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Briefly Las Vegas

Thursday, April 14th, 2016 in Nevada
Briefly Las Vegas

I’m on a flight from Denver to Las Vegas, looking out the window and trying to read the terrain below. I’m hoping to spot Zion National Park, which the pilot announced we’re currently flying over. It takes me a while to find it but eventually my eye comes to rest on the dramatic colors and deep canyons of the iconic park. Although Zion is my ultimate destination, I am on my way to McCarran International Airport where I’ll meet Phil who has been in Las Vegas for a long, dull week attending a business conference. Our plan is to rent a car and drive to La Verkin, a sleepy town in southwest Utah about a twenty-minute drive from Zion National Park. We drive northeast out of Las Vegas on Interstate 15. Not far out of the city we pass through the Moapa River Reservation.

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Snow At Elevation
Snow At Elevation
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Calypso Cascades
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