Samuel’s interest in the Glen Canyon Dam made me think of visiting Hoover. It looked like they had a cool tour inside the dam, with tickets only available in-person, on the day. With a 3:48pm flight out of Vegas, which was 30 mins away from Hoover, we had time. While it meant another 5:30am start, Samuel managed to be awake for about 5 minutes to get from the hotel to the car, and then fell straight back to sleep.
We arrived at Hoover Dam at about 8:45am and were able to drive over the dam itself before queueing for the visitor center to open. We got the first tour at 9:30am, limited to 30 guests. A 10-minute film was followed by a descent inside the 726-ft. deep, 660-ft. thick dam to visit the powerhouse, inspection tunnels, and a ventilation window looking out of the face. After the tour, our walk outside included one of the two spillways which are designed to handle the flow of Niagara Falls! While the spillways were last needed in 1983, the issue is currently extended drought with Lake Powell levels continuing to drop to dangerously low levels. There is a visitor center with exhibits, but that is not really our thing. It was definitely a very cool visit!
And that was the end of our 6-day adventure! We know that our Coast to Coast trek across England is next, but I need to work out what I will do next with Samuel…
I am originally from England, and my wife Janet is from Louisiana. When we started Geocaching in 2002, we needed a name, and the Cajunlimeys were created, and that is the name I use for my blog. Even though Janet has no Cajun blood, her cooking is excellent! “Limeys” comes from the nickname for English sailors, who ate limes to prevent scurvy. We live in Houston, Texas, with Bailey and Samuel.
We love adventures and want to share the experiences with others. When planning trips, I have found other people’s sites very useful, so I want to give back and add a different perspective.
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