View of the sunrise from the Mount Charleston Hotel. Its still gray and cloudy at that point, but it will burn off quickly and convert the sky to perfect Nevada blue.
Early morning is a great time for a drive on the mountain. While driving, 2 foxes sprinted across the road and a deer meandered roadside, foraging for food.
The sun crept slowly past the thin, grayish clouds, burning them into a pinkish orange color. The sky slowly turned to light, creating yet another day filled with promise. I thank G-d for these moments. Watching something so much bigger than the sum of its parts, witnessing the constant motion of the earth and. most of all, knowing that there's of it. There's more to come.
The combination of snow, a long holiday weekend and the start of the Christmas season all contribute to a festive holiday atmosphere. On Mount Charleston, there were lots of snowball fights and snowman building. Someone built this one in a great location for admiring the views of Lee Canyon.
Kyle Canyon Road is plowed after a snowfall, but huge amounts remain piled alongside the street and on trails and nearly covering road signs. This is the entrance to the Fletcher Canyon trail, where the snowpack was particularly high.
A scenic viewpoint off Lee Canyon Road. Its difficult to see in the picture, but this viewpoint offers a great overhead view of the Mount Charleston Hotel. Much like its namesake mountain, the hotel is covered in snow and almost blends in with the scenery.
Sitting on a snow cushioned log I found somewhere along the Fletcher Canyon trail. Pristine is the only word to describe this. A light breeze blows, a bird chirps intermittently in the distance and there's the occasional rustling sound of snow falling from overloaded branches.
The day is all mine. I could just sit here for hours, admiring the blue sky above and the white powder below. Days like this are everything.
This was just too cute not to photograph, although I should have zoomed in a little more. A couple of young ones, bundled in their winter arsenal of clothing, fearlessly climbing a snowbank. And, from the looks of it, having a great time.
The town of Mt. Charleston [pop. 252] hopes you miss them -- there are plenty of signs telling you that there are no tourist sights in there, but you know a VT-er -- that's a challenge. So here is the fire & rescue building! The no parking sign is rather prominent:)))
Ice and snow accumulate on the balcony of the room at the Mount Charleston Hotel. By midday, most of it has melted into slush. But overnight frosty temperatures will replenish the accumulation.
For those who do not wish to perform their nuptials in Las Vegas, the Mount Charleston Hotel conveninently offers this outdoor area as the perfect spot for weddings. Perhaps in the summertime though.
I am just starting this page about my visit to Mount Charleston -- tip info will come in a bit! Until then you are welcome to browse:)