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