Thursday, May 10, 2012

Hoover Dam

Usually when we go to Las Vegas, it's just the man and I, and we're usually there for a baseball tournament, or a grown up weekend away, so it's rare that we do any real touristy things.  On this trip though, we were meeting my mom and aunt who were on their way home from a trip to Idaho.  My mom was lucky enough to get a condo for the weekend, so she invited us up to meet them.  Since we had the whole crew, we decided this was the perfect time to visit the Hoover Dam.

The man, kid and I had never been there, and I was excited to see it.  Unfortunately, on the day we decided to go, they weren't giving tours, so all we could do was wander around and take pictures. 

Jackelope!  These cute? weird? things were for sale in the gift shop.  I'm pretty sure I checked the price, but I can't remember what they were.  They were really soft, but those antlers just make them look mean to me.

The whole place has a very art deco feel, which is fitting because it was completed in the 1930s.  It's always amazing to me that something like this that is so huge and complex could be created without all of our modern conveniences.  It was awe inspiring.

I don't remember what these winged men represent, but there are two of them - one on either side of the flag that flies at the monument to the dam.

This is a close up of one of the men.

All in all, we were there for about an hour, and it cost us less then 10 dollars to park.  I know I didn't get as much out of the visit as I would have if we had been able to take the tour, but I think I'll go back.  It was definately worth it.

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