can take you on extreme climbing-type hikes, and for the rest of us, there are easy, well-maintained trails that wind through towering peaks and mountains of rock.

If you don’t want to hike (it IS a lot of work), you can do a “drive-by” on their Scenic Loop.

Which is probably what two girl friends of mine, Linda and Joan (names changed to protect their reputations as sensible women), should have done.

To read the rest of the story, learn what happened to Linda and Joan, and see my photos of Red Rock Canyon, CLICK HERE

Tomorrow’s AtoZ Challenge: For the letter S, I’ll show you Shangri-La, the Moorish home built by heiress Doris Duke on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

—Carolyn V. Hamilton, Editor and Chief Adventuress

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