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North America » United States » Nevada » Lake Mead July 19th 2015

Beautiful day at Lake Mead...... read more
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North America » United States » Nevada » Lake Mead April 25th 2013

From Cedar City we intended to go to Yosemite Park, through the Eastern entrance, accessible through Tioga Pass. We checked the park's website and called and discovered the pass would not be open until early May due to snow. We decided to head south, taking the scenic Lake Mead recreational area route to Hoover Dam. Getting to the recreational area required us to drive through small towns, slow speeds, and crowded highways. When we arrived at the fee station it was unstaffed (very remote even for staff). It was a very scenic route, desert of course, and had very little traffic. We encountered a couple of brave bicyclists, and we wondered what they would do if they encountered a problem as there were no facilities, water, or cell phone reception. As we headed towards the end ... read more
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North America » United States » Nevada » Lake Mead December 14th 2012

Day trip just outside of Las Vegas... read more
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Hoover Dam

North America » United States » Nevada » Lake Mead July 11th 2012

The temperature was so scorching on this leg! You will see pictures where our car read 119 degrees and we all know that the car only reads 2-3 degrees hotter than it is. I couldn't believe we were even passing through towns with gas stations and trailers in this heat. Who lives out here! We arrived in Las Vegas around 3:00pm (PDT) and it was a whopping 113 degrees outside. We thought our skin would melt. It was horrible. We found the nearest DQ for some ice cream and then called ourselves waiting in the room a few minutes so it could 'cool' off. Dumb thought, right? Well, it was very much NOT cooler in a few minutes. However, we still went to the Hoover Dam and I nearly died. The heat was absolutely unbearable. Oddly, ... read more
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North America » United States » Nevada » Lake Mead May 13th 2011

LAKE MEAD Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a 30-mile ride east of Las Vegas for those interested in water sports. The lake is the world's largest man-made reservoir and provides a wide variety of year-round recreational activities, including: boating, swimming, hiking, scuba diving and sport fishing. The 1.5-million acre recreation area that surrounds the lake is equally unique. Three of the nation's four desert ecosystems meet here - the Great Basin, Mojave and Sonoran deserts. Lake Mead is open year-round. A small admission fee is now required. As with any outdoor recreation getaway in southern Nevada, visitors should bring plenty of water and dress for the season. Lake Mead •Beaches •Swimming •Waterskiing •Boating •Cruises •Rafting •Camping •Lodging •Picnicking •Hiking Trails •Fishing •Visitor Center -------------------... read more
Lake Mead  Rexreation Area, NV
Lake Mead  Rexreation Area, NV
Lake Mead  Rexreation Area, NV

North America » United States » Nevada » Lake Mead May 17th 2010

Lake Mead NRA offers year-round recreational opportunities. Its lakes cater to boaters, swimmers, and fishermen while its desert rewards hikers, wildlife photographers, and roadside sightseers. It is also home to thousands of desert plants and animals, adapted to survive in an extreme place where rain is scarce and temperatures soar. A good place to start your adventure on Lake Mead is the Alan Bible Visitor Center, 4 miles northeast of Boulder City, Nevada on U.S. 93. Information on the park activities and services can be obtained here, as well as books, maps, nautical charts and other necessities. Lake Mead is located in southern Nevada and western Arizona, approximately 25 miles east of Las Vegas at its nearest point, Boulder Beach. By Mail 601 Nevada Way Boulder City, NV 89005 By Phone Visitor Center (Open 7 Days ... read more
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Lake Mead National Recreation Area

North America » United States » Nevada » Lake Mead May 4th 2010

May 4, 2010. We started the following day (May 4) with a lunch at a Chinese restaurant and a brief stop at Nevada's US Postal Office before moving on to the Silver State's southwest. Here, we toured the Hoover Dam, which despite all the lectures and film showings during the tour, all I've managed to recall about it was that it was where the climax of the first "Transformers" movie was set.... read more
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North America » United States » Nevada » Lake Mead June 20th 2009

Alright, here it goes. I shall try to cover my week, as best as I can. :) Ya'll may want to read this in parts, as it will probably be excruciatingly long and not all that interesting. haha. Monday: We met at the office at 8am. I was with one of the other interns and one of the staff and we were headed to Gold Butte, a fairly large desert area in Nevada around Lake Mead. We were the herp team... so we basically spent the entire week going to different points searching for Gila Monsters. We took a bit getting out and then we stopped to eat lunch at one area. At about 1pm we arrived at the first hike site. It was absolutely gorgeous. I think in total it was maybe 5km total. It ... read more
Monday's hike
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Abandoned Mine

North America » United States » Nevada » Lake Mead January 28th 2009

Wednesday 28th January 2009 This was my first hike with an organised group. Las Vegas has many hiking and outdoor groups. I found that group and many other interesting groups (including the UFO spotters) through meetup.com. I met up at the Hacienda Casino on the SW side of Vegas (about 45min drive from our home). It is on the road to the Hoover Dam, only a few miles before the dam. The group consisted of Jeff the guide and about 6 or 7 other hikers. We drove down to the trail head, and started off in to the valley. It wasn't the prettiest valley I have ever seen. Part way down was the wreck of a car that had left the road high above. I talked with Jeff, about how he makes a living as a ... read more
The valley
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North America » United States » Nevada » Lake Mead August 3rd 2008

There was a major construction project going on at the Hoover Dam. A risk audit following 9/11 had shown the dam was a potential target because the main highway went right on top of it. There was a new bridge being built to bypass the dam. You can still go inside the dam on a tour, but the big generator rooms are now off-limits on this tour. The dam was one of the many projects during the "New Deal" that was designed to get the U.S. out of the Great Depression of the 1930's. It required lots of manpower and investment. Maybe the post 9/11 bypass bridge is the modern rendition of the "New Deal" in the 2008 economic crisis. A lot less manpower though. We went on the tour and continued on to the Grand ... read more
W.. and N.. looking down at the dam
Inside the dam on the tour




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