We left Las Vegas on Monday morning and started toward our next major destination (you’ll have to wait for Phase 3 to find out where!) On our way, we knocked out something I’ve always wanted to see in person…Hoover Dam.
From the beginning, this was planned to be a short visit. Working for our local Flood Control District, I’ve been on several dam tours and been inside the seeping underworld. And in my research, I had already learned quite a bit about Hoover Dam and its interesting construction. But I’ve always wanted to SEE this giant marvel of engineering. We had planned to go the Visitor’s Center and see it from the bottom, however, GPS took us another way, which was good enough for us, as we hadn’t planned to spend more than an hour or so here anyway. We were very anxious to get to our next stop…wherever that might be!
We went through a thorough security checkpoint where they made sure nobody was strapped underneath our car or hiding in the back seat. Whew, we were all clear! Just down the road, we parked in a small lot with maybe one or two other cars – it was not very busy on this Monday morning. We took a short walk up to the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.
I borrowed this photo from asbi-assoc.org to show how massive it was. And windy. REALLY windy!
We walked out to the middle of the bridge and tried to take some selfies (it was so windy, my phone almost blew out of my hand, and as you can see, it was a very long way down!) and more pics of the record low levels of the reservoir. While there was a pedestrian walkway on the bridge with a 5-foot concrete wall dividing the walkway from the highway, there were a ton of 18 wheelers whizzing by, some of which thought it would be fun to honk their horns when they passed. Funny…the second and third time. The first time, not so much, lol!
Hoover Dam was quite a magnificent sight to see, and I’m so glad we made the time to stop and see it.
Todd and I got back in the car and headed to our next stop…
(Thanks again, Beth, for your entertaining report. Stay tuned for Phases 3A and 3B – coming soon to a family blog near you 😉)
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