We drove out to the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, it is a large refuge north of Vegas. They are building a big beautiful visitor center which seems a bit much for a refuge with just a few short trails and the all roads in the refuge are for high clearance vehicles only even the road into the refuge is a rough gravel road. I think building better roads would be better than a fancy visitor center.
Another park that is very popular is the Red Rock Conservation Area just outside Summerlin, NV, we took the drive and stopped and walked the boardwalk where we did see a Hermit Thrush much to our surprise.
Before we moved down to Las Vegas we visited the Valley of Fire State Park which is between Mesquite and Vegas.
We did visit the strip Tuesday, Sam's Town has a free shuttle bus to the Strip and to Freemont St. so we took it down. We decided to see a couple of places we hadn't been before Circus Circus and the Mirage. It was a long walk to Circus Circus and back to the Mirage! We watched the free circus act and bought a ticket to see Mirage's Secret Garden with the beautiful white tigers and Dolphin pools. We didn't put a penny in a machine and we ate at Subway. Big spenders we aren't!!
I have cousins that live here and we called and had lunch with them, it was nice to see them it has been a few years.
We also like to visit the cactus garden at Ethel M Candies, they were decorating it for Christmas but we enjoyed it and saw a couple of birds. We of course went in and watched them make the candy and had a couple of free samples also had some ice cream. The candy factory was started by the Mars family, yes the very same who make M&M's, etc but the father wanted to create gourmet chocolates the
Maybe tomorrow I'll get some laundry done before we head down to Lake Havasu City, AZ.