Winter in Las Vegas with Valley of Fire State Park Visit

After three months of non-stop travel from Florida to Nevada in our self-converted van with lots of exploring in Colorado, Utah we welcomed a winter-break for work in Las Vegas and enjoyed the change in pace and environment. After living in a small van for three months, it was great to stay at a studio apartment with a real kitchen, a toilet and hot water! Which is a luxury when living minimally in a van.

Spending the winter in Las Vegas is a fun way to enjoy mild temperatures, plenty of sunshine and lots of great outdoor activities from hiking, running, biking, swimming, kayaking, outdoor workouts and more. On our time off we loved camping and hiking at Valley of Fire State Park, trail running in the Las Vegas hills and surrounding desert and wild camping at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

These were our favorite running and hiking trails in and around Las Vegas:

Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area, and Calico Basin Trails:
https://www.hikingproject.com/directory/8013577/calico-basin
https://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/wp-content/uploads/rrckeystone2017_vfin-web.pdf

Valley of Fire State Park:
http://parks.nv.gov/forms/Valley_of_Fire_Map_1_SE_HWY_162_NET_otln_reduced_2014-02-10.pdf

Hollywood Regional Park (with the adjacent Hollywood Aquatic Center):
https://www.clarkcountynv.gov/parks/Pages/hollywood-parkinformation.aspx

Clark County Wetlands Park:
https://www.clarkcountynv.gov/parks/Pages/cc-wetlands-park-homepage.aspx

River Mountains Loop Trail:
https://rivermountainstrail.org/

Lake Mead – Multiple Trails:
https://www.nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/hike.htm
http://npmaps.com/lake-mead/

Pittman Wash Trail:
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/nevada/pittman-wash-trail

Our favorite Las Vegas Vegan-friendly Restaurants:

Violette’s Vegan Organic Cafe and Juice Bar:
https://violettesvegan.com/

Vegenation:
https://vegenationlv.com/

Simply Pure:
http://www.simplypurelv.com/

Veganos Kitchen:
https://www.facebook.com/VeganosKitchen/

Mint Indian Bistro:
http://www.mintbistro.com/

Turmeric Flavors of India:
http://www.turmericflavorsofindia.com/

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Sustainable Living: Austin Orchards Fruit & Vegetable Farm in Garfield, Texas

Our travel through Texas led us to Austin Orchards, a beautiful small family friendly orchard in Garfield just outside of Austin.



The farm grows peaches, pomegranates, figs, blackberries, strawberries, plums, pears, oranges and vegetables and generates multiple types of jams, and canned goods. The orchard uses only natural and pesticide free practices and the fruits, veggies and goods are sold at local farmers markets as well as directly to local restaurants and vendors in Austin and Dallas and the surrounding area: https://www.facebook.com/austinTXorch…

Our travel through Texas led us to Austin Orchards, a beautiful small family friendly orchard in Garfield just outside of Austin. The farm grows peaches, pomegranates, figs, blackberries, strawberries, plums, pears, oranges and vegetables and generates multiple types of jams, and canned goods. The orchard uses only natural and pesticide free practices and the fruits, veggies and goods are sold at local farmers markets as well as directly to local restaurants and vendors in Austin and Dallas and the surrounding area: https://www.facebook.com/austinTXorch…

We had a great time visiting Austin Orchards and were so happy to spend a night at this beautiful farm thanks to the Harvest Hosts program: http://harvesthosts.refr.cc/wandergreen

During our stay we had the honor to speak to Manager Justin Sawyer who showed us around the orchard and educated us on natural growing practices, cutting and up-keeping of trees, pesticide free farming practices and more. We tasted and bought a few jars of their delicious Peach BBQ sauce, Peach jam and Peach butter and learned so much from Justin who is also a full-time RVer and currently works on Austin Orchards as the farm manager. Check out is blog here: https://ratpackdrifters.com/

Austin Orchards is a member of the Harvest Hosts Program which is a unique program offering overnight stays for RVers and self-contained Vanlifers at over 600 participating farms, wineries, breweries, distilleries, museums and golf clubs. For a $79 per year membership fee the hosts allow for an overnight stay on their land at no cost while members are encouraged to drink, eat or shop at the host’s establishment before going to sleep on their property. It’s a win-win situation that provides for unique experiences, learning opportunities and social exchange that make for wonderful memories. For more info visit the Harvest Hosts website: http://harvesthosts.refr.cc/wandergreen

We had some amazing camping experiences thanks to this wonderful program and highly recommend it!

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Sustainable Living: Interview with Owner/Chef at Vegenation, Vegan Restaurant in Las Vegas

We had the honor to interview Donald Lemperle, Executive Chef and Owner of Vegenation, a community-based vegan restaurant in Las Vegas. Donald talked about the sustainability of food sourcing, veganism and the environmental impact of food choices, health benefits and trends of the vegan lifestyle movement.

 

 

On our travel through Nevada we stayed in Las Vegas for a couple of months and filled our bellies in the vegan Vegas valley. We frequently visited Vegenation and loved their inventive creations, the fresh and delicious food, their sustainable community approach and the friendly staff.

Their menu is 100% plant based and the restaurant is working with local small businesses to source beer, booze, coffee, tea, artisan vegan cheeses and seasonal herbs. The vegetables and fruits are grown locally in Nevada by school garden programs, community gardens, and freight farms and also sourced from farms of the neighboring State of California. Vegenation believes in sharing positive vibes, giving awesome service, being kind to the planet, being change makers and doing things creatively.

Currently, Vegenation has two restaurant locations in Las Vegas.
Please visit their restaurant for a delicious meal and check out their website for more information: https://vegenationlv.com/

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Downtown Farmers Market, Grand Junction, Colorado

Here is our visit to the Grand Junction Farmers Market in Colorado. We loved the locally grown produce and sustainably sourced products.

Some of the local specialties we bought and loved were the freshly roasted peppers, home made pasta and vegan ice cream, the famous palisade peaches, fresh made pasta, handmade soaps, and locally sourced produce, spices and herbs. We really loved this market with its relaxed atmosphere.

The market takes place in the middle of downtown on Main Street between June and September on Thursdays from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

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