|Pinwheel near the Desert Living Centre at the Springs Preserve|
Arriving at the Springs we all loaded up for a ride on the train that circles the park on the 2.2 mile Exploration Loop Trail through 110 acres of native habitats and historical and archaeological sites. The train and trail were decorated for Halloween and Dia de Muertos complete with devils, skeletons and ghosts.
These decorations kept the babies amused while the older kids learned about the beginnings of Las Vegas. The narrated tour talks about the importance of the Springs artesian wells in the development of the valley and to the railway.
We all learned about Mrs. Stewart, the widow who sold her ranch and water rights to the Union Pacific Railway and is known as The First Lady of Las Vegas. A strong woman who was pregnant and left with four young children when her husnad was killed in a gunfight.
|Shipwrecks around the world|
|Building their own town|
|These lizards tell you their temperature so kids can see the effect of light and dark coloring|
|Desert cottontail hiding in the shade|
|Are we there yet?|
|I wonder if glue would help?|
|Woodfire pizza for the adults|
|Cheese pizza for the kids - each of them got a huge portion plus a soda in a take home cup|
|Wonderful view of the mountains from the cafe patio|
We had a great day and can't wait for our next visit.