Our family recently took a trip to Las Vegas to see George Strait in concert. Before Chance leaves on his mission, we wanted to let him see George one last time. George could retire before Chance has the opportunity to see him again as he will spend two years in England.
On our drive down to Las Vegas, we stopped at The Valley of Fire State Park. It is literally in the middle of the desert. And astoundingly beautiful. There are petroglyphs on colored rocks that stretch off into the distance. We went for a hike to a place called Mouses' Tank which is a basin that collects water each time it rains.
The pamphlet with information about the area explains it like this:
"Mouse’s Tank is named for a Southern Paiute Indian renegade (“Little Mouse”) who used Valley of Fire as a hideout in the 1890’s after he was accused of killing two prospectors and other crimes in the area. It is named ‘The Mouse’s Tank’ because an alleged Southern Paiute Indian renegade named ‘Little Mouse’ hid out there in the 1890’s. He was accused of gunning down two prospectors and many other crimes. "
Our family climbed up and around the area that Little Mouse had inhabited over 100 years ago. There were pockets of water that had filled in natural basins created by the rocks and you could see why it would be a good spot to hide out.
We hiked up above the basin where water had gathered and found a crevice in the mountains. Chance climbed up inside the crevice and slid back into the shadow of the rock. Then he put his sheath knife that he had on his belt into his mouth and waited for me to go by. It was a little creepy I have to say. He looked like an outlaw hiding from the authorities. And like he might just jump out and kill you as you walked by.