En route from Zion (Utah) to California, Christie realized we’d be driving relatively close to an interesting art installation she’d had an eye on just outside of Vegas.

No passing through Vegas would be complete without at least a quick roll through down the Strip, so we “cruised” ahead (read nervously navigated a 15 ton, 55 foot rolling house between gawking pedestrians and crazed cabbies). We found an ideal parking spot with other RVs behind Bally’s Casino (here are the coordinates should you want to ever park yours near the strip: 36.110875, -115.165910) and in short order we were inside the Bellagio enjoying decadent ice cream, admiring Chihuly’s glass ceiling and the beautiful botanical gardens. When the clock struck four, the fountain show began outside. We enjoyed it enough to stick around for another viewing then it was off to our art destination of Seven Magic Mountains. 

Like a neon Stonehenge aglow in the Nevada desert, Seven Magic Mountains is an installation by internationally-renowned Swiss artist, Ugo Rondinone. It’s quite inspiring and a stunning larger-than-life playground to play hide and seek in the cool evening air. These man-made monoliths tower above and each shines in its own colorful palette. The moon began to rise and coyotes howled as we admired this man’s creation and readied for a night on the road. Well worth the stop.

Next up: Joshua Tree National Park

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