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Las Vegas, Nevada Day 35 of 43

Hoover Dam wall
Hoover Dam wall
Its famous!
Its famous!
Holding up the bridge. Some people do silly things!
Holding up the bridge. Some people do silly things!

Hoover Dam

Las Vegas is only an hour’s drive from the iconic Hoover Dam.  We drove out early around 9.00 to avoid the tourists.  The tour busses arrive around 10 am.  The day was hot and you could feel the sun penetrating your clothes.  I wore my cap which I bought at the Missouri Memorial in Hawaii – that was after leaving my woven paper hat on the front seat of the shuttle we caught to the Memorial. It was untraceable.:(

The structure of the dam is phenomenal – one of the modern wonders of the world.  It was precipitated by floods in the low lying areas where food crops were being grown and subsequently wiped out and the depression at the time, when millions were out of work and this was an opportunity to earn $40 a week, a fortune in the 30s. The amount of concrete used was amazing and the video intro we had before the tour was facincating.  The tour through the tunnels lasted about 20 mins and we then were let loose in the display area to read more and look at the tremendous effort performed by the men who built it.

http://www.history.com/topics/hoover-dam
Publisher A+E Networks

Highway bridge of Hoover Dam
Highway bridge of Hoover Dam
Images of the time. Lots of evidence of the Art Deco era when this structure was born.
Images of the time. Lots of evidence of the Art Deco era when this structure was born.

We did a Power Station tour to look at the hydro-electric turbines and listened to the amazing talk about how marvellous the hydro electricity feeds thousands of homes and controlling the water has made growing food down river from the dam where the Colorado River is no longer  a problem for farmers down river.

There was nothing said but it was documented about the 96 men who lost their lives during the construction.  Some through accident and others through illnesses assoiated with being underground – pneumonia and tb showed up but they were not considered to be the fault of the work.

“Officially, the project had 96 construction-related fatalities —from such causes as falling rocks and run-ins with heavy equipment—but some sources contend the number likely was higher.”

The dam - Lake Mead
The dam – Lake Mead very low at the moemnt as evidence by the high water line.
The tunnels
The tunnels
The turbines
The turbines

This is  a sign (below) we saw twice at this venue.  We went through some security checks on our way in and had to removed everything from our wrists  and pockets.

No firearms!
No firearms!

We had icecream at the cafe and toddled home for lunch.  as we were leaving the Dam, the line of cars coming in was very long.  Glad to be leaving – it was very hot and we did not want to hang out with lots of tourists.

We went back to the hotel and had turkey sandwiches, then a sleep, then we looked at the pool.  We went to the outlets on the northside of the city and i bought a pair of very cool brogues in plum.We ate at the food hall there for tea, and had chinese.  Very nice too.

Later we went out to look at the casino lights and the strip to get photos. Saw the famous Bellagio water fountain with music and movement.

The Bellagio at night with the music playing.
The Bellagio at night with the music playing.

Moments after seeing this display – I lost my party.  A youngster of about 10-11 with a black long haired wig on and a hat and Michael Jackson music blasting out of a huge speaker in the forecourt of the Bellagio caught my attention.  I moed to my left with a swarm of others to watch this kid dance.  In the meantime, Didi and Brian were somewhere in the crowd.

After many messages to Brian and Anne on the Bellagio wifi through Skype and What’s App , and waiting an hour on the steps inside the hotel “Where I could be seen!” I went back to our hotel and low and behold if not 15 minutes later the other two returned also.

Lovely night overall and home in bed by 11:45pm

Washington to Las Vegas via Chicago – Day 34 of 43

Today we packed up again and flew via Chicago to Las Vegas. On our flight from Washinton to Chicago, we met a fantastic Steward called Rodney. He had dreads very well contained in long wraps and he had frameless glasses, and greying hair.  He was tall and slim and black, and had been married for 22 years and has a couple of kids We met him again on the next leg of our journey from Chicago to Las Vegas.  I gave him one of the furry koalas I brought with me for those who gave exceptional service. The food on the American Airlines flight was beautiful, yummy and fresh. Upon our arrival in Las Vegs where the desert winds blew a little and the car cleaners at the Hertz station mentioned them in apology if your car was dirty.  We collected a car at the airport in like this one.imageWe needed a vehicle this size due to the bags each of us is toting around.  And then there is the extra stuff we have bought at all the outlets and presents and stuff.  So we are currently running at 4 suitcases, two large extra bags, two smaller cabin luggage, 3 hand bags, and 2 camera bags.  So we need a van!

We will probably need two taxis when we arrive home too. lol

Las Vegas, Nevada – Sin City

The famous Las Vegas sign
The famous Las Vegas sign
Famous Las Vegas sign more info here about its origin and the clever woman who created it. Betty Willis who only died at 91 in April this year.

Hilton Grand Vacations at The Flamingo

We checked into the Hilton Grand Vacations Flamingo and moved into our spacious, palatial rooms.  We had two adjoining rooms.  One had a bathroom, spa room, bedroom and kitchen lounge dining.  The other room had a spa/bathroom, bedroom and kitchenette with small fridge and coffee/tea making facilities.

We were on the 4th floor so lift waits for rides were few.  Our MO when we arrive at these places is looking for – the gym, the pool, the ice machine and the laundry.  Once that has been sorted we usually settle down for a drink or swim or get the laundry done.

It’s all very civilised.  In Vegas we went out to have a look around and were only one Casino’s width from the Strip.  Saw posters of Donny and Marie Osmond who perform at the Flamingo Casino next door.

The Strip is pretty ordinary in the day time.  There are homeless people on every street corner/bridge/walkway.  At least they won’t die from the cold. Some we saw in New York looked very sad.  I never know what to do, I would probably talk to them all but when I am with other people I tend to walk on.  I gave a few dollars to a couple of different people as I walked by.

Just thought about the movie that Richard Gere has just made about being homeless. Read an article in Street Sense (I bought a copy from a guy)- which is a paper in Washington sold by street vendors who are trying to get back on track – like our Big Issue in Perth. Anyway he said that they filmed for 45 mins when he was being the ‘homeless’ guy and no-one spoke to him.  http://www.india.comimageI spoke to a kid in town one day and gave her some money.  I have also heard that kids do it and make between one and two hundred dollars a day.  I don’t know what is the right thing to do.

You can have your picture taken with these birds at the Flamingo
You can have your picture taken with these birds at the Flamingo
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Or these showgirls for a tip
Or these showgirls for a tip