First Hike of 2013

Nick and I went out to Red Rock Canyon to take advantage of the first really nice day of 2013 – it reached 75 degrees! One of our 1001 goals is to do every Red Rock Canyon Hike (except the scary one people die on), so after perusing the list, we chose First Creek Canyon. It’s listed as an easy to moderate hike of 3 miles, but a slight detour on the way back made it more like 4.5 to 5 miles for us.

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Here’s Nick looking all fresh right at the beginning of our hike. It starts right off of Charleston and you head straight back through open desert to the mountainy areas you see in the back.

 

We didn’t see anything too exciting – some Joshua trees, yucca plants and cholla cacti.¬†Also, rocks that are red – shocking to find in Red Rock Canyon.

The hike description mentioned the possibility of encountering seasonal streams and waterfalls in the canyon on “unimproved trails.” We continued our hike on into the canyon, but didn’t have any luck finding water of any sort. Nick still felt really accomplished though:

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Pro Tip: Don’t be too lazy to change into your hiking socks. You will probably end up with a lot of blisters if you don’t.

 

Greens & Proteins Healthy Kitchen in Las Vegas

Angela and I decided to try out a new restaurant tonight and were excited to find a little gem near our apartment. It is called Greens & Proteins and is about 12 minutes away from home.

We were drawn to the restaurant by the promise of an ostrich burger. In addition, we’ve been looking for a place where we can eat out without feeling bad about the number of calories and kind of food we’re buying. Greens & Proteins definitely meets those criteria.

We both got the same thing – an ostrich burger on a whole wheat bun with avocado and jicama “fries.” We only had to wait for about 10 minutes before our burgers were grilled up and served to us:

Delicious Ostrich Burger
Delicious Ostrich Burger

Man was that thing delicious. I can say, without a doubt, that is in my top five burgers I’ve ever had in my life. The meat wasn’t fatty, but was still full of flavor and I felt like the patty was dense but not heavy or gamy. It was well worth the money.

The jicama “fries” were definitely interesting. They were raw and there was nothing fry-like about them other then their shape. I think they had the texture of apples without any of the sweetness. Angela really liked them and I thought they were all right.

There are other options on the menu that both Angela and I are really intrigued by, including a spaghetti squash chicken parmigiana and a variety of healthy pizzas. I think we’ll definitely be going back.