Hoover Dam, Lake Mead

I come to Vegas every year, so nothing about Vegas here.

Hoover Dam is $10 for parking.  Engineering masterpiece.  There maybe extra admission for a tour going inside to see the hydroelectric turbines.

https://www.nps.gov/articles/nevada-and-arizona-hoover-dam.htm

Updraft is strong.  Don’t pour water over the side.  It will fly back up and hit someone.

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In June, Lake Mead feels like Death Valley.  I’m not exagerating.  Boulder Beach is not a sand beach.  It is more like desert meets water, with no in between.  The beach is pulverized rock, the kind of dust you encounter in the desert.  $20 / vehicle entrance fee.

Water is refreshing, though, but the sun is overwhelming at 100+ deg, and no shade structures.  I assume they don’t want trees absorbing water, and evaporating it through greater surface area through the leaves (only half sarcastic).

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There are plenty of campgrounds are mostly empty in June when I was there, but ATT LTE is strong there, as well as Verizon LTE.

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