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... had a cool little bike maintenance station you could use…you put your bike up on it and then it has a bunch of tools to use and a pump – we were very impressed!
After a quick trip to get some ice for the cooler and more gas, we headed back to the Hoover Dam (only about 4 miles away from Lake Mead car park). We did the Power Plant tour which was $15 each…there was a video to watch at the start about how it all happened, then a ...
... water their cattle. The annual rainfall has decreased from 10 inches to 3 or 4 in the last hundred years. This has made many of the Joshua trees migrate north. We saw many of them when we left the park. The scenery was unreal. It was desert and desert mountains. The mountains were just big rocks piled on top of each other. Just like God had played with building blocks. ...
... cool hike. And I was surprised my legs were fine. I literally haven't exercised since Labor Day, so I was very worried. But I did good.
My next stop was Jumbo Rocks, to do the nature trail I'd skipped the day before. There were lots of really cool rocks, and the afternoon sun was perfect for pictures. I went by Skull Rock again, but there were so many people there that I didn't even stop. I already had people-free pictures.
The end of the ...
... Trail: This was a real nature trail, starting at a big rock mound with a small rock capping the top, and looking like it was about to fall off. Once again, it was in the middle of a big valley surrounded by more amazing joshua trees and more mountains. I saw the coolest joshua tree ever here, branching off on one side in the weirdest shape.
- Keys View: there was a side road up to the top of one of the mountain ridges, with a great view looking down ...
... in and around the rock outcroppings to the Barker dam & pond that a gold miner had built in 1900. We saw some more petroglyphs and headed off to the next trail.
The last adventure of the trip (baring any mishaps on the road tomorrow) was a short hike out to a mill that was used to crush gold ore. There were several old cars, pumps, a wind mill, and the ore ...