You know how some people are just incompetent at putting things together? That they can look at any of a number of tools and have absolutely no idea what they are or how to use them? That they might just possibly put together a high chair for their grandchild, feel totally smug, and then look at it and realize they have the footrest on the back of the high chair?
Yes. That would be me.
Now, take that description, turn it completely backwards and you have my husband, Tom. Let me just put it to you this way. When the zombie apocalypse comes? He’s the guy you totally want on your team. He could kill zombies, fix anything and construct anything – all without breaking a sweat. So, needless to say, he was all about seeing Hoover Dam.
As I mentioned in my first post about our visit, he was the one excited about this part of our trip to Vegas but when we actually got there, I was almost as excited. Almost.
Every part of our trip to Hoover Dam with Pink Jeep Tours was completely effortless. It’s possible to drive to Hoover Dam on your own, but why would you want to? This was so much easier. After our rafting trip at the bottom of the dam, we headed back up top to see the rest of this man-made monster. Here’s a bunch more information about the dam, including some history because I’m just going to talk about our visit and not try to get bogged down with all that information.
First, we went into the Visitor’s Center part of the dam where we saw a movie that was pretty interesting about the construction of the dam. Then, we went on a tour of part of the dam. It was not very long – in fact, it was just long enough for me but I think my husband would have spent the entire day down there if he could. He was completely fascinated by views like this.
And incomprehensibly huge machinery like this. (Notice the guys walking by on the right.)
Finally, I drug him out of there and we went up top to get a better view of the dam. It’s pretty astonishing how they fit that dam right into the bed of a river. Amazing, really.
On one side, the Colorado keeps rushing on, unimpeded.
And on the other side, the Colorado River has been transformed into Lake Mead. You can see how low the water level is from the markings on the canyon walls.
We wandered down from the viewing area and out onto the dam itself. You can walk all the way across if you want; the original road across the dam still exists although most people take the Bypass now. Because the dam straddles two states – Nevada and Arizona – you can actually walk from one state to the other!
We walked all the way across and strolled back, taking pictures and discussing how incredible it was that men had been able to divert the river, build a dam, and then harness the power of the river for our use. Before we left, we took one last picture. A memorial to the workers who had done the impossible and built that dam.
Full disclosure: Pink Jeep Tours provided us with a hosted tour, but as always, I will share my honest opinion about any travel experiences I have.