This post should complete the series. Our trip started in the beautiful San Francisco, continued into LA, before moving on to San Diego and Vegas. From Vegas we went to the Hoover Dam, continued on to Tusayan where we viewed the magnificent Grand Canyon, and then drove to Phoenix to fly back to Toronto.
About 40 miles west of Vegas, it's still takes about a couple of hours to drive to due to the heavy traffic.
We were on Highway 93 (linking Nevada and Arizona) where traffic soon slowed to a crawl. They inspect cars as the highway passes OVER the Hoover Dam.
Finally, we parked on the Nevada side of the dam.
Our first view of the dam!
We took a tour that took us inside the dam, which was pretty interesting.
You see the guts of the dam, they explain to you how it all works and also you can see the power generators and hydro what-cha-ma-call-its and all!
You can walk across the Hoover Dam and there are many interesting sights to see.
Remember the scene from Golden Eye where James Bond jumped from the Hoover Dam? Hoover Dam was also in the movie Transformers.
There are the intake towers.
Right next to the intake towers on either side (Nevada and Arizona) there are blue clock faces showing the time in each state.
The border between Nevada and Arizona. We crossed over by foot to Arizona.
A view of Lake Mead from the Hoover Dam. It was somewhat scary to know the structure we were standing on was holding this lake, and all this body of water, in place! Not to mention, Lake Mead had enough water to flood the whole state of Pennsylvania to a foot high (according to our guide).
Soon it was time to hit the road again to Tusayan.
On the way, you pass some interesting sights.
Dead Cows on Sale, only in Arizona!
The road to Tusayan seemed never ending.
If you remember, I had blogged that on the road, we had a flat. It was very scary, in the middle of nowhere, but we were able to walk to a gas station nearby. The flat occurred right outside a small town. They sent someone over to change the tire (and cost us $200 too!). The one time I don't take flat tire insurance I get a flat. Then we drove north on this little highway to Tusayan. It was practically dark and we were super thankful once we checked into our hotel.
The next morning, after a hearty breakfast (well as hearty as cold continental breakfast can be), it was time for the Grand Canyon.
On the way, as if I needed any more adventures after last night, a deer jumped on to the road. Thankfully I was just doing 10 mph and it was a turn. The deer looked at me, sort of saying, what are YOU doing here. I have always seen warning of "animals on road" - this is the first time I saw one in front of me.
I just have one word for the Grand Canyon. Majestic!
The majestic Grand Canyon. The first view.
Truly, pictures fail to do this justice. You can never take a perfect picture of the Canyon that you can say captures the beauty of this creation of Allah. You can just look and the Canyon will take your breath away.
No, I am not exaggerating.
It snowed. It was icy at the Grand Canyon Park. We visited the South Rim and literally had to skate around the park.
That's a steep drop. And if you believe me, in places the ice and snow had completely covered the railings. There was no protection to prevent anyone from falling over!
The Grand Canyon.
After that, it was time to head for Phoenix, where we would rest for the night before flying back home.
Phoenix was quite a boring town. Yeah, I was there for a night only but even at 7 pm the town looked dead. I guess a lot of old people lived there!
The good thing was, it was 26 degrees Centigrade when we were there!
The bad thing, as I noted that, it was -26 C in Toronto on our return.
But boy was I glad to be home. Touring is nice, but nothing beats Mom's home cooked meal.