Chaco Adventures: Lake Mead and the road less traveled

Last weekend Hailame and I went on a day trip to Lake Mead, Nevada.  Hailame is the best travel buddy when he is “Adventure Mode.”  He brings the best tunes, we have the best conversations, and he is so great at taking pictures and he especially loves videoing what he sees!  If you want to take a look at our Instagram we share of fun places we go together, you can view that here –> The St. Georgeous Advents.

Map at Moapa


To change things up because we weren’t in any hurry, we took the “road less traveled” and went the back way off the main highway, which was absolutely awesome, spontaneous and beautiful.

Lake Mead Selfie

Our first stop was at Stewarts Point, and it was beautiful and barren.  There were random empty creepy homes scattered randomly close to the “beach” which wasn’t really a beach because the sand when wet was like clay.  Weirdest thing!

We walked down close to the water, and boy was it windy!  I’m so thankful I pulled my hair up for the day.  Hailame likes when I keep my hair down, but when it’s windy my thin stringy hair is impossible, and tangles like crazy!  So props to me for planning ahead!



I dipped my feet in the water, and the sand very spongy and clay like.  I wish I hadn’t tried to get a Chaco Selfie by the water because that clay sand stuff stuck to my Chacos like glue and it just kept building up on my way to the car (not cool!) and of course this was the only time I didn’t bring an extra pair of shoes!



Leaving Stewarts Point, we thought we had seen the main area of the Lake… we were only seeing like an 1/8th of the entire like!  We had no idea what the Lake itself has around 500 miles of shorelines!  What!!?!?!

Stewarts Point

Red Dot (us)… where we were, not realizing how HUGE the lake was!

We fell upon Echo Bay, excited to see that it had a Restaurant and Gift Shop, planning to eat somewhere that we couldn’t find in St. George and finding some fun Lake Mead things…and there was a gas station, store with 7 items for sale and no restaurant… and we wouldn’t have been able to eat anyway because the gas was so darn expensive! Ha!


It felt like a Ghost Town… which is sad because it had a boat dock and beautiful view…  So we filled up our car with the World’s Most Expensive Gas, bought myself some flip flops to replace muddy Chacos (yes one of the 7 items were flips flops), and a post card to send to Mom (more on that later).

Echo Bay

The drive towards Hoover Dam (next planned stop) was glorious!  There would be black and gray hills for days and then out of blue (or red) some gorgeous Red Rocks would be everywhere and then it would be back to black and gray!

One of our favorite surprises was Red Stone Trail-head.  We didn’t stop to walk around because it was windy and chilly, but we took some amazing videos (I wish I had taken pictures).  It was almost as if part of Snow Canyon State Park had been picked up and dropped right there!  Beautiful!

Lake Mead Selfies

I most definitely want to come back to visit Lake Mead when it’s warmer and not so darn windy, but the visit was so worth it!

Hope you enjoy your weekend adventures!

Next Stop…. Hoover Dam (and all the “Dam” jokes that come with it!)

love, hannah jane

About Hannah Janehttp://makingsimplejoys.wordpress.comWife and Best Friend to Hailame, PCOS Strong, Infertility and Adoption, St. George UT, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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