Tuesday, March 22, 2016

March 22nd- Lake Mead - Battleship rock (#21)

In the middle of our 7000+ km road trip we decided to take a "day off" and we spent two nights in Callville Bay Campground. I went for an afternoon paddle out along the shore of Lake Mead (to avoid paddling withdrawal symptoms!). The wind was quite strong throughout the paddle, mostly around 10 knots, but at times probably 25 knots. It was neat to paddle a desert shoreline, and freshwater for a change. The lake level is over 100 feet lower than its max level in July 2000! It was impressive to see how much difference that would make to the shoreline.
I have a temporary link to the GPSVisualizer site that shows good detaiul of the shore: http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/display/20160403133453-32227-map.html
I had to work hard against the wind on the way out and then had the NW wind at my back for most of the trip back. At times I was almost surfing, but paddling back into Callville bay was hard work!
I would enjoy paddling Lake Mead again. I think there are lots of places that one could camp. St this time of year there are hardly any boaters around. I saw one other boat during my entire trip!
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13 km, YTD 235

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