Las Vegas has a rich history and geography that includes Indians, early pioneers, snowcapped mountains, mining, railroads, ranching, spectacular rock formations, mining, gambling, mobsters, nuclear testing, mining, wild horses, rivers, lakes, and last but not least, mining. Mining for silver and gold, that is.
Ever since construction workers moved to Las Vegas, it just hasn't stopped growing. Now there are plenty of adventures available right in town -- even if you aren't yet 21 years old. However, the miniquests dealt with here have to do with adventures in the surrounding wilderness.
Looking at a map of the area surrounding Las Vegas reveals place names such as Deadman Canyon, Green Monster Mine, Opal Field, Fossil Ridge, Robber's Cave, Fort Pahute, and Gold Butte. How can anyone resist exploring these sites?
In addition to sight seeing around Las Vegas, there is the opportunity to explore old mining claims, ghost towns, and even participate in a bit of gold panning.
A few of these adventures have been documented here in the hopes that you may find them amusing.
The Nevada State Museum in Las Vegas is located at the Springs Preserve state park. The museum is themed on general history so exhibits range from ancient geology to modern Las Vegas show biz. This Nevada State Museum is fairly new as far a museums go so I thought it was time to check it out and write up a little review of my experience there.
There is a place near Las Vegas that is rumored to have many petroglyphs. What was life like before recorded history? With petroglyphs, if we can interpret them, we may find out. Heck, petroglyphs are a form of recorded history. So begins the story of what we like to call "The Day of the Petroglyph".
There is a ghost town called Delamar, north of Nevada that is largely intact. There are buildings, mines, and paraphernalia are still present. Since a few of our group had visited Delamar before, we planned our trip to pass through a valley and along roads that none of us had traveled before. It would be an exploration adventure for all of us.
A group of adventurers decided to explore the area south of Red Rock canyon. The goal was to see some wild horse herds (reported to be in the area), test out out GPSs, and to give the 4-wheel drive vehicles a little workout. One of our party is an old hand at off-roading and was going to give us a few pointers.
On July 5th, 1998 a group of paraglider pilots set forth to fly from Marshall Peak in San Bernadino county. Marshall is legendary for providing good thermal flying. This was to be the first trip to Marshall for three of the pilots and they were looking forward to an adventure. They weren't disappointed.