Monday, October 6 (continued)
It’s not a long drive from Valley of Fire to Lake Mead. Tonight’s stop is Lake Mead RV Village at Boulder Beach, it’s quite a mouthful.
The RV park here is nothing special. It’s large with numerous RV sites set up in various “streets”. Site are concrete with gravel between them, they’re packed pretty close together, and the restrooms while clean are dated. There are permanent residencies too, or possibly they’re trailers to rent complete with little yards and landscaping. The whole place looks a little old and tired, and despite the name there is no beach access. More overnighters show up after us, but the park stays more than half empty.
The intense hiking the past day has left us both feeling pretty tired, so instead of going out for a walk we jump back into Bertha and motor on over to the Hoover Dam.
Security measures have increased at the dam which I guess only makes sense, but we get waved through the gate without a fuss. I was unsure if we’d actually get to drive over the dam itself, online reports were a bit vague, but as it turns out we can! How neat.
On the Arizona side we park and walk back across to get the full scope. The visitor’s center and shops are closed for the evening, but I’m okay with that. I love the vaguely art nouveau stye of the place. The woman’s restroom on the dam has a gold colored entryway and the walls are a shiny lime green. It’s got to be the neatest bathroom I’ve seen in quite a while. And yes, I got pictures.
The size is mind boggling, kind of like the Grand Canyon on a man made scale. It must have taken a lot of effort to build in the 1930’s. The Colorado River level is very low due to the prolonged drought, but it’s still inspiring to look at. I’m glad we came out here.
Tuesday, October 7
Well, as long as we’re here might as well go see Boulder Beach. Julie and I hop into the truck and drive the mile or so down to the water.
The lake levels are very low, and we’re the only ones at the beach. The shoreline is rock and mud and littered with trash. Signs caution visitors to keep shoes on at all times because of broken glass from bottles thrown overboard when the water level was higher. The sky overhead is gray and dreary. Today I’ll be fine with moving onward, if I’d had any desire to go swimming it’s passed.
Even though the beach isn’t what we’d hoped for, there are still interesting things to see. Offshore, a large flock of water fowl mingle, it’s impossible to tell the species at this distance. Three fresh cut flower garlands have floated into shore, perhaps from a wedding elsewhere along the lake. And lower water levels have revealed more rock formations to look at. After taking our fill of the view, it’s time to get back to the RV and hitched up for the next destination, stay tuned…
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