Taking a Right Turn
[here i am in a little water soaked cave midway to the colorado river]
Sometimes you just need to get away from it all.
Legendary Marquette University basketball coach Al McGuire used to talk about his drive to the university each day. He talked about coming to a tee in the road where he could turn either left and head into the city, or right, and head out to the country.
The city held all the hustle and bustle, energy, noise, and electricity of thousands of people recognizing the famous coach. The country was where he could be alone in the quiet of the Wisconsin day, unknown in appearance to all but a few.
Usually he said, he took the left turn and headed into Milwaukee. But every so often, to keep his sanity, and reconnect with who he was, he turned right and headed straight for the quiet roads of the more rural areas of Wisconsin.
A couple of days ago, I did just that. No, I didn't go to Wisconsin, but I went hiking here in Las Vegas with my son. Far from the Strip, away from all the glitzy lights of the city, are places where you can walk and see nature as it has been shaped by thousands of years of evolution.
We headed out to Goldstrike Canyon, and took the three mile trail all the way to the Colorado River. My blogging friend Tim favors skiing, but for me, a chance to hike, in the warmth of the sun and scrmble over some incredible boulders is an incredible get away.
It is my right turn away from the city. Enjoy the pictures.
[here we are about half way down to the river]
[amazing how little water a cactus needs to flourish]
[the payoff is in sight, el rio colorado]