We had time to take the Jeep over to Hoover Dam, where Pam saw it for the first time, and I was amazed by the changes created by the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. We walked across the dam, admiring the size and views. The water behind the dam is WAY down due to years of drought and increasing human demand. I saw several pictures comparing the water level to 1985, when Lake Meade was full. Last time I was here, in 1968, it was full also. The tour of the guts of the dam was sold out for the day, so it was off to the beach!
Well, sort of. Boulder Beach is an area where you can drive right down to the waters edge, through a huge field filled with rocks, that used to be under water. The temperature was 103 degrees, the wind was picking up, and it was just as hot. Lake Meade water is snow melt runoff, so the water is cold under any conditions, but it still felt great. It was very clear, but fishy smelling. We were in and out of the water many times, taking small doses of cryotherapy, when we weren't getting blasted by dusty, desert air. Overall, the experience was enjoyable, and the freezing body parts, was offset by the beautiful scenery of multicolored mountains and blue waters.
|On the road and leaving Las Vegas and it's 103 degrees!|
|Drainage ditch/bike trail|
|Information about the changing of Lake Meade water level.|
|Tunnel on my trail|
|Because you are riding your bike when it's 103 outside and you're in the Mojave Desert!!|
|Overflow tunnel - obviously not in use now!|
|Looking down from the dam at the power plant.|
|Road that goes across the dam|
|In memory of those who died making Hoover Dam|
|Looking over at the new Pat Tillman bridge that keeps traffic off of the dam|
|Looking out at Lake Mead - the white on the mountains is what is exposed from the lake level going down.|