This past weekend, we found ourselves with one day to explore anywhere. We had our sights set on Lake Mead for Stand Up Paddle Boarding in the morning, and Valley of Fire for Hiking and exploring at sunset. However, as we drove through the desert, an alert for a high wind advisory shifted our plans to skipping Lake Mead, and heading straight to Overton, NV to see the Valley of Fire. The formations were incredible, we explored the Fire Wave, the Rainbow Overlook and the Elephant Rock.
Just as our day was coming to a close, a ranger showed us how close we were to Lake Mead National park, and while it wasn’t the place we originally wanted to launch from, it gave us an opportunity to get some time on the water.
We chased the sunset to the closest docking point. As we pulled out the paddle boards, the wind was still so strong that it picked up one board and blew it across the beach. With 30 minutes left of light we had to make the careful choice of whether or not the wind made the water unsafe for our paddle or if it just meant choppy waters. In the end we decided to jump in.
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Court & John
**Footnote: Stand Up Paddle boarding in remote or cold locations can be dangerous if not done properly, here we take proper precautions to insure fun and safe trips. Please do not recreate these trips without properly educating yourself on the area, laws, and needs of the sport. **
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