Sunday October 3, 2010

The Hoover Dam

So it’s been over a month since I last blogged.  What can I say?  I have 4 boys, all of whom I had to get ready for the upcoming school year.  A few days after school started my husband of 13 wonderful years and I took our very first trip together, we went to Las Vegas.  We didn’t have a honeymoon and shortly after getting married we welcomed our first of four beautiful boys, we simply have not had the time nor the money to travel.   My husband turned 40 in September and I really wanted to make his 40th extra special, so I booked a trip for 2 to Las Vegas for 4 days, we had a wonderful time.  Las Vegas is a very busy place as well as very hot and very dry.  My husband has always talked about seeing the Hoover Dam so we were sure to book a tour, it’s gargantuan, there are no other words to describe it.  Even though I took pictures you could never begin to grasp how huge it is through a photograph, you have to see it in person.  We had a nice time together and we’re glad that we went, but honestly I don’t think we’ll make a return trip.  We’re looking forward to seeing some other places, and seeing them with our children; we were not even 48 hours into our trip and we desperately missed them.

The photo that is above is of the turbines at the bottom of the Hoover Dam on the Nevada side.  There are 8 turbines here, 9 turbines on the Arizona side.  We were standing on a mezzanine floor over looking this room.  Please take note of the transport truck that is on the floor beside one of the turbines about half way down, if it wasn’t for that truck being there you would have absolutely no clue as to how massive these turbines really are.  The tour was good, except you don’t get to go outside at the bottom of the dam and look up, this was the one part of the tour that we were really looking forward to but unfortunately is not part of the tour.  There are two bronze angel statues at the dam, they represent the first and last man to die whilst working on the dam.  The first man died on December 20, 1922 of drowning while surveying where to put the dam, exactly 13 years to the day his son died while working on the dams construction.  People believe that if you rub the feet of the angels it will bring you good luck.  You can find the picture of one of the angels in my Flickr account in the file titled “September”.

October is here and we have some road trips booked for this month to capture and enjoy the scenery that comes with fall, I am expecting to have many pictures and stories to share with all of you.

Hope everyone is well.

Until next Sunday…

~ Linda

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