We decided to go up to Mount Charleston. It is the highest mountain near Las Vegas but we were only able to drive to just over 8,000 feet.
For lunch we stopped at the Mt Charleston Lodge, it was great with fantastic views of the mountains.
Mount Charleston peak is 11,916 ft
Griffith Peak is 11,060 feet.
Cockscomb Ridge 9,600 feet
Our first stop was a meadow. We hoped to see some of the wild horses or donkeys that live in the park. We could see plenty of evidence they had been there recently.
On our next stop, this little guy was having lunch near the parking lot.
The view down into the valley was not easy to capture on the camera.
The next stop we walked a short way to a desert overlook.
One surprise was the notation on a sign that showed us the location of Jackass Flats which was one of the places that Pappy (Tommy) worked.
This area on the map shows where the nuclear testing was done.
The temperature difference from where we started the day and the mountains was dramatic. We started in t-shirts and a possible high of 80 and on the mountain we were in flannel and windbreakers with a brisk wind and temperatures below 60 in the shade.
Time for lunch at the lodge where we had a great view of the mountains.
We are a couple who have started on a new adventure...