Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lake Mead NRA, NV - 11/13/14

Thursday – November 13, 2014
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Boulder Beach Campground
Boulder City, Nevada

We departed Mather Campground at the Grand Canyon National Park at 10:45 a.m. This is a perfect time to depart the Grand Canyon; the daytime temperatures are in the low fifties and nighttime temperatures are in the high twenties. We need to get to warmer weather…quick!

We stopped in Williams, Arizona to visit the train station where visitors can ride a train to the Grand Canyon. During warm weather, the train is pulled by a steam engine and in cold weather by a diesel locomotive engine.

We had a very delightful lunch at Pancho McGuillicuddy’s, a Mexican restaurant!The restaurant is located adjacent to the Red Garter Bar! A very colorful town indeed!

We then stopped at the William Visitor’s Center to gather some local history and learned the longest portion of the legendary Highway 66 runs almost parallel to I-40 from Exit 139 (Ashfork, AZ) to Exit 51 (Kingman, AZ). The town of Williams was the last town to be bypassed by the Interstate in 1984.

No need to even think about it! We exited I-40 at Exit 139 and traveled on Highway 66 to Exit 51 at Kingman. On this route the traveler passes through Seligmen, Arizona. What a thrill! It is as though time has stood still here. The buildings, automobiles, everything, transports the visitor back to an era in the 1950s. We were so happy we decided to travel this route.

We arrived at the Walmart in Henderson, Nevada at 6:35 p.m. We had Sharon’s doctor send her prescription to this Walmart. This is so convenient while we are traveling to have Walmart fill our prescriptions. We also stocked up on a few groceries while here. Signs are posted throughout the parking lot: Absolutely No Overnight Parking for RV’s or Trucks Allowed. That killed our idea of spending the night there.

No worries! A quick check of our ALLSTAYS Camp and RV Android APP provided us with the Boulder Beach Campground located within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The campground was only about 10 miles away. A quick stop at a Home Depot for an item and we were on our way. We arrived at the Boulder Beach Campground at 9:00 p.m.

The campground has 154 sites, most with paved pads. The campsites do not have hookups. Some sites have paved pads. There are several water spigots dispersed throughout the campground. There are several restroom facilities with flush toilets. There are no showers. There is one dump station located adjacent to the campground. Quiet hours are 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. No restrictions on generator usage outside those hours.

Camping Fee: $10.00 (50% discount with Golden Age Pass)
Campsite: 44

Total miles traveled today:
Route Traveled:

South on Utah highway 64 to Williams, Arizona
West on U.S. highway 66
West on I-40
North on U.S. highway 93 to Henderson, Nevada
South on U.S. highway 93 to Boulder City, Nevada

Tomorrow another adventure begins.

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