A Sight to Behold

9.08.2010

It is so good to be back home. We got in last night and now I have all the yucky unpacking and cleaning to do. We did our best to help out Nevada's economy! We did have a good time, but I never did take any pictures outside because it was just too HOT! It zapped all our energy if we were out in it too long. It was 107 one day and then it was 109 and very windy. I did manage to take some pictures of our trip to Hoover Dam. We had to take a little break from Vegas and drove to the dam on Sunday. This was our first time going to it and we made a couple of stops in the national park where Lake Mead is and took some pictures.


This was taken from the car on the drive to Lake Mead.


The terrain is so vastly different than Georgia's that's for sure.


This was my first shot of Lake Mead.


It was so pretty in person, but so hot that we could not stay out very long.


This is the new bridge that has been built to cut down on the traffic on the road that now goes to Hoover Dam and Arizona.


We were told to go early to avoid the heavy traffic. We crept along for about twenty minutes in this, but when we left it was backed up for miles. Early is good.


We were fascinated with the size of this bridge. How on earth do they build these up this high and  stuck in rock?


Then we finally made it to Hoover Dam.










This is a bronze statue outside of the gift shop.


Here is the other side.


I got such a kick out to this little book sold at the gift shop. I should have bought one.

Hope you enjoyed the tour. Glad you could stay cool while you looked at it. I was burning up. We did not take the tour you pay for that tells the history of it. As I have said before it was just too hot.


Linking to A Southern Daydreamer for outdoor Wednesday.

Thanks so much for all the comments while I was out of town and doing this sporadically.
I will try to do better now. I have got to start moving my hiney though. When I saw a picture that Mr. Savvy took of me it woke this girl up. Back to walking and eating right I will go. So glad it is getting cooler out. Going to have to quit sitting at the computer so much.

 Y'all come back now,

KIM

30 comments:

  1. 107 and 109 is a little warm, even in the desert. 90 is about the perfect temp for laying by the pool!
    Hope you got to see a beautiful sunset while you were there!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I really enjoyed the pictures. Almost like being there! Amazing how they build those structures like bridges and dams.

    I am with you that I am going to start exercising. I may be thin but many areas are swinging that never did before and aren't supposed to swing!!

    Welcome home! I am sure you slept well in your own bed! I always love to go but really enjoy my own bed when I get home!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hi Kim,
    We actually rode our motorcycle to Hoover Dam. Isn't it always great to come back home. It is true when they say there is no place like home.

    xo
    LeAnn

    ReplyDelete
  4. Such beautiful country side. Very different from South Carolina! It must have been miserable to be that hot. Ugh... Makes me think of the Vacation movie where they go to Hoover Dam and they say I am your dam tour guide and we will go on the dam tour. Too funny!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Kim, looks like lots of fun!! I love, love the desert terrain out there so much, but glad I live here! Glad you are back! After a summer of eating my mom's cooking, I with you on moving the backside a little!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Welcome to my part of the world. Not Hoover Dam but Arizona and the heat. Everybody needs to experience these temperatures and realize it is not just a dry heat, it is a damn hot dry heat that goes on and on and on....

    Glad to see you made it home safe and sound!

    Lisa

    ReplyDelete
  7. I cannot imagine what it took to build that dam. Lovely photos Kim. I could not have stood those high temps. hugs♥olive

    ReplyDelete
  8. yes the unpackign and packing are the worst part! But glad you had a great time! :)
    Kristi

    ReplyDelete
  9. Glad you had a good time. Twin and I are going to Vegas in a couple weeks. We will be doing a meet and greet with Donny and Marie (they put on a fabulous show) and will see Cher. Hope it's cooler!

    ReplyDelete
  10. What an amazing trip, Kim!
    I have always wanted to see Hoover Dam, and now I did! ;) from the comfort of my office!
    Had to laugh--I saw a picture taken by my daughter of me at the Hendesonville, NC Apple Festival this weekend, and came to the same conclusion you did- Moving, eating better, again.
    3 years ago I lost 40 pounds with Weight Watcher- I think I have found 15 of them again.
    Guess what came in the mail last night!!??
    A letter/offer from WW to join for free and a free month! WooHoo!
    Guess that was my okay from God ;)
    Anyway, we need to see less of ourselves when we look in the mirror, right?
    Hugs to you-so glad you're home!
    ~me

    ReplyDelete
  11. Welcome home! Isn't it always amazing at the amount of laundry after a trip...even if it is only for a few days!

    I really hate high heat, I don't know how you did it. We are getting better at planning trips around the time of year when it isn't so hot. Of course this year, there has been no escaping the heat anywhere.

    I've never been out west. There are so many places I want to see. I hope we can take a month after retirement (a few years down the road) and just road trip all over the place.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Welcome back home Kim! And thanks for taking us along on your journey with such great pics! We used to live in the Mojave desert so I can appreciate the high temps you had while you were there! Hoover Dam and Lake Mead are really impressive, so glad you got to see both!

    Kat :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. great pictures.....glad your home safe....was out in vegas many many moons ago and was the hottest the west coast had seen in like 20 yrs....when we drove home we took the mexico texas route and turkey farmers were watching there livestock just fall over from the heat...i have had no desire to go back out!!!

    ReplyDelete
  14. It looks as though you had a great trip!!
    We used to go there on vacations, when I was a kid.
    I hated that heat!!
    As always - I love reading your blog!
    Don't stay away from the computer too long!!
    Hugs,
    gabriele

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hoover Dam is overwhelming in size. Isn't it amazing how they built all of that without the construction equipment that exists now. And it has stayed all these years and hasn't fallen down. I loved arriving at Lake Mead and the dam because we were 45 minutes from Las Vegas.

    ReplyDelete
  16. We used to take our kids to Lake Mead every summer. It was far enough away yet close enough to get there and start relaxing. One time we were out on the lake and it was like 115, it was like a hot dry blow dryer blowing on you. Most of the time we were in the water. We still had a blast and went again the next year.
    As far as Hoover Dam, you should have taken the tour. There are elevators in the dam and they take you down to the inside, and then the bottom of the dry side. Kinda cool.
    Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Looks like you had a fun vacation! I love to see parts of the country that are different from where I love too. And yes, vacations can wreck the diet and exercise plan for sure!;D

    ReplyDelete
  18. Thanks for stopping by my post. I haven't been to Hoover Damn in many years. It is an amazing feat of engineering! Thank you for sharing your trip pics. I love the rugged beauty of the dessert. Cherry Kay

    ReplyDelete
  19. I love Vegas! We went for the first time in October. The weather was great! We were warned not to go during the summer. Our friends said if felt like walking into a hair dryer everytime you went outside! We toured Hoover Dam & were amazed by that bridge too!

    ReplyDelete
  20. I love Vegas! We went for the first time in October. The weather was great! We were warned not to go during the summer. Our friends said if felt like walking into a hair dryer everytime you went outside! We toured Hoover Dam & were amazed by that bridge too!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Great pictures. Hoover Damn is really interesting. It's amazing they were able to build such an incredible place so long ago. Those are the temps we've been dealing with since May, and it's been to 122, averaging around 112. Really hot. I will be so glad when it finally cools down. Glad you had a great time. Hugs, Marty

    ReplyDelete
  22. Kim, I can remember going to Hoover Dam as a small child. It sounds like you had fun but I guess you are happy to be sleeping in your own bed. I hate the unpacking and washing after a trip! Hugs, Sherry

    ReplyDelete
  23. Kim what great photos! I've never been to Vegas but hubs has a few times.

    You should definitely plan a girlfriend weekend in NYC...it is a lot of fun to stay and shop there and of course to see a show!!!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Great photos! It's hard to capture with a photo what you see when you're there! It's amazing! ♥ I'm so glad you had a good trip! ♥

    ReplyDelete
  25. The view is breathtaking! I always enjoy the sights at Hoover Dam. Thanks for showing them again, Kim....Christine

    ReplyDelete
  26. Kim- It is so funny to see that traffic. The last time I was there it was in the mid 70's. They said the traffic problem would be allievated when the new road became a reality....guess that never happened! lol

    It looks like you had quite a tour, though...but, still, it is always nice to get back home and there is nothing like the beauty of your own area, is there?

    I am glad you are back and will be looking forward to your posts. Diana

    ReplyDelete
  27. Great photos Kim, we visited Hoover last year (my first time). My husband grew in Ca. and was a frequent visitor as a child, he told me that when he was a child the guides were actually people who worked at the dam...they just took whoever had the time to show visitors around...Isn't that a hoot!!!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Great photos Kim, we visited Hoover last year (my first time). My husband grew in Ca. and was a frequent visitor as a child, he told me that when he was a child the guides were actually people who worked at the dam...they just took whoever had the time to show visitors around...Isn't that a hoot!!!

    ReplyDelete
  29. We were in Las Vegas this week for a few days....it was about 94 and one morning it rained! We returned home to much cooler weather as well!

    ReplyDelete

DESIGNED BY ECLAIR DESIGNS