Road tripping to Tucson...visit to the Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam Travel Blog

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Me at Lake Mead

We started the road trip around 7AM (UNHEARD OF!!!) and stopped first (eventually...after a few detours) to pick up Melissa (Melissa919) in Vegas to complete the road tripping crew.  Seems all the others had cancelled out for various reasons; some valid, others a little sketchy.

At the start of the trip, I got my first glimpses of Lake Mead, followed by our first stop on the trip at Hoover Dam on the Nevada - Arizona border just outside of Vegas.

Hoover Dam is one of the most impressive structures I have ever seen...and it will get even more impressive when the construction on the new bridge is completed, giving full views down onto the dam.

Yes, I'm here!
  Seeing this bridge under construction is a marvel in itself...I can't wait to see this when it's done!

In actuality, what we did was slow down as we started to cross the dam and I jumped out of the car and walked over the Dam, taking some pictures, and them met back up with the vehicle parked on the other side of the dam.  Turned out that I had to cross the road a couple times as the front walkway was closed in the center with some security type guys standing there.  Why?

Well, I soon found out, there was a training exercise going on and someone was rappelling down the dam!  Ugh...that really puts the size of the dam into perspective!  And kinda makes one suffer a little vertigo if not careful.

A few more pictures, and then we continued down alone highway 93 through Kingman and Wickenberg to Phoenix where we would stop for lunch.

 

metsbwd says:
Ok...Ok. Updated to 7AM! Sheesh! The fact remains...we still got lost getting to Melissas, and we still had to hire five sherpas to load the car for two nights!!!
Posted on: Nov 16, 2008
Melissa919 says:
OMG LOL!!!!!!! I am already cracking up!!!! I only read the first paragraph. 8am unheard of??? lol! Brett if you only knew...this was amazing that I actually had my bags packed and I was not upstairs putting makeup on or deciding on what earrings to bring. Seriously, I deserve some credit for being ready! =P
Posted on: Nov 15, 2008
poohstanggt says:
Yes....we left at 7:01am!!! I was in the car RIGHT ON TIME...despite both of you saying "hurry up" and Mel got in at 7:01!!!! We probably left Melissa's around 8 though! LOL
Posted on: Nov 15, 2008
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Me at Lake Mead
Me at Lake Mead
Yes, Im here!
Yes, I'm here!
Lake Mead
Lake Mead
Lake Mead
Lake Mead
Lake Mead
Lake Mead
The new road at Hoover Dam, under …
The new road at Hoover Dam, under…
Lake Mead
Lake Mead
Me at Lake Mead
Me at Lake Mead
Lake Mead
Lake Mead
Melanie enjoying the view
Melanie enjoying the view
or is that Bart Simpson?
or is that Bart Simpson?
Me and Erin
Me and Erin
The road trip trio...Melanie, Meli…
The road trip trio...Melanie, Mel…
The bridge at Hoover Dam under con…
The bridge at Hoover Dam under co…
The bridge at Hoover Dam under con…
The bridge at Hoover Dam under co…
The bridge at Hoover Dam under con…
The bridge at Hoover Dam under co…
Dam it!
Dam it!
Oops...did I not stay in vehicle?
Oops...did I not stay in vehicle?
Dam
Dam
This is going to be so cool when d…
This is going to be so cool when …
Thats steep...
That's steep...
Nevada...
Nevada...
The road on Hoover Dam
The road on Hoover Dam
Lake Mead behind the Hoover Dam
Lake Mead behind the Hoover Dam
...And Arizona
...And Arizona
What the...!
What the...!
Yup...it is!
Yup...it is!
Hes Crazy!!!
He's Crazy!!!
Um...a little steep...
Um...a little steep...
Just a little speck...
Just a little speck...
Almost down...
Almost down...
View of the entire dam area
View of the entire dam area
Dam, this is a nice view.
Dam, this is a nice view.
Hoover Dam
photo by: Sunflower300