Friday, 12 March 2010
March 12, Day 33 Friday, Valley of Fire State Park to Kingman, AZ

We retraced the Northshore Road as the scenery looks different when you go the other way and with almost no traffic it was much more relaxing than going through Las Vegas.  I had a chance to check out 2 more marinas whose boat ramps were high and dry with the water down about 100 feet from the more normal water level. Boating on Lake Mead would be a challenge with such fluctuations. At Hoover Dam I learned the spillways have only been used once in 1983 when the water level was reaching the top of the dam. The photo shows how low the water is above the Dam. Security is tight with every bin and the inside inspected. The traffic jams crossing the dam are huge, because of the inspections, the narrow road with pedestrians crossing at will, and this is the only road that crosses the Colorado River and heads east to Arizona for many miles. We had lunch at the dam, toured the Power House and watched a 1931 presentation using a very large model of the Colorado River basin on why the dam was built. Tomorrow we will go to Sedona.

Posted on 03/12/2010 10:02 PM by Bob Duthie
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