Lake Mead and Hoover Dam

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September 20, 2008 —  Today we dipped our hands in Lake Mead while enjoying the scorchingly dry air, then stopped and gazed down at the marvels of the Hoover Dam, and then drove very fast past Las Vegas (neither of us likes this place but that’s not why w drove so fast — it was just to keep up with the traffic), until we came to the last town in Nevada on Rte 15, called Mesquite. Nice quiet stay with an outside pool and temps around 100. We almost stayed a second day. But Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon were calling to us.

 

Lake Mead

Lake Mead

This trip is full of surprises. We spend a lot of time driving on roads that go up and down and in and out of canyons.  In this case, we took a spontaneous left off of Hwy 15 before the Hoover Dam.  We road down a curving, sandy, barren road.  I started wondering if this was such a good idea. Then, poof!  We see the most beautiful color lake.  Oh, and the air was so hot and so dry.  I would have loved to have rented a boat right there and then but I was afraid our fair skin would be burned to a crisp!

 

After our brief visit to Lake Mead, Hoover Dam was disappointing.  

 

Hoover Dam from lookout above

Hoover Dam from lookout above

This is not exactly your Hollywood image of Hoover Dam.  If we had taken the tour then we would have been able to see the dam wall from inside — now that’s more like Hollywood.  We chose not to do the tour — it being a Saturday it was very crowded and it probably would have been too much walking for Carl’s foot.  Rather save torturing his bad foot for things like Bryce Canyon or Zion National Park!

 

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BTW Just finished reading THE SHAPE SHIFTER by Tony Hillerman — inspired to download this e-book while driving through the Navajo Nation and I was right — it is much more fun to read Hillerman when you’ve seen the places or at least know where they are located — and can stick your finger in some Pinyon sap and smell it (the sap plays a role in the mystery). Actually, I’m ready to go explore more Navajo Nation.

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