the adventure continues:- Hoover Dam and the mighty Colorado River…………..EPIC!!

With an early start to head out to the Hoover Dam. When I found out I was headed to Las Vegas, I knew I had to go and see it. I was excited to go and see this engineering masterpiece. What I didn’t remember was that it was the Memorial Day Weekend in the USA, similar to our ANZAC Day. The whole country is out and about commemorating the involvement of their families and loved ones in combat anywhere and everywhere.

When I arrived the traffic was epic and I was travelling ever so slowly towards the car park across the dam and up the next switchback. I had spied a great spot to park Audrey’s van that would allow me to walk back to the main dam without too much effort. I parked in Arizona and walked all the way back to Nevada………..took me about ten minutes. 🙂

The size of this structure is truly breath-taking. Nothing really captures the enormity of the hoover Dam and its surrounding sub-structures. There is an overflow vent that is about 70-80 feet in diameter below one of the bridges you drive over and it just makes you feel tiny when you stand near it.

The Hoover Dam holding back the mighty Colorado River.
The Hoover Dam holding back the mighty Colorado River.
The water level is 40 metres (120 ft) below capacity.....yep thats the waterline you can see.
The water level is 40 metres (120 ft) below capacity…..yep thats the waterline you can see.
The overflow tube and the bridge it flows under.
The overflow tube and the bridge it flows under.

The dam built between 1931 and 1935 borders Nevada and Arizona and slows up the mighty Colorado River is a true modern engineering marvel. The last photo was taken 880 feet above the river…….this thing is immense.

It says it all!
It says it all!
All the pomp and pageantry that goes with most marvels.
All the pomp and pageantry that goes with most marvels.
The view from the top of the dam facing east I think?!?!?
The view from the top of the dam facing east I think?!?!?
The dam from the top of the sky bridge......check out the size of the cars.
The dam from the top of the sky bridge……check out the size of the cars.
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