Saturday, October 18, 2008

Boulder Beach

  • We also did other things while at Boulder Beach, such as some hiking and biking and kayaking. Some of us even went to Vegas. There is an Historic Railroad Trail which goes from a trailhead on Lakeshore Dr, to Hoover Dam. Of course it follows the old railroad bed, which brought supplies in while they where building Hoover Dam. The last train ran in 1961 and shortly after they tore out the rails. It is 3.5 miles one way. It is another 2 miles one way from our campground. One day I biked the trail, and the next day I hiked the trail (from the trailhead only).

We saw bighorn sheep while on the bike ride.

Here is a view towards the first of five tunnels you go through on the trail.

And here is below Hoover Dam.

The day we arrived was a full moon. I learned that a true full moon only happens when the moon rises at the same time the sun sets. It was a great night for a moonlight kayak. And of course we were all hungry, so we went for a prime rib buffett at a nearby casino.

One day Max and I drove into Vegas, the Strip, just to see what had changed. Lots of construction going on and new casinos going and many old casinos are gone. The Frontier, which used to be next to Circus Circus, is now a thing of the past, as is Aladdin. We parked at Bills Casino (used to be Barbary Coast), and walked up to the Venetian where we saw the actors above singing and performing. Then we walked across to Caesar's Palace and watched a show there. And of course we had to stroll through Las Vegas's Margaritaville. But the show we really came into town to see was the Star Trek Experience, which we found out closed Sep 1, 2008.

1 comment:

Barbara and Ron said...

That bike trail sounds like fun - it's going on my list.