This place is what made me all excited for vacation - a dry, sandstone, state park with hiking! Our vacation stay is starting at South Point Hotel and Casino, which is off the strip and easy to get to, and a great place to have a rental car. So on our first full day of vacation, we went west to Red Rock State Park and Tim took us to the trail head for Turtlehead Peak.

It was an awesome hike! We left the crowds to crawl up this 5 mile, 2000 ft elevation gain to a single peak in the range. There were great views of the Las Vegas valley and all around. It was full sunshine, but not too hot, perfect hiking weather. By the end of the hike, we were sore and our feet hurt - signs of a good hike.

Too bad on the way home our rental car got a flat tire. The lower tire pressure light had been on just a few miles into renting the car, so I figured we would get it checked before getting a full flat. I called the roadside assistance, but instead of waiting over an hour, Tim changed the tire himself. We were on our way to the nearest Avis dealer, who wasn't very sympathetic of our situation, but gave us another car without too much hassle.

That night, we went to downtown Las Vegas for dinner, meeting up with Tim's family. I thought downtown was going to be more calm, but that is just not the way Las Vegas rolls. It was crowded and full of people, sounds, and lights. And way too much cigarette smoking. I forget that it is allowed everywhere in this state. We had a nice dinner at Tony Roma's and took in the crazy sights and sounds of Fremont Street. But not too late, we went back to the hotel to make sure we were in bed by our regular 10pm. Party people, I know.