Category Archives: Things to do around Meadview

Swimming in the Colorado at Pierce Ferry

We had SO much fun yesterday!   It was the perfect late afternoon to head to the Colorado for some swimming and just clowning around.    Here’s a short video:

Even I swam, although only for a few seconds after I accidentally walked off the sandbank into deep water.   I saved my beer!

It wasn’t too hot, no crowd to battle (why am I even posting this????) — we felt like we owned the Colorado.

No toxic algae scum as at South Cove, the water was cooler, it was so perfect.  Except for that one giant horsefly that kept attacking us.   I wish the park service would get those cows out.

It also would be a good idea for the NPS to run a rope or two across the river downstream from the beaches so that swimmers don’t end up in the rapids.  How much can that cost?

And why are “personal watercraft” prohibited?   Is an air mattress a personal watercraft?

Now that Lake Mead is turning into toxic algae scum I really don’t want to swim in it anymore.

SWIMMING ADVISORY ISSUED AT LAKES MEAD, MOHAVE

Dogs often DRINK the toxic water and therefore are more likely to get seriously ill and even die.

Blue-green algae blooms: How toxic waters affect pets

Dogs as sentinels: Blue-green algae brings toxic mystery to Minn. waters

… She was the 18th dog in Minnesota to have died from suspected blue-green algae poisoning since the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency started tracking the issue a little more than a decade ago. …

The article goes into great length describing various possible causes for blue-green algae in MN lakes such as nitrogen and phosphorous runoff from farming.  I have found nothing about possible causes for the algae in Lake Mead and can only assume that it has to do with the lower lake level and warming of the water.

Since Mohave County couldn’t possibly CARE LESS about water quality in our lakes there is no tracking and in fact, residents and tourists have no idea that algae can be so toxic.   I have never seen a warning sign at the lake or read about it anywhere.  Just searched the Kingman Miner and I found nothing.

Draining Lake Powell is the only option I see to reduce the algae:

Lake Mead officials are fending off a water war — IGNORE Lake Powell

Obviously, I’d keep kids out of Lake Mead too.

Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 6 pm today in Meadview

I’ll be there and I’ll try to take some pictures, but the flash on our camera doesn’t work most of the time … we’ll see. Baked goods by the Meadview Quail and I’ll bring some fudge with entirely vegan ingredients: organic cocoa, organic coconut oil, organic agave syrup, almonds and pecans.  Even Jose can eatContinue Reading

Saturday 11/24/12 High Desert Gardening Club fund raiser at the Meadview Community Church

This Saturday at the Community Church in Meadview 540 W. Hualapai (follow the signs) 9 am to 2 pm. The gardening club & co-op is selling various plants, provides free literature and FREE DVDs with the incredible documentary Genetic Roulette, the Gamble of our Lives. We’ll also have a table for High Desert Permaculture withContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Had a great Gardening Club meeting at Canyon’s End (Ken’s Pizza)

We had our first meeting at Canyon’s End yesterday in the front room and it worked out really well!  We brought a TV and DVD player for the videos and the room is just the right size for meetings for the 15 or so people we had attend. Our next meeting will probably be atContinue Reading

Crazy traffic on Diamond Bar

We went sightseeing last Thursday up on the mesa and on the way back down we got caught in the Skywalk tourist traffic.  Cars were overtaking us and then each other: It’s a miracle there aren’t more accidents. Obviously, the plants along the road are in terrible shape.  Covered in dust.  Many died. The dirtContinue Reading