Hiking Anniversary Narrows, Lake Mead

When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time at Lake Mead.  I grew up nearby, and the Lake was a cheap outlet for entertainment.  I remember one summer my mom took my brother and I there every day. 

Now, if you know Lake Mead, you know that it may just be the un-prettiest lake there is. It’s a lake that, quite honestly, was never meant to be.  It’s man-made; the result of Hoover Dam.  The water is pretty from a distance, as all water is, but up close, the beaches are a mix of rock and sticker bushes (no exaggeration).  It is a desert after all.  But it was fun.  (When it’s 118 degrees outside, you’ll settle for anything wet — even if you do step on a cactus on your way to the water.)

All this is to say that I have been pleasantly surprised by some of the amazing geography in that area.  My hiking adventures have taken me to places I never knew existed, places that prove Lake Mead is more than a reprieve from the heat.  It’s actually quite beautiful. And here’s one of my latest discoveries:  Anniversary Narrows — a cool slot canyon and old mining area randomly plopped in the midst of barren land.  I love these discoveries.  I really do.

(We passed by an old dam.  The dam is pretty much non-existent at this point, but the remnants are still there.  This block was from that dam, dated March 20, 1930 — even prior to Hoover Dam.)

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