We recently took a trip to Vegas for a family wedding. After a weekend of festivities, Brandon and I took a day trip out to Red Rock National Preservation on the outskirts of the city. While I’ve been to many different national parks and canyons in the past, the vastness and pure space really hit me this time. I think all the time in the city has made me numb to my near-constant claustrophobia. As we were driving, we could see dark black storm clouds in the distance. By the time we arrived at the visitors center, the skies had opened up and it was a complete downpour. When does it rain in a desert?! Luckily, we scored the last two sexy yellow ponchos. We waited out the heavy rain, then got back in the car to head to the first trail. Red Rock Preservation is interesting in that the park itself consists of a 3 mile driving loop with small trails and scenic outlooks along the way. You can either stop and hike the trails (with varying levels of difficulty) or do the entire loop from the comfort of your car. We had every intention on hiking a couple different trails (really, we did!) but the weather wasn’t ideal. By the time we made it to our first trail, the torrential rain turned into a mix of sleet and frozen rain – so, yeah, we left the cold New York winter for sleet in the desert. Deciding to make the best of it, we started down the first trail. After about 5 minutes the sky completely cleared and the sun was shining. Once the sky cleared, it ended up being the perfect day. The high I got just from being in nature, taking photos, and reveling in the space was so great. Even going back and editing these photos was a calming reminder of that easy feeling of being immersed in nature. Time moves slower; no cell service meant no distractions.