Deserted in the Desert With No Dessert…

The shower in the average room in the opulent ranch had 3 features… PERIOD… ice cold, hot as hell, and sandblast the deck.  I hated the shower!!!  It was a square shower not attached to the bathtub (which is what I have at home), but the nozzle only shot out in sandblast the deck mode, so in addition to showering yourself, you’ve also showered the whole dang bathroom by the time you’re through.  I had to sop up the floor with towels every time.   After having removed the first 3 layers of my skin with the sandblasting machine, we headed out for the day.  First stop… Ethel M. Chocolate Factory Tour!  As if the chocolate-a-holics wouldn’t check out the chocolate!

Sadly, no one was making chocolate that day, but that certainly didn’t stop the gift shop from being open.  We bought us some famous chocolate pecan brittle.  Holy cats on a hot tin roof, y’all!  Seriously dee-vine!  It’s hard to buy chocolate to take with you without it melting in 110 degree heat in a car that happens to be dark colored.  I guess the calorizing police were watching out for me!  😛

We then decided to take a jaunt out to Valley of Fire… about 60 miles from Vegas.  I was not impressed on the drive in.  It was dead and boring and ugly and brown… and I kept wondering where the fire was going to start.  It just popped out of nowhere.  We literally turned a corner and voila… FIRE!

These red rocky features were supposedly around when dinosaurs roamed the earth… blah, blah, blah, blah.  There’s a whole history lesson I could teach you but I just fell asleep typing it, so Google it if you’re interested.  There were places in the “park” where you could get out and hike around.  It was dagblasted hot, so we kept that to a minimum… though I did walk up the stairs to see the petroglyphs on a rock.

The dude down there in the white shirt was smoking a cigarette and blowing the smoke in my nostrils… there are designated places in Vegas for that… it’s called all the casinos that ever existed!   Some people’s children anyway!

Madre was positive this rock was plagiarizing Arches National Park in Utah.  The nerve of these prehistoric rock features anyway!

They referred to this view as Rainbow Vista (I think?  Rainbow something) because of all the different colors you could see looking out onto the horizon.  I don’t know if it was the heat or what, but whenever we’d get out of the car our legs would be all wobbly.  Dehydration?  Heat Index?  The aliens from planet MuuMuu come to infiltrate our noggin space?  I guess we’ll never know.

It was fun to see the different terrains… even if my dessert melted in the desert!  And now I’ll know what Mars looks like the next time my people have a family reunion.

Question of the Day:   What is your favorite flavor of chocolate?  




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9 responses to “Deserted in the Desert With No Dessert…

  1. jen

    I don’t care for candy bars much, I prefer the good stuff from Florence’s. Though Dove makes good chocolate too.

  2. cl2

    Flavor–like “milk” chocolate? I’ll say again–“Idle Isle” in Brigham City–“nut balls”–just go tell them you want nut balls.

  3. Avster

    No chocolate? :b

    Ooh, Pretty! Too bad it was so hot though!

    I want to know what the cactus botanical garden looked like!

    • Avster

      Arnica is a homeopathic “wonder”. It supposed to help keep bruising and swelling to a minimum…. so if you punch me I would want to put arnica on the area as soon as possible as the sooner it goes on the less bruising and swelling…
      I forget what all is in it but I think coneflowers are part of the ingredients.

      It does seem to help, but not so much as it claims.

  4. Natalie

    The desert. My X used to love the desert. Whats wrong with people’s heads when they love a desert? I’d love to drive through one and see it from the car, though. I’d like to get out at the grand canyon for a bit and get back in the car. Like that. Like that only.

  5. dessawade

    Florences Chocolates from Rexburg Idaho hands down is THEEEE best chocolate however you don’t see me going without if I don’t have any. I don’t even mind Hersheys but there is better chocolate.


    Pretty pics, Whitney!

    Yum – a chocolate tour! That is totally something I would go do.

    Question of the Day: What is your favorite flavor of chocolate?
    I love chocolate but it has to be the real stuff – not that cheap fake stuff you can get at the Dollar Store – BARF!
    I have always been raised with this store – in St. Louis.
    I do like Ghirardelli also though.

  7. Gorgeous pictures! And that was the chocolate factory I was trying to recommend 🙂 (Couldn’t remember the name of it though–darn aging brain cells)! I love milk chocolate, but will eat any in front of me. I also love dark chocolate with mint 🙂

  8. 21ladybug

    Great post! Loved all the beautiful pictures. My favorite kind of chocolate is Cadbury dairy milk chocolate. This is not easy to find so I generally make do with Hershey’s milk chocolate. I do not care for Nestlé milk chocolate (go figure) and am not even tempted if it is in the house. Dark chocolate is not my favorite but in an emergency is ok!

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