Saturday, November 18, 2017

Hiking Spring Mountain Ranch-Las Vegas NV







It's a gorgeous early November day with a nice cool breeze and a gentle afternoon sun, exploring the sites around Las Vegas NV. My adventures took me out to Spring Mountain Ranch, which is located in the Red Rock Canyon area west of Las Vegas. The ranch had several famous owners, one was Howard Hughes and a German actress,Vera Krugg. Some of you may recall the infamous Krugg Diamond Caper back in the 50's. The Krugg diamond was a 33.6 carat diamond ring that made headlines in the day and the story goes that it was recovered shortly thereafter in NJ. The diamond ring was later auctioned off to Richard Burton for his wife Elizabeth Taylor. In 1974 the state of Nevada made it into a State Park. Spring Mountain Ranch is perfect for hiking, no matter your skill level, picnicking or just sitting under a shady tree taking in the beautiful Nevada scenery. So if your looking for a little bit of adventure, exercise, fresh air and incredible mountain scenery, you will not be disappointed. Best part, from there you can head down the road and explore Red Rock Canyon or Bonnie Springs. This part of town has truly become my favorite place to explore!
 


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Hill Country Cattle Ranch Outside Bellville TX






Driving along miles of dusty gravel Texas back roads, we finally arrived at the gate of the private 200 acre Lake House in Bellville . The Buffalo came to greet us, their immense stature was very intimidating as they approached our 4 Runner. Thankfully they moved along disinterested after realizing we were not the cowboys that came to feed them. Opened the heavy barred gate and drove over the cattle grates down a long pitted gravel road, marked by regular use of heavy hoofed buffalo and Long Horn cattle. Finally, past an opening in the trees and there it was a quaint 1850's German cottage. Surrounded by lush green rolling hills and a 13 acre lake. Across the road was another fenced pasture with Long Horn cattle and calves grazing peacefully. The calves were playfully jumping and skipping, such a joyous sight to see.  The sky was so blue in contrast of the deep green grass waving in the wind on the hills. Big white fluffy clouds and a peak of blooming bluebonnets dotted the landscape. The following morning was truly delightful, so quiet all you could hear were birds chirping and cows mooing. Sitting on the back porch swing with a hot steaming cup of coffee overlooking the scenic Hill Country of Texas. Yeehaw!