Hoover Dam

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Here we are, Hoover Dam

I wanted to go on the Hoover Dam tour, but Tyler and Dawn were anxious to get to the Grand Canyon, so I was outvoted.  Not a big deal, but I was disappointed we couldn't even get into the visitor center unless we signed up for the tour.  The security is understandably much more heightened since I was here in '98, and we had to pull over and allow the truck to be searched prior to heading over the dam.  Tyler and I removed the cargo net and tarp off the bed of the truck, and opened all our tote boxes to show the security officer our gear.  I showed him the most dangerous things we had were the propane cannisters for our cooking stove...he smiled and waved us through! 

 We parked in a lot near the dam on the Nevada side and walked over.

prepare to be searched!
We took some pictures near the visitor center, then walked across the dam into Arizona.  The dam crosses both the state line and a time zone, but because Arizona does not subscribe to daylight savings time, it was the same time on both sides.

We walked by the spillway on the other side, and I was amazed by the lack of water here.  Eight years ago, there was water running over the spillway, now it was so dry and empty, there was grass growing in an area that used to be 20 feet underwater! Now every time I watch the weather channel, I root for rain in Arizona!   The rock walls around the dam were bleached white, indicating the previous water levels.

We stopped in the gift shop there for some iced tea and souvenirs, then headed back to the truck.  We then drove across the dam, and spent most of the rest of the day driving across the state headed towards the Grand Canyon. 

WaltJake says:
No, we were able to get a stamp in the gift shop... we just didn't go inside the dam
Posted on: Apr 18, 2016
jostravel says:
Does that mean you missed out on a stamp? Surely they can give you a stamp :(
Posted on: Apr 18, 2016
vances says:
Next time you get in this neighborhood, head north a wee bit to visit Valley of Fire State Park. Pales in grandeur to many of the national parks you enjoyed, but a beautiful spot that has a wealth of petroglyphs.
Posted on: Feb 09, 2007
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Here we are, Hoover Dam
Here we are, Hoover Dam
prepare to be searched!
prepare to be searched!
parking lot was built to match the…
parking lot was built to match th…
new stairwell and escalater leadin…
new stairwell and escalater leadi…
The water level has dropped signif…
The water level has dropped signi…
notice the barriers they have put …
notice the barriers they have put…
looking down at the power plant
looking down at the power plant
long way down!
long way down!
bleached rock from the old high wa…
bleached rock from the old high w…
Tyler rolled a penny down here
Tyler rolled a penny down here
The dry spillway
The dry spillway
no water!
no water!
looking down into the spillway tun…
looking down into the spillway tu…
not the case now!
not the case now!
last time I was here, only the top…
last time I was here, only the to…
very bleached rock
very bleached rock
not much water left, to create the…
not much water left, to create th…
bone dry!
bone dry!
how low can you go!
how low can you go!
You cross a time zone when you cro…
You cross a time zone when you cr…
A statue outside the visitor cente…
A statue outside the visitor cent…
sign in somebodys car window!
sign in somebody's car window!
On to the Grand Canyon!
On to the Grand Canyon!
Hoover Dam
photo by: Sunflower300