Saturday, 9 June 2012

May 29.........Las Vegas/Hoover Dam

Leaving the Coachella Valley we drove through Box Canyon near the Salton Sea where we could see the San Andreas fault line. It was remarkable driving through these fracture lines and seeing how the earth had moved at some point in time.
We then made our way to Las Vegas in Nevada via Desert Centre and Needles and were amazed to be constantly surrounded by mountains.
Las Vegas is a lively, vibrant city with plenty of colour and movement. We had a fun couple days here and were happy to find it was a very family friendly place.
Water show at the Bellagio
Jonte at our hotel
The Sphinx at the Luxor
Date palms at the Luxor
We visited the Hoover Dam, one of the engineering wonders of the modern world.
We were blown away by the sheer size of this dam and the enormous engineering feat this must have been when it was built between 1931 and 1936. The construction of this dam during the Great Depression was a massive effort by thousands of workers and cost over 100 lives.
The Hoover Dam is on the Colorado River with the state of Nevada on one side and Arizona on the other. This dam controls floods, provides irrigation water and produces hydro-electric power for private and public utilities in Nevada, Arizona and California.
Heading to our destination of Flagstaff, we stopped for lunch at a traditional American diner in Kingman on the famous Route 66. The burgers and home-made root beer were just the best!!

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