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And I had a Dam good time

I made the discovery that when you are traveling on Highway 93 from Arizona into Nevada, you can no longer get to the Hoover Dam (or back); you can only get down there via the Nevada side. There's an exit down to the Dam itself, and there's a place where you can stop and climb up a series of switchbacks, and walk across the bridge itself.

Informational plaques are all along the walkway:

A good shot of the dam itself, as well as the "bathtub ring" which tells you just how much water Lake Mead has lost in the years of the drought --

Self portrait:

Quarter to four, Arizona time; I lost a little time making my usual wrong turn in Boulder (I don't know why I always get lost driving out of Vegas, even in the daytime).

The bridge from the parking area above the Dam, just before I discovered you can no longer drive to Arizona over the Hoover Dam. I had to drive all the way back up through Nevada and across the bridge to get back:

The exposed turbines of Hoover Dam. Somewhere I have some pictures taken back in the 80's, when the reservoir was full:

The walk across the bridge and back was a pretty good walk -- I enjoyed it a LOT.

I didn't get back to Phoenix until 8:30, though.


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Feb. 9th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
Wow, those photos are amazing. I always watch those shows on Science Channel and History about the dam. I actually watched a show about the building of the bypass bridge. It sucks that you can only get to it from Nevada. Nevada is now a dam hog.

Silly related joke: What did the fish say when he ran into a wall? Dam!
Feb. 9th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
You can only get to the walkway on the NV side, too -- it dead ends at the AZ side. Dam hogs, indeed!

Feb. 9th, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)
Wow! That's a lot of lost water! Seems very bizarre that you can no longer get there from here, so to speak.
Feb. 9th, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
I was very surprised to reach the top of the old switchbacks and find a dead end!

That is a large part of what they're talking about when they talk about the drought in these parts -- Lake Mead's retreating shoreline is a major concern not only for tourism, but, well, LIFE in the Southwest!
Feb. 9th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
nice self portrait, dam...so desolate looking
Feb. 9th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
It is a desolate area, that's for sure. A lot of the information on the bypass bridge talked about how the dam itself made such a difference to northern Arizona and Nevada, and how for so many years it was the only way to get there from here.

Both the dam and the bridge, amazing works of construction!
Feb. 9th, 2011 04:22 am (UTC)
i didn't get time to see it. maybe the next time i'm there.
Feb. 9th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
Interesting. We drove over last...ummm, June? No, July. It wasn't finished yet. I think we'll be driving again (to Tucson) at Spring Break for the last of the crap stuff from mom's.

Gotta tell ya, the bridge freaks me out a bit.
Feb. 10th, 2011 03:46 am (UTC)
I think it was finished just this last November. That was one of the reasons I had to drive this time!

Driving on it you don't even notice it -- if you don't know it's there, you wouldn't even realize you'd crossed it.

Heck, I want to go out on the Skywalk at the Canyon!
Feb. 18th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
Hot Dam!

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