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  • Day14

    Departing both Death Valley, and California, we headed for our final destination - a return to Las Vegas. Before we handed back our rental car, after nearly 3000 miles, we had one last stop for a tour of Hoover Dam.

    Due to traffic, we headed down the Lake Mead road instead of the freeway and were treated to wonderful views over this NPS-managed, man-made lake that was a result of the construction of the Hoover Dam.

    The Dam itself, whilst appearing miniscule from the air, is of huge proportions, over 700ft tall and needing more than 3 million tonnes of concrete to create. We toured some of the pipes which carry up to 96,000 gallons of water per second, and the turbines. Outside, walking over the Dam, the intense heat meant touching railings or even stone walls was a game of chicken!
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  • Day14

    Heute stand eigentlich nur fahren auf dem Programm. Wir wollten nach Pahrump Kilometer runterreißen und über die Route 66 und den Hoover Staudamm fahren (und natürlich runterspucken). Im Motel in Flagstaff haben wir ein richtig geiles Frühstück bekommen und das nicht für teures Geld. Also die Nacht am Grand Canyon war die teuerste und sicher nicht die Beste. Keine Frühstück, scheiß Wlan und Fernsehen. Für das Geld eigentlich ne schlechte Leistung. Bestens gestärkt und guter Dinge sind wir dann aus Flagstaff gestartet. Wir sind super durchgekommen und es war nix los auf der Straße. Und wenn wir die Strecke nochmal fahren sollten lieber über den Highway als die Route 66. Das war aus meinen Augen völlig fürn Arsch und ich habe es mir deutlich spannender vorgestellt. Naja abhaken und nicht mehr machen... So gegen 14 Uhr waren wir am Hoover Staudamm und das war der heißeste Ort auf dieser Reise an dem wir je waren. 44 Grad und null Wind oder Schatten oder sonst irgendwas das es erträglicher gemacht hätte. Selbst das Wasser aus den Trinkspendern war warm... Dort habe ich es noch geschafft zu spucken Pauline hätte am liebsten nur geweint aber selbst dafür war es zu heiß. Wir haben dann schnell paar Bilder geschossen und flott wieder zum klimatisierten Auto mit dem wir noch eine gute Stunde weiter Richtung Westen nach Pahrump gefahren. Las Vegas war wieder die Hölle los und es war echt nervig zu fahren. Dann lieber alleine hunderte Kilometer durch die Ödnis. Angekommen sind wir dann nach 320 Meilen in Pahrump bei unserem billigsten Hotel. Das Saddle West Hotel and Casino war unsere Unterkunft. Wir mussten also wieder durch ein Casino zur Rezeption aber was wir auf diesen 20 Metern gesehen haben war der Hammer. Das Durchschnittsalter war gefühlt 93 und ich habe verstanden warum die Sauerstoff in die Casinos Pumpen, nämlich damit die ganzen Rentner ihr Sauerstoffgerät auf dem Zimmer lassen können:D So viele Rollatoren und Rollstühle auf einem Haufen habe ich noch nie gesehen und ihr wisst ich habe mit dieser Materie eigentlich zu tun... Das Zimmer ist auch so groß, dass man mit dem Auto (oder eben dem Rollstohl) drin wenden könnte. Also alles bestens und das sehr billig und als Zwischenstop super geeignet. Vielleicht gehen wir ja später noch zum Bingo um das Klischee von diesem Hotel komplett zu bedienen... Jetzt liegen wir aber erst mal am Pool und entspannen bei ca 38 Grad und ich schreibe dieses Zeilen. Wir werden aber bald wieder ins Zimmer flüchten oder zumindest in einen klimatisierten Bereich da dieses Heiß/Kalt Gewechsel uns beiden nicht so gut tut. Aber nach dem Death Valley durch das wir morgen fahren sind wir ja wieder in Gefilden die Pauline vom Klima her besser gefallen. Und ich freue mich noch Mega auf den Yosemite Nationalpark. Wird bestimmt geil!Read more

  • Day2

    Wow!! Amazing feat of engineering! Lovin' the art deco!! Crazy how low the reservoir is...kinda scary! Enjoyed the air conditioned tour 500' below the surface. Pushing 90 degrees by 9:30am - not used to this! Chugging water and hounding the kids to do the same. Ranger warned us that kids dehydrate much quicker than adults. Bought a variety of True Lemon flavor sticks to make water more inviting - no sugar or dyes! Mom win!!

    My scavenger hunt (152 items that I put together before we left) has gone better than I hoped! The boys dove right in and have a nice little competition going. Double mom win!! :-)

    RV is good. Newer model. They've tucked storage everywhere they can - adequate for our stuff, but I've had to be clever stowing stuff. Tom has driven the whole time so far. I unpacked on our way to Lake Mead last night. On our way to Kingman now for lunch, then I'll have my first stint.
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  • Day10

    On our way from the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas we stopped at the Hoover Dam. We took a tour which included a movie about the making of the dam and a guided tour of the power plant, which was 500 feet down inside the dam. It is very impressive. The base of the dam is over 600 feet thick!

  • Day1

    We started our day with a tour of Hoover Dam. They don't pre-sell tickets on line so you must get there and get in line early. We stayed the night at Boulder City to make getting there easier on us. The fact that we were in Nevada and on Pacific Time made getting up even easier (2 hour time difference). So, we were parking at the dam around 8:15 and walked straight to the visitors center to get our tickets. They don't open their doors until 9am with the first tour at 9:30. There were already people lined up when we got there; 32, Scott counted. At least we were standing in the shade since it was already 85F. When the doors opened at 9am the line was twice as long as when we arrived. We quickly went in and through security (like at the airport) and got in line. We got the first available tickets for 4 for the dam tour - 11am. Wow! I am glad we got there as early as we did.

    We spent the time watching the movie and wandering around the visitor's center. We even went back outside to walk across the dam and take pictures outside before meeting up for our tour. The first part of the tour is the power plant. We rode a large elevator with 40 people down to the intake pipes within the sides of the Dam. Our tour guide did a good job of giving information and impressing on us how amazing this structure is. We then continued on to the turbine room on the Nevada side. The place is so clean and neat looking and hums continuously. After some information about the power plant, we split from the power plant tour and joined our guide for the dam tour.

    We walked through some tunnels and talked about the first tours of the dam back in the 40s. In order to make the tour spectacular, they dressed the parts open to the public in Art Deco splendor. The floors are terrazo marble with inlaid native american motifs. The lights and doors were aluminum which was very fashionable at the time. The first tunnel was lined in subway tiles (light colors to make it feel more open). It was definitely beautiful and I can imagine all of the fancy tourists being amazed at the richness of the interior of the dam.

    Our tour continued into some not-so-pretty tunnels where we got to look out from a ventilation shaft in the side of the dam. We also looked up and down the stairs that lead from the very bottom to the very top of the dam. Looking at the stairs made me appreciate the cramped elevator even more. The tour ended by coming back out the original entrance elevators. Again, this area was very richly designed in Art Deco motifs with marble tiles and solid brass doors. Gorgeous!

    The tour itself really made me appreciate the engineering marvel that they accomplished. The dam was completely early by nearly 2 years and under budget. It was a joint effort by six major companies working together and it brought six states together in agreement over the water rights to the Colorado River. It would never be done if it were proposed today. It makes me proud of our history and our country.

    After lunch in the Dam Cafe where we all had Dam Burgers, and a stop at the Dam Shop for a dam t-shirt for Jeff, we started on our way to Zion National Park. It was a three hour road trip through ever changing rock. It is so desolate and arid and inhospitable and yet so wonderful. The stretch through Arizona called the Virgin River Canyon was especially spectacular. You can see the power that water has had on the land.
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  • Day31

    To be seen in lots of movies. It was constructed between 1931 and 1935 and controversially named after President Herbert Hoover. Walking from one side to the other side of the dam you State hop between Nevada and Arizona. Kann man in vielen Filmen sehen. Der Damm wurden von 1931 bis 1935 gebaut und nach President Herbert Hoover benannt. Wenn man von der einen zur anderen Seite des Dammes laeuft, kommt man von Nevada nach Arizona oder anders herum;-)Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

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