Our wedding was a picnic at Hemenway Valley Park with a guest list of family, friends and bighorn sheep. The polite sheep stood just off the grass until my new husband and I shared our matrimonial kiss. Food and games followed the ceremony while the sheep watched and grazed. Grateful hearts, full bellies, and cheeks sore from laughing ended that day nearly sixteen years ago. It was the perfect beginning for our lives together.
We often return to our park to relax and enjoy the bighorn. Their bright white rumps glisten in the sun and accent their various shades of brown and gray hides. Large sets of curled horns adorn the rams’ heads making them the most sought after stars of the park. It seems, like movie stars, the sheep understand what the locals and tourists are doing. They take turns posing to allow the perfect shot to be captured on film while keeping a safe distance from their excited fans. The park is famous for these magnificent rock climbers and the wildlife doesn’t stop there. An observant eye can catch flashes of rabbits, quail and native birds but the illusive coyote stays hidden.
The park also features a wonderful view of nearby Lake Mead. The mountains surrounding the lake are surreal, appearing to be a massive movie backdrop, changing colors and moods with the water and light.
Encompassing nearly ten acres, the park consists of gazebos, playgrounds, tennis courts and horseshoe pits. Year round celebrations are made even more enjoyable because of the rest rooms and drinking fountains. This diverse location draws people of all ages and walks of life especially artists and photographers busy capturing breathtaking views and some of life’s most precious moments. Come celebrate life at Hemenway.
It is trulyMagic in the Desert!