Vegas in Four Parts: Part 3

(Apologies for the take down and repost.  Technical difficulties, you know.)

The engineer has been, and is, a maker of history.
— James Kip Finch


If you’ve never been to the Hoover Dam, I suggest you put it on your list of things to see before you die.  It is truly an astounding feat of engineering.  You can read all about it here.  The story of how it was built, alone, is worth the price of admission, I have to say.  Among other things, they had to divert the Colorado River, which, as you might imagine, was no easy task.  The dam is 726 feet high and 1244 feet long, and connects Nevada and Arizona.  Despite what you may believe from having seen Fools Rush In, the road over the dam does not have Arizona/Nevada painted on it.  The state line is marked by this little plaque:

It was an impossibly beautiful day, as you might be able to tell from the photos.  Mid-60’s, sunny, breezy, just a few clouds in the bright blue sky – the perfect antidote to the winter weather we’d left behind in D.C.

We walked across the dam into Arizona, and it was time for another pouty picture:

What can I say?  I’m a tourist at heart, I guess!  He was a good sport – there are about 10 different self-portraits of us, courtesy of his long arms.  Here’s a little gallery of more dam pictures (David got such a kick out of using dam in as many sentences as possible – “We’re going to have a good dam time today!” “That’s dam big!” etc, etc.  God love him.):

After the Dam, David had the idea to take me to a third state in one day, so we headed out to Primm, Nevada, right on the border.  We pulled into the casino complex there and drove as far west as we could, until we were about 50 yards into California.  Of course, I had to have a picture!


This is one of my favorites of us, ever, and it’s now the wallpaper on my desktop.

We spent the afternoon playing $5 blackjack – where David lost miserably and I walked away with $10 in winnings.  There was a log flume ride in the casino, and I made David go on it with me – it was so fun!

We headed back to Vegas around 5 or so.  By the time we got back it was dark, and I wanted to excercise my touristy inclinations again, so I made David take me to the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign (he spent part of his teen years living in Las Vegas, so he knew his way around pretty good).


I was going to take him to dinner at House of Blues, but by the time we got there, the band had already started and it was way too loud to try to have a conversation.  We ended up at the Mexican restaurant at New York New York, which was very good, and then we gambled the night away there (I won about $20 on the Deal or No Deal slot machine!).

Oh, I almost forgot – we rambled by all the shops in Mandalay Bay, and I came across the Lush store!  I had heard tell of their bath bombs, but I’d never tried them.  I bought one – Sakura, I think – and took a bath when we got back to the hotel: heaven.  It was so, so nice.  I could have stayed in there all night.  Yum.

It was a busy day, that’s for sure, but it was fantastic.  Up next in the final installment: Inauguration day, Red Rock Canyon, the fountains at Bellagio, and – you guessed it – more pouty pictures!


5 thoughts on “Vegas in Four Parts: Part 3

  1. For some reason I can’t view the first 4 pictures on your blog. I don’t know if it’s just me or if the files got messed up 😦 I just wanted to see the pouty pictures! 🙂

  2. Yea! Pictures! It looks wonderful. I never heard of Lush…probably a midwestern failing of mine. Looks cool though! We were in Las Vegas about 4 years ago…stayed in Henderson where it was cheap and did the “dam tour” as well…it is so impressive. You had a beautiful day! We did most of our Vegas stuff all night when it was cooler, and slept during the day. I recommend that method! Loved your pouty portraits! And the sunshine! Ah the sunshine! I miss it here. (Pouting myself now that I think about it!)

  3. Ok, so now the first 4 pics are up but the last 2 aren’t showing up….but on a side note, I’m so happy that you had a great time! Tim and I will definitely have to take a trip down there at some point. I went to Vegas for Debbie’s wedding but it was a super short trip that was already pre-planned with the wedding so I didn’t get to do much “tourist” stuff. Anyways, hope to see you soon!

  4. Ugh. WP makes me crazy sometimes. I fixed it now, again, I think. Thanks for letting me know.

    You know, we got an excellent deal at the Palms through – something like $41 per night, so that helped make the trip very affordable.

    Dawn, since it was January when we went, the days were perfect, and the nights were actually a little cool; I needed a light jacket to be out walking around. But it was so, so nice. We really lucked out weather-wise.

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