Friday 14th February – Hoover Dam

Last time I came (20 years ago – does that make me feel old!), the main road went across it; now there is a separate bridge. We walked across the top and then went inside. It is huge and a real testament to the spirit that built America.

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There are train tracks everywhere in America:

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Just to prove I was there:

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Stephen and Cinthia:

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It’s a long way down!

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The dam is the state line with two different time zones on either side:

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The spillway in case the lake level comes up – last time it was this high was 1994:

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This was one of the bypass tunnels they built when building the dam and is now an overflow pipe:

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There are a lot of cool statues:

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There are 8 miles of tunnels inside it and it is really odd seeing so much water in a desert. We did the tunnels tour:

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More train tracks:

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This is out of one of the vents a third of the way up the dam:

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This is a map of the Colorado river basin from its source in the Rockies down its mouth in the Gulf of Mexico:

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Huge traffic jam on the way back:

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There was a huge queue to check in so we grabbed a half hour Philly Cheese Steak sandwich and went on to the Directors’ caucus where we informally discuss issues arising for 3 hours.

It’s Valentine’s day so there are scantily clad women dancing in the casino that we have to walk through to get to our rooms and unlimited drinks for $20. Vegas is great for a few days but I went to bed instead of gambling the night away.

View from my bedroom:

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