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“Lost” in the dessert


Thought a hike would be in order before it got too hot here in Vegas, so elected to do the Potato Knoll hike in Red Rock Canyon. Just under 5 miles, very little elevation to worry about. Off we went, but did add water before we left… and a good thing, too.

Turns out there are many side trails, and most are not marked. You guessed it, we followed the wrong trail. We realized that we were unsure where we were, and where we were going. But we knew the general direction of the parking lot. After a lot of trial and error, we cut cross country, where we thought the parking lot was located. At last, we could see the parking lot from a rise. Excellent, so we headed for it. Wrong parking lot, Oh well, at least we were on the road and another 1/2 mile walk brought us back to our car.

We never were in real danger, we had water and emergency supplies, and cell phone coverage, although spotty,ensured we could always have a way out. In the end, we enjoyd our somewhat linger hike.

From the parking lot.  Potato Knoll far ahead

From the parking lot. Potato Knoll far ahead

At first, trail is easy to follow

At first, trail is easy to follow

Then it becomes more hard to find

Then it becomes more hard to find

But the cactii were beginning to bloom

But the cactii were beginning to bloom

OK, we're behind the knoll, which way?

OK, we’re behind the knoll, which way?

Maybe this way?

Maybe this way?

Or thgis?

Or thgis?

Beautiful desert surroundings, thougn

Beautiful desert surroundings, thougn

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  1. Linda Romeike
    May 14, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    I would not have relaxed enough to photograph stuff — I would not have been a happy camper. You are two tough cookies!!

  2. Linda Creagh
    May 14, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Oh, John, I can scarcely believe you guys took off cross country even with water! Didn’t mama tell you better?

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