Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Las Vegas Day 3

Our last day in Las Vegas we had to check out of our room by 11 am and our flight was not until 1 am on Sunday.  We decided to rent a car so we could get around a little.  A car gave us a little freedom and gave our feet a break.  This day the temperature was 100 degrees and it was hot.  The main difference from hot weather at home is there was no humidity, so we did not feel sticky.  We met my friend Sara at an In and Out burger joint.  Todd wanted to eat here; he had heard they have the best burgers.  It was good, but I was thrilled to meet Sara.  This is the first time we have met in person.  She and a few other women I met on a diet website.  We became very close and these women provided so much support while I was planning my first son's graduation and wedding at the same time.  The events were only 2 months apart.  I was a hot mess, especially trying to find my dress.
We met up with Sara and her two adorable children.  We recognized one another immediately and as soon as we were close enough she reached out to hug me.  It was so great.  We talked and talked, no one would have known this was the first time the tow of us ever met face to face.  There was never an awkward quiet moment.  Other than poor Todd sitting in the sun, it was a great time.

After lunch we drove to see the Hoover Dam.  Actually it is not very far from Las Vegas.  Here are some pictures of the landscape as Todd drove.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Once we parked we went to an observation area in the parking lot.  Immediately I started to take pictures.  It was so beautiful!  I wish I could load my panorama shots but blogger will not allow me.
 








I was so glad that Todd had this idea.  We wanted to walk across the dam it's self so we drove to the other side.  Unfortunately, I could not make the tour.  There were so many stairs, I knew my feet and legs would allow this, especially my knees.  They were aching for the first time.  Todd understood and said he was fine with it, as long as we were able to make it to the damn.  I was okay with walking to the other side if he wished but he was happy with going half way.  Once we were on the dam, I took some more pictures.

The view looking straight down from the top of the dam



We both look so exhausted here.
The Hoover Bypass was opened October 26, 2010.  I think this is one of my favorite shots.  I love the colors.  I think this may be canvas worthy.
We drove over the bypass, thinking we would have more photo opportunity because we could see people walking across it, however the bypass had very high barriers and the people walking was from the paid tour.  There was no way Todd or I could make that walk.  No way at all, even Todd was exhausted and aching.  This is why we only went half way over the dam.

We then went over to the flag area monument.  It was so beautiful and more than just a flag staff.  The person who designed this compared the damn to the great pyramids, with the thought that this area would survive a natural disaster and be a meeting place of people when the time comes.  Within this display there are so many facts of interest.  Next to the flags are two bronze winged figures, they looked like a combination of an angle and an eagle in my opinion.  They had a little story of good luck by rubbing the feet of the angels as you pass.  The toes glisten in the sunlight being polished by visitors rubbing them.


The base of the monument is a star and planetary chart.  It is a map of where the planets were aligned and the stars the day of the dedication.  Near the center is a compass with the signs of the zodiac surrounding the compass.
Behind the flag pole is a wall with many plaques regarding the building of the dam.  One was for the 96 men who died during the construction of the dam.  This is a very inspiring monument, so much beauty.

 
 
I loved the pictures I took looking up at the flag.
 
Near the entry of the Hoover Damn is another sculpture of a one of the men who worked on the construction.  This was dedicated on the 60th Anniversary of the Hoover Dam
Did you know that the Hoover Dam was the first single structure to contain more masonry than the Great Pyramid?

After seeing the Hoover Dam we went back to Las Vegas and parked at the Excalibur.  We played a little black jack.  We then wanted to have a nice dinner since it was our last night there.  We ate at Buca di Beppo; this was the best meal the entire time.  After dinner we thought we would just go to the airport and check in.  We had about 2 hours before our flight and we thought we could rest while we were there.  However we had drama there, a flight before ours.  Two women were kicked off the flight or not allowed to board because they were drunk.  Oh my goodness, one had everyone waiting laughing.  She was so crazy.


Las Vegas - Our First Night
Las Vegas-  Day One~Part 1
Las Vegas-  Day One~Part 2
Las Vegas-  Day One~Part 3
Las Vegas-  Day Two~Part 1
Las Vegas-  Day Two~Part 2
Las Vegas-  Day Three
Las Vegas - The Fun and Not so Fun Moments
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