If you have a little time between straightening up the family room and washing the dinner dishes, how about going for a little ride? Gary and I had a great weekend up in NW Arizona and of course I have lots of pictures to share. My plan is to give you the Reader’s Digest Condensed Version and then if you REALLY have the time, you can check out the whole set at your leisure. So pour yourself a cup of tea, grab a couple of those snicker doodles, and come along for a ride!
Drive from Phoenix to Kingman
Since this was all “new road” for us, I was busy documenting the changing scenery. Through the desert, into the mountains, around the curves – it was a great drive!
Snow on the mountains-
Then finally snow all around us!
It was a great drive, and the weather report was promising a bright and clear (though pretty cold) day for our next leg – Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. We settled into our campground in Golden Valley and started pulling out our hats and gloves and long underwear!
Hoover Dam Day
We started out pretty early (it was over 60 miles to the dam) and were met with a lot of fog. But that can present its own beauty –
This road pretty much only goes to the Hoover Dam, but along the way was Willow Beach. Since we had failed to allow for the time change we had a little time to kill, so down to the water we went!
I don’t know who was going to get into those kayaks – the guy driving the boat was wearing a down jacket!
Anyway, back to the main road –
And finally the Hoover Dam was in sight –
We opted for the BIG Dam Tour – a little pricey at $30.00/ea (a little pricey???), but we felt that it would be worth the investment. Sadly, we were wrong. Though it was interesting, it certainly wasn’t $60.00 interesting! But that, as they say, is water over the
The new bridge has a way to go – 🙂
The water in Lake Mead seems a little low – but it was beautiful nonetheless.
Which brings us to
The drive north along Lake Mead started close to the lake
(this was where we stopped for lunch. Sweet!),
but soon starts going through the mountains –
The colors along this drive were amazing
But that was just the beginning. We exited Lake Mead National Park through
The Valley of Fire State Park
Spectacular red rock formations –
and generally eye-popping scenery –
made for a wonderful drive.
We eventually made it over to Route 15 which we took south to Las Vegas.
We can now say that we’ve driven through Vegas – but we were too tired to take any pictures!
But you might want to get a fresh cup of tea before you start clicking on those links!