Sunday, August 30, 2009

Breath of Fresh Air *edited with Pics*

We have lived here in Las Vegas for one year. ONE YEAR!

So, to celebrate our anniversary of a life of heat and desolation, we headed 17 miles from our house to beautiful Mt. Charleston, a literal oasis in heart of the desert.

And my oh my, it lived up to my expectations. Saturday was to be 110 degrees and "excessive heat" warnings lit up the weather report.

To escape we headed to 6000 feet above sea level and breathed the fresh mountain air. 81 degrees.

If you're bad at math, like me, I'll spare you the calculator and tell you it was 29 degrees cooler there than it was 17 miles east and 2 miles south at my house.


We hiked.

We hiked through ancient, indigenous trees, and wild flowers. It was euphoria on a mountain. The children loved it. Both walked well over a mile before Spencer declared he could walk no further. Henry was a trooper. Oliver looked around happily from the ties of my Moby wrap, until the gentle swaying lulled him to sleep.

And as we walked, Derek and I discussed if we move to Mt. Charleston, (for I have decided that I must if we are to stay in Las Vegas) would we live in a log cabin? Would we have horses? Dogs were a must. Would I take doula clients if we lived so much further out? What about when it snowed? (Because, it snows there. It's a SKI resort.) We found our dream house, with a yard, a garden and a view. Only $434,000. The economy doesn't seem to touch that fancy mountain town.

We held hands with the boys and pointed out giant logs, huge bugs and all the fellow hikers' puppy dogs.

I could feel the clean cool air refreshing me, cleansing my system and my soul. I kept saying, "It's just so beautiful!"

I'm a girl from the land of trees. The barren desert landscape and heat sap my energy on a daily basis. Trees feed my spirit. So, hiking through the woods (we *almost* made it to the waterfall before we had to turn around) literally nurished me as I plunked along.

Joy. I have always loved the idea that mountains are closer to God and are akin to temples. I could feel the sanctity of the mountain as we walked. And I prayed that God doesn't decide that we need to wander the desert for 40 years. The boys didn't squabble, and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.

When the sun started sinking beneath the mountain walls, we headed back toward reality. Sighing as we dropped down in elevation, the heat started building on the windows of the car and we squinted in the sun.

But, we're going back next week.

Edit: We didn't get many pics. I didn't have the card in the camera, and the internal memory was nearly full. Here the two that are worth looking at:
From August 2009

From August 2009


The Wolford Family said...

Who cares about money MOVE THERE!!! I have some horses for you already!!!!

Carolyn said...

Well you should have taken a picture to show us all this piece of heaven! :) It sounds wonderful

Anna said...

seriously where are the pictures. It sounds beautiful.

Alice said...

I want to go there next week. Let's do it! I think your parents are planning to come as well. It will be a blast. I am so excited to see you guys again and to hang out. People always ask me why I go to Vegas. Believe me, it has nothing to do with the strip and everything to do with cool people! I hope it is not as hot but I bet it will be. I just had surgery; I am tough and can take anything, right?

Ken and Jen said...

Wow, it sounds gorgeous. If this place magically ends squabbling between siblings, I will be there soon! ;o)

Alisa and Jared said...


I COMPLETELY understand the need to get in the mountains (and cool air) and step away from the craziness. How refreshing to breathe FRESH air!

BloggingBills said...

We can't wait to get there too. YOur dad just spent an hour looking at hiking trails in the area.

We will see you in a couple of days.

BTW: one of the houses that rents out for a weekend is a huge dome. Only $4000 per month if you want to move there and rent it.

Of course it sleeps 30 so we could ALL move there!


Mollie Sekikawa said...

We were there the same day! Which trail did you take? I didn't know there was a waterfall...


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