|Lake Mead Cruise and Bighorn Sheep
Near Hoover Dam in Nevada
I went to Las Vegas area in Nevada to attend my classmate reunion in the second week of November 2006. In
our classmate reunion program, on Tuesday morning, November 7, 2006, we went on Lake Mead Cruise near
Hoover Dam which is about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas. There are colorful waterfowl near Lake Mead
Cruise Landing as shown in these two pictures.
A big bird, probably a hawk, show up in the sky
There are many waterfowl and big fish near Lake Mead Cruise Landing. These waterfowl are about the size of
typical ducks. Some of these fish are bigger than the ducks.
Some big fish are carps, but some others have long stripes and are not carps
Some of my classmates on upper deck chatting and enjoying the Lake Mead Cruise
Colorful lake shore desert mountains
Lake shore desert mountains
Enjoying lunch box on the lower deck of Lake Mead Cruise
Lake shore black mountains
During the cruise, we saw several desert bighorn sheep, Nevada's state animal, on the lake shore mountain
slopes. We saw the head and the big horn of a male desert bighorn sheep on the lake shore mountain as
shown in this picture. The body of this sheep is behind the rock
One of several female bighorn sheep on the lake shore mountain
Two more female bighorn sheep on the lake shore mountain
On Monday, November 6, 2006, I went to Hemenway Park in Boulder City to get a closer view of the desert
bighorn sheep, Nevada's state animal. This park is only a few miles from Hoover Dam and from Lake Mead. It
has nice green grass in this desert area, is near the mountain and attracts many wild desert bighorn sheep to
come down from the mountain to this park to eat the grass. The male has big horns and the female has small
horns. Local people told me that they have seen as many as 60 bighorn sheep grazing the grass in this park.
The male bighorn sheep eating grass
After finishing eating grass in Hemenway Park, this pair of male and female bighorn sheep is going back up the
harsh desert mountain
Hemenway Park has a nice view of Lake Mead. Visitors can park their cars at the parking lot and sit leisurely
on the benches of picnic tables to watch bighorn sheep grazing on the lawn in the park as shown in this picture
and the next picture.
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Four years later, I had a chance to come to visit Hemenway Park for the second time on the afternoon of June
Wow! There were at least 50 desert bighorn sheep grazing on the lawn in this park as shown in this and the
Some of the bighorn sheep were resting in a shaded area. A local people told us that he saw about 200
bighorn sheep in this park last year (2009).
Closer look of the male bighorn sheep with big and curl horns
A picture of me (Sing Lin) at Hememway Park with many wild desert bighorn sheep in the background - This
photo by May Lee
Our 10-Day 2010 Tour Route of Southwest USA is a large loop starting and ending in Las Vegas in Nevada,
USA. The sequence of fantastic Point-Of-Interest (POIs) on this large loop is:
Las Vegas in Nevada --------> Kolob Canyon in Zion National Park in Utah ---------> Cedar Break National
Monument in Utah --------> Red Canyon State Park in Utah --------> Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah
--------> Scenic Byway 12 through beautiful Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument in Utah --------> Scenic
Burr Trail and southern Part of Capital Reef National Park in Utah --------> Goblin Valley State Park in Utah
--------> Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah --------> Canyonland National Park in Utah ---------> Arches
National Park in Utah --------> Goosenecks State Park in Utah --------> Monument Valley in Arizona -------->
Antelope Canyons in Arizona --------> Glen Canyon Dam and Bridge over Colorado River in Arizona -------->
Horseshoe Bend of Colorado River in Arizona ---------> Navajo Bridge over Colorado River in Arizona
Scenic Highway 89-ALT from east to west along beautiful Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona
--------> Grand Canyon - North Rim in Arizona --------> Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada --------->
Hemenway Park in Boulder City in Nevada ---------> Las Vegas in Nevada.
Part 1 on Spectacular Antelope Canyon is at the following web page:
How I use information age technologies to enhance my enjoyment greatly of sightseeing large driving tour
loop of thousands of miles and of one to two weeks in duration covering many Points of Interest is described
on my web page at: