Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sunridge Park

The city of Henderson, Nevada makes every effort to put every square inch of city property to good use. The city parks reflect this effort. No matter where you live, or where you are coming from you will find that Henderson is a well-planned city with parks that are designed to keep people, locals and visitors, coming back to them. 

When I arrived at Sunridge Park the sun still had not risen above the mountain that bordered it on the east side. But, there were already a few people walking through and around the park. The park appears to be a place where locals frequent to get their exercise. Their ages ran from teen to seniors, with a couple of moms and toddlers showing up to put the playground to good use. One mom told me that she brings her kids her to tire them out so that she can get some rest. In the less than 2 hours that I was there a softball team showed up for practice, and a couple of men showed up at the tennis courts. Dogs were on leashes, but I did not see a dog walk.

All reservations are on a first come first serve bases. Reservations must be made 2 weeks in advance. For more info:

Park amenities: 18 acres, picnic table, playground, baseball/softball fields, barbecues, open grass area, restrooms, covered picnic shelters, lighted tennis courts, lighted volleyball courts, lighted basketball court, open grass and multipurpose field. Walking paths are paved and easy walking.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Cactus Wren Park

Ameneties: dog park, grass volleyball court, lighted basketball courts, barbecues, covered picnic shelters, picnic tables, restrooms, playground, lighted skate park, open grass area, multi-purpose fields,


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Madeira Canyon Park

City of Henderson Park

2390 Democracy Dr., Henderson, NV 89015
Cross Streets: Canyon Retreat and Democracy Drive
Size: 20 Acre(s)
Amenities Include:

Tot Lot
Jogging and Walking Paths
2 Basketball Courts
2 Baseball/Softball Fields
Picnic Areas
Open Space
4 Tennis Courts


Well I have made 2 trips to Madeira Canyon Park. My first trip was four days ago in the late evening to take photographic advantage of the evening light. My second trip was to take advantage of the early morning light. That was this morning. Madeira Canyon Park is a beautiful city park located at the south edge of the Las Vegas Valley as you are climbing the South McCullough Mountain Range. This is one of the newer residential areas of the city of Henderson, and is near the Henderson Executive Airport.

There are currently 17 photos posted of this park here. Real Estate agents in the area are using my city park photos to help sell homes in the area. Prints and/or downloads and gifts are available.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thoughts of Nevada and Oklahoma

The following graphic was just messaged to me from a lady from my home town, Dill City, Oklahoma.

(Click photo to enlarge.)

I have just gotten back from a short walk with thoughts about what I should be doing next. But, it doesn't really take much thought. If I have a dollar to travel on I will go somewhere. But, other than that there are two places that are most important to me, Nevada and Oklahoma. I will never in my life be able to see all I want to see of these two places.

The bright lights of Las Vegas and Reno beckon gamblers from around the world. To me the best light show comes from ½ before sundown to ½ hour after sundown, and from pre-dawn to about ½ an hour after sunrise. But, it’s the desert that beckons me, and the mountains, and the trails I love to walk. I’ve seen wild horses grazing at the edge of a lake. I’ve set in a city park at sunrise and watched coyote puppies following their mom across an open field at the edge of a busy airport. But, the road trips are what I love. As a 35-year trucker it was the drives through sparsely populated country that was my favorite drives of all, like Hwy #95 that runs north out of Las Vegas on a 450-mile trip that finals out in Reno. That drive soothes the soul. Or, take a trip up or down Hwy #93. And drive across State Route #375 (the UFO Highway) and maybe you will spot a UFO. But, when you take a hike on any of the trails keep an eye out for rattlesnakes. And always, always, always keep plenty of water with you.

The one thing I can positively say about Oklahoma is that it is in my blood. I could not wait to get away from Oklahoma seven months ago. Today, I miss family and friends from Oklahoma, and I miss the farms, the creeks, and the lakes. But, what I really find that I miss right now is the solitude of living by myself, and knowing that all I have to do is walk out of my house to end the solitude. The only thing I can say about the people of Oklahoma is that they are what everybody should be like. They are the best.

I am an Okie, but I am also a nomad. So, I will travel, and maybe make a side trip to Oklahoma.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Vegas Strong Memorial

From Better World Media: These photos are from the memorial to the victims of the October 1, 2017 massacre at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada.

This memorial is currently located in the median and at the site of the world famous "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign which is right next to Mandalay Bay. For now I will say that this location is ok, but I do hope they move the memorial to a more appropriate place. Anyone who visits the memorial vs those who visit the "Welcome" sign will understand why I think this is the wrong place for a memorial. A memorial place should be a place for peaceful reflection. The "Welcome" sign tends to bring out the idiots.

Sunridge Park

The city of Henderson, Nevada makes every effort to put every square inch of city property to good use. The city parks reflect this effort....