Another visit to Hoover Dam with Maria, my Puerto Rican Girlfriend
Boulder City Travel Blog› entry 7 of 13 › view all entries
We left our hotel - The Residence Inn Marriott hotel at about nine thirty in the morning. Apparently my colleague Maria is an early riser, she was up at 5:00 am watching TV at the lowest of volumes. I was the designated driver for the day so I decided we needed everything we could get to make our road trip interesting as well as comfortable. The heat alone made me think of ice, cold water cold coke, cold orange, cold foods and everything COLD, men!
We left the hotel and tended north on 15 then east on 215 to highway 93, which would take us all the way to our next exit (Kingman, AZ). It took us about 28 miles to get to Hoover dam where the heat was like that at high noon it was, for luck of a better word, a ‘destructive’ kind of heat. I was very excited to be going to Hoover dam, which was one of the attractions I dreamed of seeing since I was a child in grade school.
The 2006 Grand Canyon tour originated from Las Vegas where I had been visiting a family friend. The bus tour took a greater part of the day to the Canyon and back by nightfall.
This time, I thought to myself, being the driver will definitely give me an advantage of where and how long to stop ha-ha! My colleague was excited too, so it made it all the more interesting. What struck me as very phenomenal was the fact that a bridge is currently under construction over the dam.
The Hoover dam, located in the southeast of Las Vegas was named after Herbert Hoover (I heard all this from the PA on site). It said that Herbert Hoover was a big part of the construction during his time as the secretary of commerce. Later on Herbert became the president of United States.
I must admit my concentration was very low as the heat made it difficult to concentrate on what was being said, let alone stand in one place for more than a couple of minutes. Maria and I walked from the second parking lot from the main highway and down towards the visitorâï¿½ï¿½s center from where we could see waters from the Colorado river, the turbines, control towers, reservoirs. Lake Mead is the reservoir that was created behind the dam to conserve the overflow of water from the Colorado River.
Above the monument stand a huge flag pole that flies the flag of the United States, a symbol of honor and appreciated as well as a salutation to the bravery of the workers who lost their lives while working on the dam.
Lunch lasted 40 minutes and we hit the road again. Our next stop was for dinner at 4:00 p.m. in Ray, phoenix we had dinner at the Texas BBQ House. An hour later, we hit the road again arriving in Tucson at quarter to seven. All in all, it was a wonderful, inspiring, interesting, exciting and adventurous road trip. You should try it, but with the gas prices sky rocketing, you might want to consider buddy system and sharing the gas bill, ha-ha!!
PS: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain.