We rolled right past the glittering skyline of Las Vegas just past lunchtime, and followed Highway 93 to the turn-off for the Alan Bible Visitor Center, our first stop at Lake Mead. A fee of $15 got us vehicle access and boat launches throughout the area for a five day period. We launched at Lake Mead Marina, a full-service facility near the visitor center. With QUADRASTEER, backing down the boat ramp was much easier due to the reduced turning radius, and our trailer followed the truck's path more closely, handling tight turns and maneuvers nicely. Our first destination was a short run around the Boulder Islands and up a narrow finger where the Hoover Dam can be seen, which was completed in 1935 and is less impressive from the lake side than from Black Canyon, more than 1,000 feet below the dam on its downstream side.