Wanting to enjoy another week of beautiful, warm weather, Andrew and I decided to head back to Lake Mead area. We found a great location for camping. It is further from Vegas, which allows less people and trash. Every day the lighting presented us with an almost artist-like view of the lake and mountain backdrop, which is absolutely perfect for reflecting on the power and beauty of nature.
While in the area, we decided to explore Valley of Fire State Park. Thankfully its a dog-friendly park, so we hit a few trails with Ame. Along the Mouse’s Tank trail, we saw hundreds of petroglyphs and several unusual sandstone formations (see the Starship Enterprise formation picture). White Domes trail followed a path along a slot canyon and through a narrow passage. Finally, Fire Canyon Road offered us some of the best vistas overlooking contrasting sandstone colors.
Another day while staying closer to home, Andrew, Ame and I went exploring around the lakeshore. We started by wandering through a few other potential campsites. From there, we wandered down into the rock beds. Andrew noticed several locations where layers of gypsum were embedded into the dirt. It created striations of sparkling crystalized gypsum and mud. We also came across some unique rock art, include a fish, bird, and bridge.
No stay in Lake Mead is complete with out a glimpse of Hoover Dam. We made an afternoon trip to check out the dam. While on our sightseeing expedition, we learned a few things, like go with an empty trunk/roof-rack because security is tight, bring pets isn’t encouraged because they aren’t allowed on the dam and its against Arizona law to leave them in vehicle(even on a cool day) and see the dam in the late afternoon because the lighting is spectacular.
With the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaching, it is time to move back to Colorado to spend time with more family.