Vegas Desert: Mount Charleston, NV

Mount Charleston

Vegas Desert: Mount Charleston, NV

An exceedingly bright light ascends into the night sky.  I watch it split into two lights.  Then four.  Then eight.  A UFO?  Some strange military operation?  Could be.  The Nellis Air Force Bombing and Gunnery Range lies perhaps 40 miles from here.  I’ll never know.  A full moon illuminates a forest of Joshua trees.  Hundreds of them surround our camp.  Suspended in motion.  Some seem to be running.  Others dancing.  They’re a jolly bunch.  Moving in imperceptibly slow animation.  Down in the valley, some 50 miles from here, I can see the glow of Las Vegas.  A fiery ball of energy, pulsating through the desert night.  A poignant cocktail of order and chaos, good and evil, God and man.  I find it to my liking.  Its strangeness lies somewhere outside the bounds of what we would call “normal society”.  On the fringes of our culture.  A place where freaks feel right at home.  With freaks, I include the rattlesnakes, the scorpions, the vultures, myself, and you too, if you feel so inclined.  All is welcome. That is, all who are willing to live and let live.  To embrace the obscurity of colorful coexistence.  In the words of Hunter S. Thompson, “Just another freak, in the freak.”



Vegas Desert: Mount Charleston, NV — 2 Comments

  1. Hi Scott and Val
    What a beautiful sky? It looks like the scene of a movie…almost to real to be true. I would have a hard time with the Scorpins! I have never been to Las Vegas so one day I hope to be one of the freaks that get to see the show.
    I hear it is amazing! It must be nice to be able to see two different words at the same time. Your description of the trees make me feel happy. I hope they are dancing! Keep sending photos that allow me to see your world. I really enjoy your post. Hugs! Lois

  2. Thanks Lois. Good to hear from you. I’m glad you are enjoying my posts. I have two big backpacking trips coming up this month. I should have more to post then. Take care. Love, Scott

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