August 25, 2010

A Passing Tour of the Hoover Dam

Here are some things you should know about the Hoover Dam:

1. For many people, the Dam alone is not worth a road trip. "Wha?!" I'm sure you're screaming at your monitor. It is a historical site of great importance, to be sure. And hey, still in working condition! It's impressive to see. Yet, a quick drive-by--maybe a behind-the-scenes tour--is probably enough for the average tourist. Of course, I am excluding Keene from the "average" group, since he is fascinated by things like power lines and generators and all sorts of other functional components which make Hoover Dam like Disneyland for him.

2. It's in the middle of the desert. I'm sure everybody knows this. Anyone planning to visit should know this. The day we visited, it was 107 degrees. You could probably slow-cook a chicken at 107 degrees. Especially if you also made the chicken walk up hundreds of stairs first, which leads me to...

3. In order to get a good look at the dam and spillway, you have to park far away and walkwalkwalkwalkwalk and go down many stairs, and most importantly, go back up many stairs. In 107 degree heat. And if, like us, you don't think ahead and don't have water, this is a miserable feat.

So, because of this, I'm only going to present pictures from a drive-by of the Dam. If you're disappointed, I demand that you re-read the three bullet points again.

You didn't think the area around Hoover Dam was pristine, like it had been embedded in a mountain while maintaining the natural beauty of the surrounding area, did you? Power lines, everywhere.

Daredevil power lines, even.

When finished, this enormous bridge will give tourists an unimpeded view of the dam--and, hopefully, will not cause distracted drivers to veer off this impossibly high ledge.

This is where we got out to get a better look at the spillway and the pretty reservoir.

Now, just because I said the Hoover Dam alone wasn't enough to warrant a road trip, I do wish we could have stayed longer, taken that tour. As it was, we were tired, hungry, thirsty, hot, and ready to be home.

And thus concludes our California trip.

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