>> Monday, January 14, 2013
In my last post, I showed fun photos of Pharmie and I in Vegas, and I shared our "Vegas tips." (Lots of readers chimed in with their tips too!) In this post, I'll be showing photos from our 2 big outings.
I forgot one big piece of Vegas advice in my last post: ask your friends (IRL, FB, Twitter, etc) what's good to do! You probably know people who are into things that you're into, and they'll have some ideas. D.J. gave us a TON of advice on FB, and she's the one who recommended the Pinball Hall of Fame along with the 2 things we did below in this post. THANKS D.J.!!!
Sunday afternoon, we rented a car and drove west out of the city to Red Rock Canyon. Here was our first view after starting the 13-mile scenic drive through the park:
At the 2nd hiking trail.
For a sense of scale, can you see the 2 people on the white rock near the lower-left?
Pharmie wanted a photo of me and this hill behind me because
it reminded her of Red Lobster's cheesy-garlic biscuits.
Enjoying the views heading through a dry river bed.
And higher... Notice how close she is to that
mountain compared to the photo of her on gravel road at the start.
Hiking in the shade.
Back to the gravel road heading to the car.
Ran a bit near the turn-around in the middle.
1,000 feet up, 1,000 feet down!
The next morning, we got up and drove to the other side of Vegas. We went south-east to Boulder City. We drove just a block past the Lake Mead Visitor Center (which we knew was closed for renovation), and we parked in a lot near the River Mountains Trail. As I noted in my last post, the final 4 miles of the 30+ River Mountains trail system is called the Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail. It's a trail that was built in the 1930s so railcars could access the Hoover Dam construction site. In 1964 the rail lines were tore up, and it was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in the 1980s. We hopped on the trail to head towards the Hoover Dam.
Starting the trail.
The rising sun's behind Pharmie.
400 feet above Lake Mead (and the marina).
Tunnels #1 and #2.
Outside of Tunnel #1.
Well I DID! :)
Heading into Tunnel #1.
Tunnel #3 in the distance.
Out of Tunnel #4 and heading to the fifth (and final) tunnel.
Tunnel #5 curved in the middle, so it was DARK as we ran into it.
It was the widest one in the middle because of the space the train cars needed to turn.
Now our views of Lake Mead were gone as we started heading down into the canyon between rocky hills. But we soon had a different view: BIG HORN SHEEP!
Starting to descend.
A short, steep little hill.
Down and down some more.
Pharmie running down the back-and-forth ramps.
It spit us out on top of the Hoover Dam parking ramp. We made it!
(Notice all the steps behind Pharmie to the right.)
It was pretty flat through the 5 tunnels, then it was DOWNHILL!
The 7 turbines on the Nevada side.
Back up top.
Me and the Pinky and the Brain shorts at Hoover!
We didn't have time to hike all the way up to Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge,
but THAT would have been a view!
Looking out over Lake Mead (the white line is where the
water level SHOULD be - they're in a 15-year drought).
Back up all the stairs / ramps.
Our view of Lake Mead once we got back to the Railroad Tunnel Trail.
Pharmie heading back through Tunnel #4.
Tunnels #2 and #1.
Nearly done. That's the edge of Boulder City to the right.
Pace graph on the way back from the dam. I left Pharmie shortly
after taking that last photo so I could get back to the car and stretch for a minute.
Pharmie heading towards me as I'm stretching by the car.
My right foot as I rolled through my left IT band.