09.29.15 Hoover Dam in Boulder, Nevada

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 – Hoover Dam is a testimony to this country’s ability to construct monolithic projects in the midst of adverse conditions. Built during the Depression; thousands of men and their families came to Black Canyon to tame the Colorado River. It took less than five years, in a harsh and barren land, to build the largest dam of its time. Now, years later, Hoover Dam still stands as a world-renowned structure.  Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada.

Okay, that’s what I found on the internet.  I have to admit I don’t know much other than that but what we saw was really cool!!

We saw some nice scenery on the way there as we got into a very mountainous area.

hd2 (Medium)hd3 (Medium)hd1 (Medium)We stopped along the highway at a place where we could walk along the highway over the area where the dam is located.  You could see a lot from there and it was extremely windy walking across.  This bridge goes across the Nevada / Arizona border which is also where the time change from Mountain Time to Pacific Time.

First the walk up to and from the bridge.

hd4 (Medium)hd5 (Medium)Look at the bridge and the beautiful scenery!  This was the  Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge built in 2010.

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Nevada and Arizona welcome signs!  We lost and gain hour in the matter of minutes!

hd20 (Medium)20150927_161802 (Medium)The Hoover Dam

hd29 (Medium)hd19 (Medium)hd13 (Medium)hd24 (Medium)hd27 (Medium)20150927_164001 (Medium)This one is a panoramic photo of the Hoover Dam! Click to open it!20150927_164310 (Medium)Lake Mead National Recreation Area which is nearby.

hd30a (Medium)This was the  best part – people throw change over the side and we discovered where by looking over the ledge.  Here’s a bunch of coins and the second picture is Roy checking it out and trying to figure out how he could get to it!!

hd25 (Medium)hd26 (Medium)We’ll be  heading to the Las Vegas strip the next couple of days. You can imagine how much gawking we’ll do and how many pictures we’ll take.  Hopefully it will not take long to process all those pictures before we can share them with you guys!!

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09.28.15 Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, Nevada

Monday, September 28, 2015 – We went to the Fremont Street Experience Saturday evening. The light shows there start fs13 (Medium)at 7 pm and a different one is presented every hour between 7 and midnight. We left home early enough to be there for the 7 pm light show and we stayed around till the 8 pm show.

All of the parking lots around Fremont Street displayed a sign that said Event Parking $20…… There is a Life is Beautiful event in town which we weren’t going to but it affected the parking price. We saw the Binion Casino which I read allowed you to fs7 (Medium)take your picture with a million dollars in cash. We pulled in there and the attendant said that if we gambled, ate or drank any casino would validate your parking and it would be free! We took the elevator down to Binion’s Casino with a nice man who lived in the area and gave us some guidance as to where Fremont was from where in the middle of the Casino.

I compare Fremont Street to sort of the French Quarter. Some sights were blushable, but it was overall a big street party for adults with doors leading into some casinos, some restaurants, lots of stores and a flying zip line going overhead. If the zip line hadn’t been $40 each I’d love to have done it! In the pictures of the ceiling canopy you can see the zip lines.

We went into one of the casinos and Roy put a dollar into a slot fs1a (Medium)machine. He made 15 cent and lost it quickly, but that got our parking ticket validated!!!

We saw several entertainment spots along the walk through the several blocks that make up Fremont Street. Some singers, dancers, dancing indian puppets, balloon makers and others. It is closed to traffic mostly which made strolling through it nice. Music played and there was some street dancing. The place probably gets louder and rowdier later but we stayed from 7 – 8:30 and headed home!!

There are several videos near the end that I hope you’ll enjoy!!!

First picture is of an Oxygen Bar. Don’t have a clue what this is about but it was picture worthy! These people had little tubes going into their noses from the colored bottles in front of them.

fs12 (Medium)fs3 (Medium) fs6 (Medium) fs10 (Medium) fs9 (Medium) fs11 (Medium) fs4 (Medium) fs14 (Medium) fs16 (Medium) fs5 (Medium) fs8 (Medium)We had our pictures taken in Binion’s Casino behind a million dollars in cash. It was free and we had two pictures taken. One where we’re normal and one where we are attacking the money. I took a couple of pictures of the money before our pictures were taken and those are first.

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We can now check Fremont Street off our Vegas checklist and head for Hoover Dam tomorrow!

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