Is it possible to have too much camping surrounded by red rocks with bright blue skies overhead? A resounding NO!Perhaps our Michigan white-sand backgrounds are coming back to bite us, but we are entranced with solitary off-the-grid camping in the desert Southwest. After leaving Las Vegas, we headed to Valley of Fire SP, about 50 miles north for a few days of quiet camping. Due to a nearby NASCAR event, we found the campground fairly crowded, but managed to find a spectacular, secluded site in the primitive area (no electric, pit toilets, bring in your own water). Right up our alley. What better place to deploy our new 120W solar system (you can see it in the photo). It kept pace with our power needs for three days.
The best red rock formations earned their own Campshaw nicknames.
The scrub Nevada desert was beginning to bloom. Tiny flowers everywhere. Bare windswept rocks, some with mysterious stones piles atop.But, the best of all was the desert tortoise we came across, carrying a grass snack to an unknown destination. He resolutely passed me, and headed off to his home somewhere in the desert. Never thought I would see one of these endangered tortoises, and feel incredibly lucky to have been in the right place in the right time.
The best things in Nevada aren’t all about casinos and money.