I live in Henderson, NV in a section called Green Valley. My neighborhood has been voted the country’s second safest city, greenest city, city with most parks, best city for walkers (of the non-Walking Dead variety), and blah blah blah by several different magazines and organizations. I like being up away from all the neon and debauchery – I’d rather look at it from afar than be in the middle of it nowadays. Flavor Flav agrees with me. He lives here, too.
I’ve taken a lot of walks since the baby was born. Sometimes I’ll walk several times a week – always taking the same paths or routes that I’m accustomed to. The other day I came out of my community and, on a whim, walked in a different direction just to see what I could see.
Spring has sprung in the Las Vegas Valley. In fact, this week with temperatures between 80 and 90 degrees, it feels like we’ve skipped Spring all together. Pool season has arrived.
Desert trees, sunlight, and a view of the valley in the background.
I feel incredibly lucky to be able to have unobstructed views of the valley. With never-ending construction and builders trying to fill up every single inch of available space, views like this will no longer be the norm. Had I been an hour later on my walk, I would have captured a gorgeous sunset – one of my favorite things about living in the desert.
Walking home. I live in an area filled with walking/running paths. This section is in a dirt lot and is still under construction – the real path begins in the bank of trees just ahead. One day this area will probably be a strip mall.
The Catholic church around the corner from my home. On quiet mornings I can hear the bells ringing in my living room.
They are building a park across the street. In the distance is the Las Vegas Strip. Not everything that happens in the valley happens there.
Beautiful, ugly, noisy, quiet, bustling, dead still – everything and nothing contained in a circle of mountains – this city is the yin and the yang.
On any given day, so is my little corner of it. Most people will say they love it and hate it here. I tend to agree.
Have you walked outside your door one day in a different direction than normal? Did you find something interesting?
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