Hoover Dam

Trip Start Jan 22, 2006
Trip End Aug 16, 2006

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Flag of United States  , Nevada
Saturday, February 11, 2006

After a night where we woken at 2am in the morning by people deciding it would be a great idea to shout outside of our door for an hour, it was time to bid a fond farewell to Vegas.

Although we need to head North-West now until we finally reach San Francisco, we couldn't not visit the Hoover Dam when we were only 30 miles away from it. So we headed South to one of the man made wonders of the world. We didn't bother with the guided tour as that cost $10 each, deciding instead just to walk across it for free.

The dam is an unbelievable feat of construction, particular when you consider that it was built over seventy years ago. It's not until you stand on it that you realise that this is one serious piece of concrete that is beneath your feet. The question that we had, we how the hell did they stop the water flowing for the years that it took to build. We came to the conclusion that they must have started it in the summer when the river used to frequently run dry. But of course this could be complete nonsense!

Although the dam has caused some ecological damage to the natural inhabitants of the river, without it much of California wouldn't have water and certainly wouldn't exist in the form that it does now.

After taking some "look at us at the top of the dam" photos, we retraced our steps past Las Vegas and somehow avoided the worst of the rush-hour. Managing by complete accident to end up on the right road towards Beatty, even though we were going in the opposite direction to what the map was telling us.

Beatty is a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, and wouldn't you know it our hotel is right next to a casino! Fortunately after our Vegas experience, we were seasoned pros and managed to escape without spending too much money.

We had a nice meal at the casino restaurant, being served by a waitress who had the loudest voice I have ever heard. I kept thinking she was asking us questions, when she was actually at a table on the other side of the room.
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