Thursday, June 6, 2013

Canyons, canyons, canyons, dam canyons

So, following on from Mayventure 2013, I've pulled the finger out and sorted a few photos from November 2012 when my parents came to visit. Part of the time here was a road trip to the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Valley of Fire, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon North Rim, Vermillion Cliffs, Lees Ferry and Grand Canyon South Rim.

Let the photo-extravaganza begin!!

Hoover Dam and Lake Mead
Not only is the Hoover Dam the location where Sector 7 kept the frozen Megatron in the revisionist live action version of Transformers which was full of continuity errors as well as having hte unfortunate distinction of launching the 'acting' (ie shouting) career of Shia Le BOOF, it is also the dam that Superman saved in Superman: The Movie AND the one that Michael Knight (we all know it was really KITT) saved in the pilot of Knight Rider (if my memory of TV from 30 years ago serves me correctly)...well they saved the people downstream at least.

Apparently there are some real facts about it too, like that it straddles the border of Arizona and Nevada on the Colorado River; it was built between 1931 and 36 as a Great Depression project; it created Lake Mead which is the largest man made lake in the US (by volume) etc etc. But that's nothing Wikipedia couldn't have told you or didn't tell me...let's take a looky...

View from the relatively new bypass bridge with a big name

The folks

One of the cool things about the dam is all the Art Deco style decorations etc

Penstock towers

The water level is quite a way off max

The Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge - Hoover Dam bypass road (told you the name was long)

Looking down the dam wall to the power generators below

Looking toward the Arizona side

Overflow spillway on the Arizona side

Deco details

The Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

After the Dam we headed up the west side of Lake Mead - looks like the tide was out

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