I still haven’t figured it out…
Driving back to Las Vegas from the Grand Canyon, we drove over the bypass highway in view of Hoover Dam at dusk. It is pretty at night, isn’t it?
Many years ago, I had been at a conference in Los Angeles and met my girlfriends in Vegas for a few days before flying home. Back then you could wander the whole dam, which we did on a side trip. The old road you used to be able to drive over the crest of the dam is only used by dam visitors after 9/11 security restrictions and increased traffic in the area.
Even last week as we were traveling through the area, there was a news story of a man in a “homemade armored truck” with a rifle that shut down one of the access roads for several hours! https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/man-holed-up-in-armored-truck-on-hoover-dam-bypass-bridge-arrested/amp/
Formerly known as Boulder Dam, the structure is pretty imposing up close and Lake Mead, created by the backed up Colorado River, is gorgeous. But you can see by the light sides along the lake how far down the water level is. It’s only 40 percent filled because of drought and water usage.
There are still tours you can take of the dam, which is owned by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, and sits on the Nevada-Arizona border. When you consider this massive structure was built during the Depression and created thousands of jobs for otherwise unemployed people, it was a pretty amazing undertaking to provide flood control, hydroelectric power and water to Southern California, Arizona and Nevada.
We visited the South Rim, in Arizona, right outside of Bright Angel Lodge and cabins one day during the week we were in Las Vegas. It is just breathtaking and peaceful and inspiring. I hadn’t been since I was a child and it’s just incredible to see.
Our guide said it’s 277 miles one direction, 18 miles the other and a mile deep. All that created by the raging Colorado River five to six million years ago! You can still ride a mule down into the Canyon and stay at the Phantom Ranch Hotel then ride back up the next day. As if 😂
Yep, we went to Ben & Jerry’s in Las Vegas.
No, not really! Those are just a couple of college girls who make money posing with gullible tourists… I gave them $20 for a pix. After all, as they said, they are just poor students putting themselves through UNLV! (That’s the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus). I know their mothers must be so proud! It was 107 degrees that day so they really were dressed for the heat…
And on to the next job. I’ll have more pictures soon!
This song always makes me wish I’d been in Las Vegas during the old glamour days. You know, when the Rat Pack and young upstarts like the late, great Bobby Darin were performing. But I’m on my way there tomorrow for a grown up family reunion with my side of the family. If I hit it big, I’ll leave your ticket at the airport!
See you next week, one way or the other…