Las Vegas Strip and Hoover Dam
Apr 12, 2008
|Carla here—today we drove out to Lake Mead to take a tour of Hoover Dam. I’ve seen pictures of Hoover Dam and I know it is large, but seeing it up close—WOW—is all I can say! We walked up to the overlook, taking many pictures like this one
On the Hoover Dam tour we took an elevator, stuffed like sardines with 40 people, down to the power plant. The tour went over the intake pipelines
then on to the power plant
The picture of the power plant, really doesn’t convey how large those generators are. We learned that Hoover Dam is designed to last two thousand years. I hope is does, because it is holding back a lot of water. From the power plant we went into the dam itself.
In this picture we are deep inside the dam about halfway down looking out a vent towards the Colorado River.
After touring the interior of the dam an elevator took us back up to the top
Pete took this picture of Lake Mead and the intake towers above the dam. If you look closely at the photo you might notice that Lake Mead’s water levels are very low.
In June 2010 the Hoover Dam bypass will be completed, so traffic won’t have to go slowly (15 MPH) over the dam.
It was supposed to be completed late this year, but a windstorm last September caused construction cranes to collapse and halted work until the cranes could be rebuilt. As you can see from the picture the bridge will be very HIGH
I’ve also included a couple of pictures of us on the Las Vegas Strip. We’ve gone to the strip three times and I’m disappointed. When Pete and I were here about four years ago there were lots of free shows both in and out of the casinos and the tram between several of the casinos was free. Many of the free shows are gone, replaced by bars or restaurants or under repair or have been converted, upgraded into a paying show. We all agree that Caesar’s Palace is our favorite because of its size and the many structures/artwork/statues all over the casino.