Today, we took our Vietnamese Sandwiches on a little car ride with us! To the glorious Lake Mead we ventured, guided by our trusty iPhones (what would one do with a paper map anyways). Not only did we bring our sandwiches along for this venture… but we also brought our bikes!!! Joshua, the avid cyclist that he is, aims to teach me everything he knows about cycling in preps for one very special June Lake Triathlon this July. There’s actually quite a large triathlon community around Las Vegas and especially Lake Mead… so we’ve heard.
Once in the park, with our Annual Parking Pass purchased, we were on the hunt to find two things; the “beach” and the main bike path. The bike path was very easy to find as it runs alongside the main road… the beach took us a moment longer. Coming from Southern California, “beach” isn’t exactly how I’d describe the lake’s edge that we did find, but being that we are smack in the middle of a very DRY desert I’m thankful for anything that’s remotely damp. The Lake Mead waterfront and beach is quite beautiful in it’s own windy and rocky way. The stark, rich, ever-changing colors of the desert’s sand and rocks is one thing that might always intrique me.
AND my first bike ride was a success… well, somewhat! Being that this bike ride was the very beginning to some much needed exercise and training on my part, I tired out pretty easily. The bike ride was definitely a quick lesson in drink lots of water (literal gallons per day are necessary in this climate) and don’t over-exert yourself in the heat of a desert day. But the bike was wonderful… smooth and fast; and the bike path around Lake Mead is awesome with just the right amount of curves and hills to keep things interesting. I look forward to using up that annual pass to explore many other elements around Lake Mead… and Boulder City, just outside of Lake Mead, which had a ton of wonderful looking thrift, antique, and indian artifacts stores that you know I’m going back for!!!