Through the Southwest US travel blog

PINK OLEANDER BLOSSOMS

HOOVER DAM SIGN

VIEW OF LAKE MEAD

HIWAY 93 BRIDGE OVER CANYON

DISCHARGE FROM HOOVER DAM


Wednesday, we decided to camp at Boulder Campground in Lake Mead National Park. Our choice was between a concessionaire campground where the RVs were lined up like a big parking lot but they had electric and water hooks and the National Park campground where it was a dry camp but there were beautiful oleanders surrounding each campsite. Wasn't a difficult choice to make since we could run the generator when we absolutely had to have air conditioning and in the mornings to make coffee. We spent one night there and then drove back to see Hoover Dam. It was almost as crowded as the San Diego Zoo was, but we walked across the bridge, gazed down (a long way down) at the water looking deceptively quiet on the intake side and swirling and boiling where it came out and headed down the Colorado River.

After that, we drove through Lake Mead Park to Echo Bay campground. It was a starkly beautiful drive through desert and mountains that varied from a soft dove gray through every imaginable shade of tan and rusty red to hills so dark brown they were almost black. I was especially intrigued with the way the rock layers varied. We knew they had to have been laid down horizontally, but they have been squeezed and lifted until they run in all sorts of directions from the original horizontal to almost vertical. Makes you wonder at the forces that caused such compression.

Echo Bay campground is also plentifully supplied with oleanders that separate all the campsites, and they have an irrigation system that runs every morning to keep them happy. Apparently they can get all the water they want from the lake.



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