|The Hoover Dam. Wanted to see this my whole life!|
We had been traveling along the Snake River for some time. The Snake is one of the nations biggest, most powerful rivers, and not surprisingly, one of the most exploited. It provides the water and power to a large portion of the desert Southwest, and Las Vegas could not exist at all without it.
It is the Snake river that winds down from the north and cut it's way through the country, creating the Grand Canyon. It's a tremendous river, it reminds me of the Columbia River at home. Just like the Columbia, several hydroelectric dams have been built to harvest it's power. The biggest of these, the Hoover Dam, created behind it the impressive Lake Mead. It's a gigantic water resource for recreation and more importantly, a water source for millions of people and the cities they live in.
|My fears confirmed, Lake Mead is at horrifically low levels.|
As we approached Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, I was curious to see if all of the hype I had been following in the news was just that: HYPE, or reality. Sadly, I must report that it appears to be at least as bad as I had read, and perhaps even worse. I have no idea how the people in the area feel about it. Are they concerned? Are they actively trying to conserve water and power? I hope so. The clearly marked white "bathtub ring" around the lake is proof that cannot be refuted; The lake is draining.
|Our excellent, inexpensive spot at Boulder Beach campground|
Only $5 night with our America The Beautiful Pass!
The park wasn't crowded at all and we were able to select from many different spots. There were no hookups, these parks almost never do have them, but as I always comment, we certainly don't need them with our Lance. We have the solar panels and the radiant Olympian heater, and big water and waste tanks... we just don't need anything! It opens up a HUGE amount of resources for us to stay overnight just about anywhere.
This park had an RV dump station and a place to take on fresh water so this made it an extra cool spot. Next door, in the RV park with full hookups, they had a clean laundry facility so I was able to get in there and do our wash. Just can't beat that!
|Shipwrecked floating bathrooms, a common sight, really bad.|
We visited a local marina, actually a HUGE marina full of boat slips and businesses, there were a couple of cafe's there on the water and several boat servicing businesses. We walked out the long ramp to get out there, just to check things out.
|Too bad Carp aren't good to eat. They are THICK in the warm|
lake around the docks. They beg for food and follow you around.
Well, off to Las Vegas after this. We will be staying right on the strip at the RV park next to Circus Circus like we did last time.
More soon!! Love, Mom.
|You can see how far you have to walk and then the long road|
down to the water level. It's really obvious that something
has got to change or this lake will be no more.