OXFORD AND WARWICK
So another miserable day in our Ford Mustang Convertible. Off behind me is Lake Mead...it's not real you know. It's the backed up Colorado River because some giant Canadian beaver built the biggest dam in the world. Well him and a few other folks, a few thousand other folks, 96 of which died. Some fell, some drowned, some got hit by things from above. Still in the dirty 30's it was a decent day's wage of like $20. It is considered #2 of the man made wonders of the world after the pyramids. It was originally called the Boulder Dam but it was built with a bunch of cement, not just a few boulders. So they named it the Hoover Dam after some president named Herbert Hoover. No relation to the vacuum folks or so I'm told.
It was sure a long way down from the top. Do you know it's half in Nevada and half in Arizona and sometimes there is an hours difference between one side of the dam and the other. I walked all the way across and through and into the ventilation tube and into the area where they diverted the river while building the dam. Did I mention it's HUGE! It isn't really attached on either side so it can survive like a 8.6 earthquake and the stairs inside are curved just like the dam.
It was Good Friday and apparently was one of the busiest days ever at Hoover Dam. They were a bit overwhelmed (to say the least). Tours backed up, elevators took forever (it's over 700 stairs up if the elevator doesn't work). We waited a long time for it.
After the tour we walked the dam and it was dam hot I'll tell you that. I don't know how hot but that cement holds a lot of heat. We needed an ice-cream and frozen juice bar after that. Getting that wind in our hair driving back to Las Vegas in the convertible was the best way to cool down.
Now in the pictures below you're gonna notice that above the water the cliffs are 1/2 white. That's because that's where the water mark is, at the top of the white. The drought has been so bad that Lake Mead is like 35% full only. It's been dropping steadily over the last 8-9 years. Scary when you look at it.
After the dam it was a stop at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign where there is always a line and weddings and stuff. There was an altercation between my Dad and some, well, they looked like Arabs. The cut into the line and were pushing their way into people's photos.
No don't be doing that because when my Dad gets mad he gets loud...and I mean LOUD. The entire line, if not all of Vegas heard him holler at the to line up. Next thing you knew the line up was on Dad's side. We thought maybe there was gonna be trouble and everyone would wind up in jail or worse. But the VOICE scared them. Maybe me olde Dad missed his calling. He could scare off terrorists just with his voice alone.
Then we cruised the Vegas strip with the top down before dropping off the car. It was a pretty darn good day. Check out the dam dam and Vegas strip photos in my stunning photo slide show below.