While we were staying in Santa Fe New Mexico, our gracious host took us out hiking to an amazing place called Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.
We’ve seen some great places, and some less interesting places, but it’s the people who are making the journey interesting. So many different people, the quirky artist in Las Vegas, the kind artist airbnb host in Santa Fe who had dinner waiting for us when we arrived after a long drive from Sedona. She also took us to the beautiful Tent Rocks for hiking, and to a concert on New Year’s Eve.
The amazing Tent Rocks
I’m sorry, I really don’t want to diss Las Vegas, but I’m going to have to. Disappointing, disconcerting, dismaying. About 15 years ago, we had stopped in Las Vegas for one night, on our way home from a wonderful motorcycle trip to the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion parks. We saw a show, walked the strip, and decided “been there, done that, no need to come back.” For various reasons, we needed to stay in Las Vegas for 2 weeks on this journey, and we had been looking forward to the glitz, to people watching, to trying new restaurants. We tried, we really did.
About 30 minutes’ drive to the west of the 24 hour casinos, all you can eat buffets, and somewhat glazed-eyed people of Las Vegas, is the beautiful state park of Red Rock Canyon. The open country, big skies, and incredible rock formations are a refreshing change from the city.