Monday, April 02, 2007

From Arizona to Nevada over the Hoover Dam

Ed & I packed up the motorhome for the season and left Tucson five days ago. Our route took us through Phoenix with an overnight stop in Congress, AZ, halfway between Tucson and Las Vegas. Congress, just a few miles from Wickenburg, is home to the North Ranch RV Park owned by the Escapees RV Club. Escapees is designed for full-time RVers and most of their parks are in scenic locations and impeccably maintained. We stayed here for over a week four years ago. I remember how the setting sun lit up the mountains in shades of pink each evening.

From Congress, we headed northwest through Kingman, AZ and on into Nevada via Rt.93 over the Hoover Dam. About seven miles before reaching the dam, we were stopped with all RVs for a cursory search, which took about five minutes. A new bridge is being built and should be completed in 2008 to allow traffic to cross the Colorado River south of the dam. After 9/11/01, the need for this increased security at the dam is understandable. Here is the back side of the dam, seen from the Arizona side.

Crossing the dam in the motorhome was exciting because our panoramic windshield afforded great views all around. I shot these photos through the glass so there is some reflection. This view is looking back at the front of the dam from the Nevada side.

And the result of this dam on the Colorado River? The creation of Lake Mead, a prime recreation area.

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