Sunday, December 06, 2009

Hoover Dam is still there

My sister, brother-in-law, and niece are in town for the big rodeo, and wanted to go see Hoover Dam today. So that's what I did, rather than play poker at Mandalay Bay, as I usually spend my Sundays.

I've been on the dam tour three times before, but it's been 20 years or so. Guess what? The thing is still there!

I had not, however, previously seen the bypass bridge that is under construction. Man, that is somewhere between impressive and frightening. I'm guessing they'll have blinders up so you can't really see anything as you're driving over it, because if you could, I think it would paralyze drivers with either fascination or fear. It is REALLY high! There is allegedly going to be a pedestrian viewing area on it, and that, too, will not be good for those of us with any sort of acrophobic tendencies.

As usual, I took a whole bunch of photos and posted them on Picasa, here. The late afternoon sun made some shots quite nice, others not so much, and some impossible. But other than that, they're pretty much the same as about 10 billion other people have taken when touring the dam. Hope you enjoy them anyway.


Conan776 said...

"I've been on the dam tour three times before" :o watch your mouth!

Zot95 said...

That's the best damn tour I've ever been on!

Looking forward to when they can finally get that bypass complete - the traffic can be horrible there. I understand that the bridge was halfway completed before, but was blown down by winds.

MelloAceCv said...

I hope they do put some sort of high wall / blinders up on the bridge. I'm deathly affraid of heights, and drive to Vegas from Phoenix 7 or 8 times a year. I know there is no way I'll be able to drive over the bridge if I can see the dam, canyon, or lake below me. I'd hate to have to drive through Laughlin just to detour the bridge.

Anonymous said...

I think I haven't been there in 20 years, too. Man, it is huge. Thanks for the pics!