I have always enjoyed autumn and the natural beauty of the leaves changing to those crisp yellow, red and orange colors. Unfortunately, with the warmer weather lingering longer than usual this year, the colors were slow to change. Don’t get me wrong — I have enjoyed having a warmer fall season. I have managed to hold off turning on the heat in my house until this week. I was just disappointed that we haven’t really reached the peak of fall foliage in our area.
Last week, I traveled to Las Vegas for a figure skating competition. Since I haven’t been to Las Vegas before, I was looking forward to doing a little sightseeing outside of the arena. While I especially wanted to see the famous “strip” that I had grown accustomed to seeing in photos and movies, I had no clue that there was far more beauty beyond the elaborate hotels and shiny lights.
After spending a day at the “strip,” my friend, who had recently moved to the Las Vegas area, took me to Red Rock Canyon, and I was just in awe. I took some photos as we got out of the car to view the mountains looming among the beautiful desert landscape. But for the most part, I just looked out the windows in amazement as we drove around. If we had more time, I would have loved to do a little hiking along some of the paths to get a closer view.
Visiting Red Rock Canyon surely was a contrast to a city geared to entertainment and gaming. I would love to go see it again.
Although I was disappointed that we really didn’t get that peak fall foliage here at home, God showed his beauty to me in another way.
Capellazzi is new media coordinator for the Catholic Courier.