Thursday, April 8, 2010

Grapevine Canyon

Laughlin is not made up of just casinos. (And it's a good thing the way our luck runs!) We took a short ride about 7 miles northwest of the campground to Grapevine Canyon. The directions said that we were to look for a gravel road off of the main highway. Sure enough, there it was! It's called Christmas Tree Pass. We turned onto the gravel road, questioning our sanity, but there WAS a sign stating that Grapevine Canyon was that way!

Road to Grapevine Canyon

Jim drove about 25 mph so as not to stir up a lot of dust. We only saw a couple of cars in about 3 miles! We turned left into the parking lot and saw one other car there.

Grapevine Canyon is a natural gorge located on the side of Spirit Mountain (also known as Newberry Peak).

Spirit Mountain

I grabbed my camera, water and walking stick and followed Jim down the path. I wasn't sure how far we had to walk, but I was hoping it wasn't too far. It was a beautiful day, and there was a light breeze so the sun didn't feel too hot.

I smelled something sweet and I think it was coming from the yellow sunflowers.

There were also some of these.

Petroglyphs are found all over the sides of the canyon.

We came across two small waterfalls, only about a foot or so tall. They created a stream of water that lead out to the wash and finally just dried up. I was fascinated by the pattern that the ripples made in the water over some of the rocks.

The surrounding scenery was stunning.

It was nice to get out and stretch our legs AND smell some fresh air.


Brian Miller said...

gorgeous shots...have a wonderful weeked pat!

misslynda said...

It is stunning and beautiful but for me who is used to looking at mountains, it feels desolate. It is amazing what a diverse world God has created for us to enjoy. Can you imagine if every place looked the same?

Rae said...

It is amazing. I am so used to Midwest flat land that it would an awesome place to see.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

That was woth the hike. Absolutely beautiful.

f8hasit said...

Pat...seeing all your photos makes me want to sell my house and buy a Winnebago. LOVE it!

otin said...

I envy the way that you can just explore the country. Maybe some day I can do something like that.

Anonymous said...

How beauiful, your life is so amazing.

the flowers, and rock drawings, amazing

have a wonderful friday friend;)

EG Wow said...

Wow!What a great place to visit when the desert is in flower. And I bet the air was indeed fresh!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Gorgeous shots and this is another spot we've missed...gotta' come back! Love the petroglyphs...are they just out in the open -- not fenced or anything?

Loving it here but at the same time envying you being on the road ! (I want it ALL ;>)

Gail said...

You do know how lucky you are, right?

I would give my hubby's left nut to see this in person...beautiful.

Allen said...

I thought I was going to see grapevines. lol The canyon is so pretty and I was not expecting to see a stream in a desert.

the petroglyphs are really cool.

SquirrelQueen said...

The scenery is gorgeous, what a wonderful place for a hike. I love seeing the petroglyphs, very cool.