Lovely Las Vegas: Pine Trees and Pine Cones
As a child, one of my favorite parts of growing up in Las Vegas was road trips to Mount Charleston. I loved the drive there, enjoying the desert terrain on the way there (yay to Yuccas and desert flowers!) and loved the transition as the scenery began to look more like a forest, with pine trees and the feel of lush greenery surrounding you, creating a cozy retreat from city life.
While the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest / Spring Mountain National Recreation Area host a bevy of pine trees, it is amazing how many pine trees make their home in the Las Vegas Valley (North Las Vegas + Las Vegas + Henderson).
We are so lucky to have a big row of pine trees in the park near our home. Yesterday we spent tons of time there on important tasks like gathering all the fallen pine cones and bringing them together. We found new baby pine cones all the way through to giant Grandfather pine cones. It was so fun to be outdoors ant in touch with urban nature.
I had flashbacks of time at Mt. Charlestonas a child and also time outdoors in Norway, trekking through forests. Having thoughts of orienteering with the little ones when they are a tad bit older. How fun would that be?
See our big pile of pine cones? The multi-generational family all cozy and warm together, ready for autumn. ; )
Photos by Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas