The plan was that we would go with Mick and the 3 of us would go for a hike on the old railway trail. Then we would take the motorhome to the campground and Sandy would meet us there with the car.
Lake Mead and the marina, taken from the Old Railway Trail.
The marina at Lake Mead.
Lake Mead was created by the construction of the Hoover Dam between 1931 and 1936. It was in a very remote area and they had to build a railway line to the site to get all the building materials there. There are five tunnels through the hills to the area and the railway line has now been made into a hiking and biking trail. We only did about 2 miles (3.3 kms) each way, but the trail does go about 7 miles (11 kms) return all the way to the Hoover Dam.
Hiking the Old Railway Trail.
You can see the "bathtub ring" on Lake Mead.
The "bathtub ring" exists because of the mineral content of the water, and when the water level was high it left a residue on the shoreline. The water peaked about 20 years ago and is now coming back from lower levels.
Mick and Sandy's motorhome.
After the hike, we went with Mick over to the campground. It's a nice spot, with $10 dry camping. Got the motorhome set up and had some lunch and a cold beer. Sandy then met us there with the car, and we drove the five miles or so to the Hoover Dam.
The Hoover Dam.
The road going over the dam used to be the main highway heading south from this point. But a new bridge was opened a year and a half ago and now traffic on the dam is just for tourists. The picture above was taken from the new bridge.
Pic of the bridge, taken from the top of the Hoover Dam.
We took Mick and Sandy out for dinner, and thanked them for being such great couchsurfing hosts. They are well traveled and interesting to talk to about their experiences and plans for future travel. We leave here this morning, and we're going to drive down to Primm, Nevada and through California for a bit before returning to North Las Vegas this evening to meet our new couchsurfing hosts Mike and Carol.
Sandy, Mick, and Ruth