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Rogers Spring Rogers Spring Overview

Rogers Springs is a warm spring located near Lake Mead off of Northshore Road. Pumping approximately 1,000 gallons per minute, the water temperature varies depending on the season, with an average of about 85 degrees.

Click here to view my article on Nevada Hot Springs.

Information from the NPS website about the history of Rogers Springs:

Rogers Spring and Blue Point Spring both share a colorful history. One story involves a 1903 project to build a canal to divert water from both springs to 500 acres of farmland located several miles south of St. Thomas. During this effort, several industrious men used a horse team, scraper, homemade ditcher, and shovels to construct a channel to connect both springs. They tested the channel and discovered that the water flowed only a short distance before soaking in. Undaunted, they lined the ditch with clay to prevent leakage, and when that failed, they borrowed $3,000 and took several months mixing cement by hand and again lining the ditch. Eventually, they were successful in transporting the water to the intended land. However, the project ultimately failed due to economic reasons. The men involved evidently drank the spring water while working on the project. Unfortunately, this water acted as a natural laxative, and these individuals lost a considerable amount of weight. Subsequently, the channel discharging water from Blue Point Spring became known as “Slim Creek.”

Several other projects have been attempted in association with Rogers Spring and Blue Point Spring, including a waterfowl refuge construction project that was initiated from 1938 through 1943 but never completed, and a tropical fish hatchery that operated at Blue Point Spring during the mid-1950s.

Rogers Spring Location

Approximately an hour from Las Vegas, Rogers Spring is located near Lake Mead. There are two ways to get to Rogers Spring off of Northshore Road, depending if you are starting from Henderson area or the Northern part of Las Vegas. Since we were camping at Valley of Fire, we accessed it from the North, driving past Stewart’s Point.

Rogers Spring Amenities
  • 3 covered picnic tables
  • Trash receptacles
  • BBQ grills
  • Pit toilets
  • Parking lot
Rogers Spring Photos

Rogers Spring Resources and References Rogers Spring

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Crystal Reservoir at Ash Meadows Crystal Reservoir at Ash Meadows Overview

The 70-acre Crystal Reservoir is an interesting place to stop for a visit. The water is incredibly blue and makes you feel you are in the tropics… well, almost. The reservoir is home to wading birds and waterfowl (see pics below). It’s a great place to bring a blanket and enjoy lunch while watching the wildlife.

Swimming is allowed at Crystal Reservoir but be warned, there is a chance you can get Swimmer’s Itch. Swimmer’s Itch or schistosome cercarial dermatitis is a skin reaction caused by the penetration of the larval stage of certain flatworms that can be picked up while swimming. It is neither dangerous nor contagious but is very uncomfortable. (Source: Information from U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Crystal Reservoir at Ash Meadows Location

Crystal Reservoir is located within the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, which is about 2 hours northwest of Las Vegas. Click here to view the Ash Meadow Map for detailed directions.

Crystal Reservoir at Ash Meadows Hours

The Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge is a day-use area, which is open from sunrise to sunset.

Crystal Reservoir at Ash Meadows Fees

There is not an entrance fee to access Crystal Reservoir at Ash Meadows.

Crystal Reservoir at Ash Meadows Wildlife The Wading Birds that may be seen during your visit to Crystal Reservoir at Ash Meadows Waterfowl that may be seen during your visit to Crystal Reservoir at Ash Meadows Ash Meadows Resources Crystal Reservoir at Ash Meadows Photos The parking area at Crystal Reservoir at Ash Meadows Delilah Mae and her buddy at Crystal Reservoir at Ash Meadows It seems I pick the windy days to visit Ash Meadows and therefore all my pics have ripped water. One day… Another view of Crystal Reservoir at Ash Meadows Crystal Reservoir at Ash Meadows

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Point of Rocks Boardwalk at Ash Meadows

The Point of Rocks Boardwalk at Ash Meadows winds through groves of mesquite trees and crosses over the springs containing the famous pupfish. The length of the boardwalk is approximately 0.5 miles round trip and is wheelchair accessible. No bicycles allowed.

Benches are provided at King’s Pool for you to enjoy lunch and watch the pupfish frolic in the crystal blue waters. This species of fish has survived in these waters since mammoth roamed the area and this is the only place in the world they exist.

Point of Rocks Boardwalk at Ash Meadows Overview Plenty of parking at the trailhead. Each time I have been there we are the only cars in the parking lot. Restrooms are available at the trailhead. Point of Rocks Boardwalk at Ash Meadows Amenities

After your stroll through the Point of Rocks Boardwalk at Ash Meadows, take a break and have lunch at one of the picnic tables provided for visitors.

Trailhead amenities also include open parking lot, trash receptacles, recycling bins, restrooms, and information board.

Point of Rocks Boardwalk at Ash Meadows Location

Point of Rocks is located within the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, which is about 2 hours northwest of Las Vegas. Click here to view the Ash Meadow Map for detailed directions.

Point of Rocks Boardwalk at Ash Meadows Hours

The Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge is a day-use area, which is open from sunrise to sunset.

Point of Rocks Boardwalk at Ash Meadows Fees

There is not an entrance fee to access the Point of Rocks Boardwalk at Ash Meadows.

Ash Meadows Resources Point of Rocks Boardwalk at Ash Meadows Photos The start of the boardwalk at Point of Rocks. Bench area to relax and watch for pupfish at the Kings Pool. IMO Kings Pool has the best opportunity to see pupfish and here’s a little cutie swimming near the top of the water. A little blue friend enjoying the sunshine on a branch. Point of Rocks Boardwalk at Ash Meadows

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Balancing Rock at the Valley of Fire Balancing Rock at the Valley of Fire Overview

Located near the Valley of Fire State Park Visitors Center, you will find another interesting rock formation known as Balancing Rock.

The trail to Balancing Rock at the Valley of Fire is a 0.3 mile out and back with very little elevation gain, about 3′. The short hike to the Balancing Rock starts with the trail to the left of the Valley of Fire State Park Visitors Center.

Once you get the rock, be sure to walk around the rock to get different views to see how this is truly a “balancing rock.”

Dogs are allowed on the Balancing Rock trail but must be leashed at all times.

Valley of Fire Resources Balancing Rock at the Valley of Fire Photos Parking for Balancing Rock is at the Valley of Fire Visitors Center. There is an overflow parking area if you can’t find a parking spot within the main area. Unique sandstone formations beside the Valley of Fire Visitors Center and can be seen before you enter the path to visit the Balancing Rock. The trail to the Balancing Rock. The view from the back of the Balancing Rock which gives you an idea of how this formation got its name. A Desert Bighorn Sheep at Balancing Rock. Balancing Rock at the Valley of Fire

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The Cabins at the Valley of Fire – the CCC built 3 cabins for visitors to use. Valley of Fire State Park Cabins Valley of Fire State Park Cabins Overview These three cabins were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) soon after the Valley of Fire became a state park in 1935. They are constructed of native sandstone and were used for many years to shelter campers and travelers to the park. The Cabins are now being preserved as a reminder of the work accomplished by the CCC throughout Nevada under the able direction of Col. Thomas W. Miller, Nevada’s first State Park Commission Chairman. Approximately 9,000 persons visited the newly established Valley of Fire State Park in 1936. Today, several hundred thousand visitors enjoy the park each year.

The Valley of Fire was one of the earliest locations to have construction by the Civilian Conservation Corps by building three native sandstone cabins in 1934 for traveling tourists. Today, visitors can visit the preserved cabins to see a small cabin with a built-in fireplace and a window overlooking the valley.

Valley of Fire State Park Petroglyphs

There are petroglyphs located behind The Cabins, unfortunately, I was not able to explore due to the heat of the day. I will be photographing the area the next time I return and will update this post.

Valley of Fire State Park Picnic Area

The picnic area was designed with the same look as The Cabins and offer visitors a shaded area to enjoy the scenic views.

Valley of Fire State Park Resources Valley of Fire State Park Cabins Photos The Cabins at the Valley of Fire View looking out the window of one of the cabins at the Valley of Fire State Park. Each cabin as a built-in fireplace for visitors to use. Rocks behind The Cabins at the Valley of Fire where visitors will find petroglyphs. Shaded picnic area with grill, and trash bins. View driving to The Cabins at the Valley of Fire State Park. This area has petroglyphs, shaded picnic area, and restrooms. Valley of Fire State Park Cabins

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Lone Rock at the Valley of Fire is easy to find – it’s on the left as you go towards The Cabins area. Lone Rock at the Valley of Fire

When I saw the name “Lone Rock” on the map that the Valley of Fire visitor center gave me, I was expecting some type of “lone rock” but not what I actually saw when I arrived. Instead of some large picturesque red rock shooting up from the ground by itself, I found a single large red boulder… basically in the parking area.

Lone Rock at the Valley of Fire Picnic Area

Depending on the time of day, the Lone Rock provides shade for the single picnic table in the area. Also available for day use is a grill and trash can for picnickers to use while they enjoy a scenic break from visiting the different areas in the Valley of Fire.

Lone Rock at the Valley of Fire Petroglyphs

Along the western cliffs, there are petroglyphs but I was by myself and the day was heating up so I didn’t climb up to find them but I will the next time I visit and update the post with images.

Lone Rock at the Valley of Fire Directions

Lone Rock is located on the western side of the park before The Cabins area. As soon as you turn down the road, it is located immediately on the left.

Valley of Fire Resources Lone Rock at the Valley of Fire Photos I have a friend who loves hearts in rocks so when I see one I now take a picture of them. This heart is located on the backside of the Lone Rock at Valley of Fire. This is probably the path the petroglyphs but I didn’t explore it due to being alone this day and the heat. Lone Rock at the Valley of Fire

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Chipotle Burrito Bowl Recipe



I finally pulled myself out of a 3 week flu stupor to prepare a Mexican food dinner with a Chipotle burrito bowl recipe. Yes, around this home we eat a lot of Mexican, Italian, and Middle Eastern inspired dishes. Every once and a while we will toss in a curry or two to break up the mundane. What can I say? We are just huge fans of salsas, sauces, and mezes!

Creating a copycat recipe for the Chipotle burrito bowl is really not that hard… just some rice, beans, meat and other goodies. But, with those basic ingredients you might want something a little more flavorful than opening a can of this or that. THAT is where I enter the picture with some tasty recipes that you can use to create your burrito bowls. {Or you can just open a few cans of this and that and call it a night.}

From the Chipotle website about their burrito bowls:

Chiptole Burrito Bowl – Served in a bowl, choice of cilantro-lime rice, pinto or black beans, meat (braised carnitas or barbacoa, adobo-marinated and grilled chicken or steak) or guacamole, salsa and cheese or sour cream.

To create your own Chipotle Burrito Bowl at home, use these ingredients for your family to choose from to build your own Chipotle Burrito Bowl:

This is a fairly “healthy” recipe since it’s grilled chicken and fresh veggies. Of course the way I make mine adds a bit of fat and calories that I could do without but I can’t resist sour cream. YUM.

Oh and please forgive my not so beautiful photos — it can take up to an hour to stage and photograph a dish and I am still wiped out from the flu.

What is your favorite way to eat a Chipotle Burrito Bowl? I actually enjoy just veggies only and no chicken.

Buster didn’t hang out in the kitchen with me today while I was cooking but Bobbie did enjoy the pepper I gave her. I am not sure how that bird knows when I have jalapeno peppers but she does and “begs” for them.

Chipotle Burrito Bowl Recipe


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Click here to down for FREE copycat recipe cookbooks to your Kindle.
(and some are really cheap hard copy too!)

For me, any recipe with roasted corn is a hit! So this one is a win win because it has roasted corn AND it is incredibly easy to make. Wait… trifecta as it is very tasty to eat!

This was one of the dishes in my Chipotle Burrito Bowl Recipe from dinner the other night. {See below for a list of all the dishes I used to create my copycat version.}

According to their website it’s an easy mix of veggies:

Roasted Chili-Corn Salsa: White Sweet Corn, Red Onion, Jalapeño, Roasted Poblano Pepper, Cilantro , Citrus Juice, Kosher Salt 

To create your own Chipotle Burrito Bowl at home, use these ingredients for your family to choose from to build your own Chipotle Burrito Bowl:

My store didn’t have corn on the cob so I had to punt and used a bag of frozen corn, which I roasted in the oven with the poblano pepper. The taste wasn’t exactly the same but it worked in a pinch.

This is a great dish to eat by itself or add to a salad – either way, it is nice change from a regular salsa.

Chipotle Corn Salsa Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 6 Ears Sweet Yellow Corn, roasted {or 1 pound of frozen corn}
  • 1 large Poblano Chili, roasted and chopped (start with ½ cup and adjust for your taste)
  • ½ cup onion, red & chopped
  • ¼ cup jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Lime Juice
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
Method
  1. Roast the corn and Poblano chili {we normally use the outdoor grill}
  2. Cut the corn from the cob and add to medium bowl.
  3. Remove the skin from the roasted chili, coarsely chop, and add to bowl.
  4. Chop the onion and jalapeno and add to bowl.
  5. Stir in the remaining ingredients and season to taste.
Notes
http://www.copykat.com/2011/10/27/chipotle-mexican-grill-spicy-corn-salsa/
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I LOVE bacon, red wine reduction, and blue cheese so you add some dates to that mix… bacon wrapped dates are a hit for me! I learned to love this dish from of my favorite hangout restaurants in town, Firefly in Las Vegas. Because I am lazy, I don’t want to drive to satisfy my cravings so I make them at home.

These little guys are crazy good and a hit at every party they are served. And don’t be intimated… they are R-E-A-L-L-Y easy to make too!

I cut my bacon into thirds and have everything ready so I don’t contaminate other stuff {like digging a toothpick out of the box with my bacon hands}.

Once they are all wrapped I toss them into a square stone. {Who am I kidding my OCD personality won’t have anything less than perfectly lines of bacon wrapped dates!}  If you don’t have  a stone, then line a cookie sheet with foil to make the clean up easier. Whatever you use… make sure it has a lip so the bacon grease doesn’t drip to the bottom of your oven.

Cooking and serving tips:

  • If taking to a party, do not plate before you go as they will be a soggy mess
  • DO NOT overcook the bacon
  • Allow guests to serve their own blue cheese {or you can use feta} because the longer they sit, the more the cheese absorbs the red wine reduction
  • You need 1 slice of bacon for every 3 dates so you can plan accordingly

Are you ready to cook these awesome bacon wrapped dates? Let’s do this!

Bacon Wrapped Dates
 
Prep time
15 mins
Cook time
15 mins
Total time
30 mins
 
Ingredients
Method
  1. Cut bacon slices into thirds
  2. Wrap the bacon around the date and secure with toothpick
  3. Add to stone baking dish or aluminum foil lined cooking sheet
  4. Bake at 400 for about 15 minutes or until bacon is done {but not overcooked}
  5. Serve with red wine reduction and blue cheese
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Today’s kitchen helper was Sofie, who enjoys when I open a window for her to sit in and watch the outside world.

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Chicken Salad Recipe with Grapes 

Last month I went to an event at my girlfriend’s home and she had these simple {and cute} chicken salad sandwiches made with mini croissants. It made me realize how much I miss having a good chicken salad for lunch either on a sandwich or over some lettuce {and a sprinkle of oil and red wine vinegar}.

When I lived in Virginia my girlfriends and I used to hit Panera from time to time and I would grab their Napa Almond Chicken Salad Sandwich to go with my soup. Yum…

Panera: All-natural, antibiotic-free chicken, diced celery, seedless grapes, almonds and our special dressing served with lettuce and tomato on our Sesame Semolina bread.

In trying to figure out how to do a true copycat recipe I viewed the ingredients they list – holy smokes, there’s a lot for me to pick through! I removed a lot of the non-essential items so I don’t bore you and make you want to leave.

Napa Almond Chicken Salad on Sesame Semolina

Citrus & pepper chicken, sea salt, dehydrated garlic, dehydrated onion, sugar, dry lemon peel, spices, dehydrated rosemary, dehydrated basil, paprika, vinegar, tomatoes, dressing, rosemary extract, mustard oil], fresh red seedless grapes, lettuce, celery, sliced raw almonds, salt, black pepper.

The dressing didn’t give a lot of info so I am using just a basic Miracle Whip and doctoring up the recipe with herbs, spices, and vinegar.

I am using a canned chicken rather than cooking and cubing my own. Sorry… it’s that kind of lunch day for me {quick and easy, which might be what you want too}.

Chicken Salad Recipe with Grapes

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Chicken Salad with Grapes
 
Prep time
10 mins
Total time
10 mins
 
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 12.5 ounce can chicken breast
  • ⅓ cup celery, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons shallot, finely chopped
  • ½ cup grapes, halved and quartered
  • ⅓ cup Granny Smith Apple, diced
  • ¼ cup Miracle Whip
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
Method
  1. Chop celery, shallot, grapes, and apple
  2. Add the chopped mixture and the almonds to the bowl with chicken
  3. Whisk together Miracle Whip, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, and spices
  4. Add chicken to bowl and toss until coated
  5. Salt and pepper to taste
  6. Serve over lettuce or on your favorite bread
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