Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hoover Dam

Tony had a job to do out by the Hoover Dam, fixing some equipment.
There is a large project in the area to have the highway bypass the dam. It involves rerouting a portion of the highway and building a bridge to cross the river in front of the dam.
The guys were staying just over the dam into Nevada at a fairly cheesy {yet very inexpensive} hotel/casino. Tony had a lot of fun there one evening, texting me pictures of "Liza Minnelli", "Neil Diamond", "Elvis", and more. He thought it would be fun for me to come join him for his last night, so I did! We enjoyed an $8.95 prime rib dinner, and played some slots.

The next day, on the way home, we toured the dam. It is really cool to learn about that project, what was involved in the engineering and construction of it, and how many people got work during the depression building it.

This is the main arch that will support the new bridge:

As you can see, I really enjoyed the tour {here we are underground in the generator room}:

I have no idea why, but the Hoover Dam gift shop sells these gems, alien sun glasses:

And here we are on the top of the dam, the Nevada side:

It was a pretty fun mini-vacation. In fact, I may just have to go back next time he has a job there!


Antonia said...

I'm glad you had a chance to get away! The Hoover Dam is super cool, I've done the tour a few times. It's cool to see the arch completed all the way. There was a big gap in the center the last time I went! I hope to see you on Friday :)

H said...

Now see, this is why I wish my husband had out of town jobs. What's better than a surprise, mini-vacation? I'm glad you were able to take advantage of that!