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May 22, 2011 - Best tour by a "DAM SITE".

We leave Route 66 and Kingman and head to Nevada…en route we top at Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. These are the MOST visited sites within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area which encompasses 110 mile long Lake Mead, 67 mile long Lake Mohave and many, many miles of desert around the lake. We pass the recently built highway bridge, that bypasses the “dam “ traffic”. The Hoover Dam, straddling the Arizona - Nevada border, the graceful curve and art-deco style of the 726-foot high Hoover Dam contrasts superbly with the surrounding start...

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Jun 28, 2010 - Hoover Dam

On our way to the Grand Canyon, we crossed the Hoover Dam. Awesome sight! They are building (still) a new road and bridge to bypass going over the dam itself. That will alleviate some of the traffic but takes away the fun of driving over the dam. Tight security with checkpoints at both ends.

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Mar 3, 2010 - Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

When Jerry and I were in elementary school we heard about the Hoover Dam. Today we went to see it. It is located less than 30 miles from Las Vegas and straddles the boundary between Nevada and Arizona. We drove over the dam and parked the car in one of the many parking lots. Work is well underway to build a new highway overpass that vehicles will use rather than driving on the dam. It will be completed near the end of this year. We went on a tour of the dam and learned many interesting things. Down in the bowels of the dam, we got to hear...

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Aug 18, 2009 - Hoover Dam

August 18- After breakfast this morning at the hotel we checked out and walked around the strip some more. We stumbled up on a neat little sidewalk show where a man and his wife were playing and singing. It was a good cool shady area so we decided to sit and watch the show. Really a neat show for free and a great place to sit and cool off for a while. When we left here we started heading for our truck and took some more pictures and checked out some of the little shops along the way. We headed back to the condo in Arizona around 4:00 once...

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Jun 19, 2009 - Jeremy's Visit - Part 1, Las Vegas

On the Thursday after Memorial Day, our son Jeremy arrived to visit with us in Las Vegas. It was sooo good to see him, and we were very happy that he was able to take the time away from work for a vacation with us. After picking him up at the airport, we came back to the rig to relax a little before heading down to the The Strip. There were several free things going on so we thought we’d hit those and it would give us a great way to visit some of the large casinos. Our first stop was supposed to be the Stratosphere which is the tall, space...

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Jan 19, 2009 - My Favorite Engineering Feat

Environmentalists usually oppose dams and nuclear power. I suppose that makes me a contradiction, but how cool is it to look down the upriver side of a dam and see an entire river, stopped in its tracks, each drop waiting patiently for the chutes to open so that it can start those turbines rolling, irrigate a bean plant, jump out of a faucet somewhere, or shoulder a raft through the rapids! I'm an engineer - I can't help it. Now don't get me wrong - I hate the loss of salmon habitat and cringe for the lost canyons that we'll never see...

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Dec 31, 2008 - Day 3 - Hoover Dam

Happy New Year from Lake Mead! We spent our New Year's Eve taking it a little slow and enjoying one of the biggest dams in the country: the Hoover Dam. After running some errands in town, we went up the road all of 5 miles from our campsite to Hoover Dam. We took in the powerplant tour and after our "Dam" tour guide asked if we had any questions, it took everything in my power not to ask him "Where can I get some 'Dam' bait!'" (Sorry for those who don't get the Uncle Eddie reference; rent National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation!) It really...

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Nov 3, 2008 - Hoover Dam

Ye ye I know. It took me a while to get back to this site but time is just running away. Forgive me please. Today we decided to drive out to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. Perfect weather and we can still drive open. It's November and we are still in the lower 80's. The drive was uneventful, through the Desert more or less. We looked at Lake Mead, which is a real boaters and tourist area for people who live in Las Vegas and obviously drove over Hoover Dam It was packed with tourists, like us I guess. We have been there a few years ago and took...

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Sep 27, 2008 - Hoover Dam

On Friday, we went to see Hoover Dam, which gets about a million visitors each year. The place is amazing, the dam is huge and Lake Mead is the most beautiful blue color. The cranes that are being used to build a road across the Colorado River can be seen from the distance and the whole picture just defies the camera with its vastness. The Black Canyon is winding and deep, so you can't see Lake Mead from the dam. We drove through the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which has a marina and a campground an the lake. The wonder of...

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Jul 28, 2008 - Hoover Dam

I didn't realize the Hoover Dam is only 35-40min away from Vegas! Well, at least that is what it is supposed to be if you don't get lost!! wink wink. I realized that down here, nobody shows you/tells you the time (so you don't realize you are supposed to be tired) and nobody tells you the temperature (because you won't believe them). Today...its is 114degrees!!! no...that is not a typo! Can't believe that??? It is damn hot! So, we went to Hoover Dam and tried to take in all its wonder. that is one incredible piece of work!! I loved the fact...

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Jun 30, 2008 - Hoover Dam Day 3

6-30-08 Hoover Dam Decided today would be a good day to go see the Hoover Dam. As it’s only 25 miles away we didn’t need to get too early a start. We left about 9:30 and made stops at the post office and the bank before we headed for the dam. By that time it was pushing 115 Deg! AGAIN! I don’t know how people could stand to live here all the time. I guess you just get used to it. It’s so hot AND dry we’re having to use chapstick to keep our lips moist or else they chap up really fast. It’s truly like walking around in an oven. And the car...

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Apr 23, 2008 - The Hoover Dam

WOW, WOW, WOW! I just got back from Phantom of the Opera. I have never been to an opera before, but have wanted to since I was a teenager. It was one of the things on my list of “things to do before I die,” (like this holiday). I LOVED it! The whole opera house was used as the stage in many acts. There was a massive chandelier over our heads that broke into three large pieces and came (almost) crashing down on us. The phantom came out of parts of the ceiling, there were flames, fireworks, scenery changes that were unbelievable (to me) and...

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