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Friday, April 9, 2010

South of the Virgin River, NV - LMNRA

Driving south on the Gold Butte Road.
Clouds loom over an old sign.

The Virgin Mountains provide a dramatic background.
A cloud front passing over Black Ridge, Little Virgin Peak and the FWC.
A first we were headed for the Virgin River Landing but after seeing vast groves of Tamarisk ahead and looking at the topos on my laptop it seemed Fisherman's Cove would provide a better camp.
Entering an unnamed canyon on the way to Fisherman's Cove.
The official "end of road."
We hiked about 1/4 of a mile down canyon to a place named "The Narrows." Not a dramatic as the Narrows in Zion NP. This area was once underwater and the bluff in the background was an island.
Lake Mead Water Level: Updated: 04/08/10
Max. Elevation (ft): 1,229 Current Elevation (ft): 1,100
Max. Surface (acres): 162,700 Current Surface (acres): 89,500
Feet Below Max.: -129 Percent Full: 42%*
More information: Bureau of Reclamation
Weird to be camping in what was once Fisherman's Cove.
We found clam shells on old shorelines and ripple marks high up on the canyon walls.
Leaving the LMNRA.
Our intent was to drive on to Hell's Kitchen but we didn't have enough gasoline for the entire loop. A thief had stolen our gas cans at the end of our last trip.
We pass by the old sign once again and read the reverse message.
On to St. George to purchase gas cans and then drive on to a location deep in the Arizona Strip.

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