Las Vegas, National Parks Tours

I had a great time over the Christmas period, well, mainly.  I went to Las Vegas so that I could use it as a base for national parks tours.  I found Vegas pretentious, I must say, and was not very impressed.  My young relative who visited over the summer would have loved it, I know.  I spent most of the evenings in my room when I was in the city and I quite enjoyed it.  I gambled once in Durban years ago and did not enjoy it, so I spared myself the agony of doing it again.

On my second day in Vegas I went on a tour of Zion and Bryce Parks in Utah.  It would have been better to do this on my own as we only stopped to get photos, especially Zion where there is a hiking trail.

The Great Arch in Zion National Park


Bryce Canyon – the hoodoos were interesting


Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona.  I really liked walking through this canyon and seeing the different formations.  This was my second best activity.  Only Native Americans are tour guides at Antelope Canyon.  I did not realize how much I can manipulate my camera phone to take more interesting photos like the one below.  My normal setting is boring as shown in the other photos that are just brown.


Horse Bend Shoe, AZ, a very interesting natural formation.  Some younger people sat right at the edge of cliff to pose for photos.  Wouldn’t they just fall in if they as much as sneezed?


Lake Powell, AZ.  I could have saved my little fee – there was not much to see.  The lighter color shows the highest level of water ever in the lake.


Hoover Dam.  I know I shouldn’t have compared, but human nature took over and I found it quite small compared to Kariba Dam.


Hot air balloon ride – this has been on my bucket list for 12 years!  The feeling of tranquility and calmness was something I did not expect, but welcomed.  All my problems, real and imagined, remained on the ground and I think I picked them up when I landed.  I really enjoyed it and glad I took it. This made me decide to be going for at least one ride per year.  We saw the Red Rock Canyon in the distance.   That is the shadow of ‘my’ balloon on the mountainside – I like the heart shape.

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Grand Canyon – I was not wowed, mainly because I found the Antelope Canyon which I had seen earlier, more beautiful.  Antelope also had more ‘character’, not sure how I can describe this.  Grand Canyon is just a big ditch in the ground [geologists may not agree with me, I know :)]


One think I  could not do was tandem jumping because of a health issue I have been battling.  I will do that when I fully recover.

All in all, my trip was neither bad nor good.  It was just OK, because I had expected more from both the city and the Grand Canyon.  I had heard so much about them.  However, I realize that people have different tastes and that makes the world go round.

Happy New Year, all.





14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mags
    Jan 14, 2019 @ 19:49:18

    Thank you for sharing these great photos. There is beauty in nature all over the world. You captured some of it well.


  2. tanjabrittonwriter
    Jan 11, 2019 @ 01:17:11

    I hope your year will be filled with good health and happiness.


  3. Tiny
    Jan 10, 2019 @ 17:49:58

    Thanks for this post, ZL! I will do exactly the same kind of trip at the end of March. I would also compare the Hoover Dam to the Kariba Dam, I’m sure 🙂


  4. anotherday2paradise
    Jan 08, 2019 @ 03:15:26

    You got some great photos. 😍I love the shadow one from the hot air balloon. We’ve also stayed in Vegas and not gambled we all. The hotel was really smart and not expensive , as I guess they thought we were going to lose big at the casino. 😅


  5. Jill Weatherholt
    Jan 08, 2019 @ 01:33:44

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos! I’m not a fan of casinos. I think they’re depressing. Love the hot air ballon shot! Happy New Year.


  6. Lori
    Jan 08, 2019 @ 01:22:33

    Such wonderful photos. Love the one in the canyon and the balloon shadow. I’ve always wanted to try a hot air balloon. How exciting that you got to ride in one.

    We went to Vegas for our 10 year wedding anniversary and renewed our vows. Right after the church I got the stomach flu and spent most of the time in the room getting sick. I did get out one day and we drove through Red Rock Canyon, saw Hoover Dam and the strip. I was glad that I got to see the area first hand, but don’t have a desire to return.

    Just from your photos, it seems to me you had an adventure, even it was just okay.


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