Thursday, February 2, 2012

Adventures in the desert

On Friday night after we checked in to our Las Vegas hotel (we stayed at Circus Circus) we had a late supper and went back to our rooms to drop the kids off and freshen up after the long day. We had intended to put the kids to sleep, have one of us watch them while the other three go out exploring. So it was unintentional that we all passed out pretty much as soon as the lights went out and our heads hit the pillow. It was also a late start on Saturday morning as we slept in, including all the kids! We opted for brunch at 11am before heading out to the dam.

Hoover Dam

If you haven't guessed already I'll tell you now - it's massive!

Every time I visit a place that is an industrial engineering feat I am always in awe of the brilliance of mankind and the epitome of human achievements.

Jef and Kien waving from the bridge over the spillway.

The middle of the dam crosses the state line, and since Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving there are clocks on either side of the dam, and you do the "Time Warp" between the two within minutes of walking.

This place was swarming with tourists, trigger happy snappy with cameras galore. Ethan was keen to take a picture of me taking a picture of him taking a picture of me.

End result of Ethan taking a picture of me taking a picture of him taking a picture of me.

We walked across the Mike O'Callaghan - Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge to enjoy the lovely view.

The view of the dam was spectacular at the bridge midway point.

On our way back to the car we were stopped for looking suspicious with all the kids…

We were stopped, but for no other reason than that the friendly police officer wanted to show the kids the vehicle. She put the lights on and told Kien to get in. He was too shy. Then she got Ethan to talk into the amplifier talky thing (that's the best technical description I can conjure up) and he said "Mommy, I love you" for everyone to hear.

I'm glad this was Lynette and Jeff's first time at the dam as well and therefore a new experience for us all.


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