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Apr 26, 2018 - Hoover Dam

So yesterday we visited Hoover Dam and found it and the story behind it fascinating. Hoover Dam has no actual address and sits on beautiful Lake Mead with one side in Nevada and the other in Arizona. The first thing that hits you as you drive to it are the massive mountains of rock that surround it .. that they had to blast through to build it. Then you see the huge anchors supporting the mountain and then the dam itself ... impressive to say the least.The security was phenomenal. Random car searches were performed. In addition everyone...

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Apr 7, 2018 - Laughlin and Hoover Dam

. Leaving Morro Bay, Hazel and I headed back East, spending two nights at the luxurious Walmart RV Park in Bakersfield, California, then one night at their branch in Barstow, both excellent, without any hassle, and the prices were right. . We arrived back in Laughlin, this time with 5 day reservations downtown at the Riverside Casino RV Park, $28 a night, a short walk to the casino, a longer walk down the strip to see the other casinos along the shore of the Colorado River. Our friends from North Dakota, Ron and Jenell, would be flying...

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Apr 3, 2017 - Hoover Dam

Well we made it into Nevada. They were calling for high wind with 60- 65mph. I knew that we had to cross the high bridge that bypasses Hoover Dam. I had read how they made vehicles with high profiles use the inside lane across the bridge with out there being high winds. So I wanted to be across it before the wind hit. We camped in the Lake Meade Campground that was setting low in the valley, the bad winds went over top of us. High winds no rain. The weather is still great. We got to take the Power Plan tour and it was good. I had heard how...

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Mar 1, 2017 - Hoover Dam

Mar 1, 2017 We are crammed into this park like sardines. We head out to Lake Mead National Recreation Area which was established as America's first national recreation area. It is a contrast of desert and water, mountains and canyons, primitive backcountry, and busy marinas. Hoover Dam backs up the Colorado River as it flows through one of the hottest, driest regions on earth and created Lake Mead and Lake Mohave. Hoover Dam was built between 1931-1935 creating needed jobs for the area during the Depression. 21,000 workers earned between...

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Jan 18, 2017 - Oh Dam! (Hoover Dam and Lake Mead)

Heading for Quartzsite, Arizona but we happened to be going within ten miles of the Hoover Dam. So of course we had to stop there too. We went through security and were told that we had to park in parking lot 14 since our trailer was so big. We drove from Nevada side, over the dam to the Arizona side. We saw a lot of parking lots, and found ours at the top of a hill. It made for a nice long walk down to the dam and back to Nevada to the visitor center. Hoover Dam is huge! We went down and gawked and even got a tour. We were able to go into...

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Nov 5, 2015 - Drive to Las Vegas

We had a beautiful 250 mile drive from Flagstaff, Arizona to Vegas. It looked like a winter wonderland. It is even cool in Vegas, in the 60's. We passed right by Hoover Dam but could not see it from where we were. We are all set up for the next two or three weeks, so glad to be in the same place for a while. We will be visiting with family, will update if anything interesting happens. :-) Check back later for more from Vegas.

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Sep 3, 2015 - Hoover Dam

The route away from the interstate today was not the scenic route unless you just love rocks. We drove 60+ miles seeing about a dozen cars, UPS truck, 2 campers, 2 cars pulling nice boats, and one wild horse. We toured Hoiver Dam today. Pretty Amazing what they did in the early 1900's!

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Aug 28, 2015 - Onward toward Las Vegas, Burma Shave and other things

We chose to leave the Grand Canyon a day earlier than planned and headed south toward Williams, AZ were we again picked up the Interstate Highway and headed for Las Vegas. This will give us an extra day in Las Vegas to wind down and to show Brandon the city. However, along the way we spotted a sign advertising Grand Canyon Cavern so we took a little side trip off onto old Route 66 to visit the cavern. First thing we saw along the old highway was a series of "Burma Shave" advertisements. Now many readers may understand what those little...

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Mar 6, 2015 - Hoover Dam

About Hoover Dam (aka Boulder Dam): The impressive 726.4-foot dam stretches 1244 feet between Nevada and Arizona, blocking the mighty Colorado River in the Black Canyon near Boulder City, Nevada and creating Lake Mead. Completed in 1936, Hoover Dam was the 3rd of 15 dams built along the main route of the 1450-mile Colorado River. It was originally built to provide hydroelectric power and irrigation water to a mushrooming southwestern population and to control flooding. The dam now only provides a percentage of power to Nevada, Colorado...

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Mar 30, 2014 - Hoover Dam & Lake Mead

Hello Everyone, Today we visited the Hoover Dam and then took a Cruise on Lake Mead. The Hoover Dam is truly an Engineering marvel in both structure and beautiful design! Seeing it first from the top and then from Lake Mead, allows for the ultimate way to behold this Man-made marvel! We drove to the Hoover Dam in our RV, and were required to stop and get searched by the security guards! We then had to drive over the Dam and park on the other side – what a fun experience! Watch the video below to see the fun! Jeannie and I then took a Lake...

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Oct 18, 2013 - Day Trip: Hoover Dam, NV

Some days we just cannot make a correct turn. We head to town on the motorcycle for breakfast. John can see the signs. I cannot. I keep pointing to the right. I am wrong. We end up going around the block and trying it again. This time we find Main Street and breakfast. We were told that the Hoover Dam tour is at 9:00 and 11:00. The dam is not far but it is going to be close. We do not know it yet but that information is wrong. Everything is well marked until we get to one intersection. We go straight. Oops. We are back on 93 headed to...

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Oct 3, 2013 - Hoover Dam

Having tonight's show tickets in hand and the day to kill until 7:30 when the theater doors were scheduled to open, we decided to drive to Hoover Dam to see the new bridge over the Colorado River gorge just downstream of the dam. We were somewhat surprised to find the visitor services at the dam in full operation in spite of the government shut-down. Mary went on the internet via our smart phone and determined that the dam is not operated by appropriated funds but by funds that come from operation of the dam, most notably the electricity...

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