We left the Grand Canyon National Park way too early. I would have loved to spend days there. It seems like a great and challenging place to hike and explore. But our time during Spring Break was limited and our road long.
The next overnight stop on our tour west was Las Vegas. But shortly before that:
The Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.
Lake Mead is the lake that came into being in the place in which the Hoover Dam holds back the water of the Colorado River.
Both parts, the lake and the dam made the current draught very obvious. I find dams scary but an almost empty dam is even scarier.
Before you get to Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam, you have to wait in line for quite a bit. A police officer will ask you a few questions. Every now and then a car is randomly selected. With our luck, we were randomly selected.
Unlike most other cars, we did not have to unpack our trunk – that would have taken forever, so we were quite happy about the officer’s mercy – and could proceed. We drove up to a higher point from which we had a nice view on the lake. Then we headed to the dam and walked around for a bit to see it from different angles.
From Lake Mead and the dam it is not much further to Las Vegas. By the time we arrived there, it was pitch black. We checked into our room for the night and made plans for the rest of the evening. After dinner at Olive Garden and a stop at Walmart, we put on lipstick and comfy shoes and headed down the strip.
At this point we were still contemplating whether we should go to a club or not. However, we took our time walking up and down the strip, so that when we were half way back up, the clubs and bars started closing up.
It had been a long day and the drive would continue in the morning. So we decided to call it a night and get some rest. We may not have had the stereotypical Las Vegas Casino and Party experience but a first impression on the city.
The next morning, we drove through Las Vegas to get some breakfast and buy post cards. By this time the often told story was confirmed. The strip looks great at night. In the morning, it looks like a deserted amusement park.