Sunday, October 18, 2015

Red Bull Air Race

Today we headed out to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to watch the Red Bull Air Race.
 From our seats, we could see the aircraft enter the raceway and run the course.  They were not only trying to be the fastest, but they also wanted to avoid penalties for hitting the pylons which added seconds to their time.  When there were two pylons next to each other, like the photo below, the pilot needed his wings to be level and he needed to pass through the area marked in red.  


 When we first took our seats, it was very sunny - which had me regretting not having a hat!  I was thankful for a bit of rain to cool things down.

 We decided to get some food and as we headed back to our seats it poured!   The rain stopped by the time we were done eating.  We dried off our seats and enjoyed the rest of the show.

The ticket package we had allowed us onto the track.  This is a very neat place to be.  It feels odd to walk on the pitched road, and everything feels much bigger when you can look back up at the seats.

We were able to look into the hangars.

This was a very fun experience.  I don't think I would have ever considered this as something to get tickets for - but am very glad we did!

McCullough Hills Trail

Two weekends ago Quinn and I helped Wyatt take a test ride to school.  It is about 1.4 miles from our house to the middle school.  The route involves only one major intersection and goes past a nice park and neighborhoods.  

Then through the entrance trail of Anthem Hills Park.

Past the soccer fields and skatepark...

...and a playground...

I realized this route was perfect for me to resume my daily walks.  So one weekday evening I headed out and walked to the school.  I had realized when I was mapping walking routes that there was a trail system behind the school, so I headed up the trail. 
It was getting too dark to keep going but I knew I would have to come back!

 On Saturday morning I set out early to explore the trails.

 Looking back you can see the Las Vegas valley as well as The Strip

There are a lot of stacked rock formations and when I looked back I lucked out and saw a rainbow!

This trail it about 7 miles long.  It is so peaceful, even though there are fellow hikers, runners, bikers and dog-walkers sharing the trail.

 The above photo was about 3.5 miles from our house.  

I look forward to my next hike!