By Judy Berman
There is an antidote for Las Vegas’ scorching summers.
The best way to escape the heat is to drive about 35 miles northwest of Vegas. That will take you to a spot that’s at least 20 degrees cooler.
Mount Charleston’s mountain, which is snow-capped for more than half the year, can be seen from parts of the Las Vegas Strip. (Wikipedia)
My brother, Hank, introduced us to Mount Charleston several years ago, and it’s been part of our annual visit to see him ever since.
From the deck of Mount Charleston Lodge, we have an excellent breakfast with a jaw-dropping view. At 11,916 feet, it is the highest mountain in both Spring Mountains and Clark County, in Nevada.
Green pine trees, the bluest of skies and white, puffy clouds are our backdrop.
Gorgeous homes and lodges are tucked into the mountainside.
This year, after our meal, we walked across the street to the state park and walked a bit on the Cathedral Rock trail. Maybe next year, we’ll venture farther into the park.
What is your favorite ‘off the beaten path’ site?
Main Photo: Mt. Charleston – Cathedral Rock trail – View of Mummy Mountain from Cathedral Rock trail. Taken by Sarah Nichols of Las Vegas, Nevada on March 8, 2008. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1c/Mt._Charleston%2C_Cathedral_Rock_trail.jpg/640px-Mt._Charleston%2C_Cathedral_Rock_trail.jpg
Cartoon – Walk in the woods – quote by Pete Seeger – Mutt Comics. 9-2-15
Photos of Mt. Charleston – from 2013 to 2015 – by Judy Berman
Video – view from Mount Charleston Lodge
Mount Charleston Lodge – information – http://mtcharlestonlodge.com/