Drive to Kanab, UT and Hoover Dam
Trip Start Jun 27, 2009
35Trip End Aug 07, 2009
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After we set out from Las Vegas at 6am, the next logical stop was the Hoover Dam which was along our route to the Grand Canyon. We arrived at around 7am at the security checkpoint before crossing the dam. The officer greeted us and said, in quite a jovial tone, "New Jersey?! Boy you're a long way from home!"
Thank you, we noticed.
Anyway, we got through security and drove over the dam, parked and proceeded to walk back over the structure snapping some photos along the way. I even got to stand in two states at the same time! (Nevada and Arizona)
Now a bit of sad news, the Hoover Dam is not quite as awesome as most people think right now. Sure, it's a massive structure that shows our great ingenuity (and deep wallets), but right now Lake Mead (the lake created behind the dam) is at only 43% capacity because of a decade of droughts in the Southwestern United States. Boat docks extend onto dry dirt and not into the water, rock is exposed, and very little water flows through the dam. Experts predict that if Lake Mead continues to drop at the current rate, the Hoover Dam will no longer be able to produce power from the falling water by the year 2012, leaving much of Los Angeles and Las Vegas searching for new sources of (very expensive) electricity.
We left the dam a little dissatisfied and drove out towards the Grand Canyon (see journal).
After we left the Grand Canyon we drove another 4 hours north to the town of Kanab, Utah where we were to be staying. The drive was beautiful, along canyon walls, past huge mountains of red stone, and across vast expanses of prairie and desert. Check out the pictures to see some examples.
Our motel is nice, and we'll be here until Monday. Tomorrow we will visit nearby Zion National Park, and on Sunday Bryce Canyon National Park.
Also of note: change of plans. We will no longer be visiting the Petrified Forest, but instead will continue into Colorado to Mesa Verde National Park, before heading down into Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Talk to you all later.!