|The beginning of the ride, with Beez in the distance|
Even though I understand the need for flood control in a place that can get a lot of its annual rainfall in two or three good storms, I am still fascinated by the fact that a great big earthen dam stretches across the desert city of Las Cruces.
I checked out some of its statistics, found in this report:
- The dam can hold back 12,500 acre feet of water (one acre-foot being the amount required to cover one acre to a depth of one foot)
- It's three miles long and up to 67 feet high
- The crest of the dam is 20 feet wide and used by walkers, joggers, and bike riders
It's an interesting ride. Looking up toward the mountains, you see desert scenes.
In the other direction, it's all urban with distant views of more mountains. That's Picacho Peak on the left. Our house in nestled in the rural area of the fertile river valley at its foot.