After leaving Virgin Tuesday, we stopped at Government Wash in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area for a few nights, along with Debbie and Annie. From our spot we could see a bit of what is left of Lake Mead.
After a 16 year drought along the Colorado River Basin, the water level in Lake Mead has dropped to an all-time low this year, at only 37% of capacity. Such a shame.
Annie left us the next day to head back home to LA, while Jim, Debbie, and I went for a hike through the Bowl of Fire. This area is smaller than nearby Valley of Fire State Park, but contains the same colorful red-orange Aztec sandstone.
There is no real trail but you just walk up a rocky, sandy wash for a couple miles.
There were some big boulder obstacles in a few places, but nothing too difficult.
Approaching the bowl, the colors become more varied.
Jim and Debbie in the bowl.
It was a fun place for our last red rock hike of the year.
On Thursday we took a ride into Henderson, NV for lunch at PizzaRev, where you create your own pizza, similar to Subway. They have a huge selection of toppings to choose from, and the $7.99 price includes almost any of them you want. We really liked it. Then it was a stop at Trader Joe’s.
On Friday we moved on a couple hundred miles south to North Ranch, the Escapees park near Congress, AZ. This is our first time here, and although the sites are just lined up in a huge gravel lot, it served its purpose to get laundry done and wash the months of caked-on mud off the Subaru. $20/night for full hookups.
We also took a long walk on the BLM land behind the park.
Nice mountain views.
Today we’re sadly parting ways with Debbie as she heads to Casa Grande and we spend a night in Phoenix to hopefully get our three fogged windows in the Lazy Daze repaired tomorrow. Then on to our usual, McDowell Mountain, for a couple months.