So this past February, I had a chance to explore Valley of Fire State Park while I was in Las Vegas for WPPI 2017. I went with my lovely friend Elizabeth Lloyd of Elizabeth Lloyd Photography. (And thanks again Elizabeth for the lovely shots of me!)
It was my first (but hopefully not last) time in Vegas, and my first (and probably last) time at WPPI.
Valley of Fire was beyond a doubt the highlight of my trip.
I had never seen a desert before. I’ve never even seen a real mountain. I was 26 before I ever saw the ocean.
To be honest, there’s a lot of things in this world that I haven’t seen.
I grew up thinking family vacations were a thing of fiction and Disney World is somewhere only rich people get go. Kids who grow up in poverty don’t get to travel, and since they also don’t usually go to college, the early part of my adulthood was no better. You work to survive and just hope that you have enough money to make ends meet each month. You cross your fingers and toes and just pray that nothing goes wrong with anything because the smallest thing going wrong might mean the decision between having food to eat or having working headlights on your car (true story).
So here I am, mid-30s and finally getting to see some stuff.
I never in a million years thought I would ever get to see anything like this. To say I was awestruck is an understatement. I was so overwhelmed by the landscapes that I’m sure my haphazard shutter clicking did no justice for the true beauty of this place.