Hoover Dam, Nevada

The Experience

The breakfast had scrambled eggs, sausages, hash browns, breads, pastries, cereal, milk, juice, tea, coffee, and fresh fruits. Finally, we got a decent hot English breakfast. That’s the best free breakfast we’ve had for this trip. This hotel had a hotel full of surprises.

We were on the road again after breakfast. We passed Kingman Army Airfield Museum, which played a significant role in WWII. Thirty six thousand gunners were trained there.

After about one hour of driving, we arrived at Hoover Dam, which was located in Black Canyon of Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada.

We joined a tour to have some insights of the Dam. The Hoover Dam was built in 1936 and it controlled the lower part of the Colorado River. It’s a concrete arch Dam. The Hoover Dam was an engineering marvel of its time. The reservoir was Lake Mead. Unfortunately, it was drying up as well.

Francis turbines seen in Hoover Dam turbine room

Francis turbines seen in Hoover Dam turbine room

At the end of the tour, our tour guide warned us to get hydrated because the temperature was going to reach 120ºF. Yeah, you read that right. Unbelievable to us.

Hoover Dam was higher, but Glen Canyon Dam was wider

Hoover Dam was higher, but Glen Canyon Dam was wider

Before leaving Hoover Dam, we all rubbed the feet of a winged bronze giant for good luck.

There’s a terrazzo floor with a celestial chart which shows the exact position of key stars on the day, September 30, 1935, the Hoover Dam was dedicated by President Franklin Roosevelt.

On our way out of Hoover Dam, we passed Boulder, which was built to house 50,000 Hoover Dam workers and families.

We completed a small circle by driving back to Lost Wages around 1:30 pm. What’s for lunch? How about In-N-Out Burger? Cool. So there we went and everyone enjoyed it again.

After lunch, we checked into our hotel. We didn’t have much planned for the rest of the day. We rested, the kids played iPad and iPhone games. After dinner, they dipped in the hotel pool for a little bit.

Financial Implications of the Day: Would’ve Cost: $388.38, Actual Cost: $128.38

  • Hotel Four Points by Sheraton in Las Vegas without free breakfast: $260, the max rate of our room was $349, cost us 0
  • Hoover Dam parking: $10
  • Hoover Dam Power Plant tour: $30 x 2 + $12 x 3 = $66
  • Hoover Dam 3 Slushies: $9.7
  • Lunch at In-N-Out Burger: $23.09
  • Jack in the Box Dinner takeout: $15.12
  • Three bottles of milk: $4.47

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