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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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Apr 12, 2008 - Las Vegas Strip and Hoover Dam

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...

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The Nelson's Travels

Mar 25, 2008 - Hoover Dam, NV

Hoover Dam was very much a tourist destination. It took us almost 45 minutes to drive across the dam due to bumper to bumper traffic. The dam itself was not very impressive to me…I think Shasta Dam is more impressive. The history and the lives impacted by the building of the dam touched me. Knowing and watching the documentaries prior to actually seeing the dam… looking at the canyon walls and imagining the men hanging from them. Wow…if only we add such challenges today. My only thought is that we are a generation of wimps…as I sit in our...

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Mar 6, 2008 - Hoover Dam

We depart mid-morning for a visit to the Hoover Dam. We did not drive over the Dam on our way here, because we heard only cars are allowed. The security has really increased after 9/11; when we traveled from Laughlin to Vegas, there were large signs indicating trucks, rental trucks, buses and vehicles towing trailers are not allowed. They even have radio station information in regards to security measures on Hoover Dam. Hoover Dam is only a 40 minute drive away; we drive through the small town of Boulder City, which is quite busy and has a...

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