As my reward for completing the half marathon,* Scott and I went to Las Vegas this past weekend. We had a blast. But I have to say that the coolest thing we did was go to the Hoover Dam on our way to Vegas. We were absolutely in awe of this engineering marvel. Here are some interesting facts we learned on the Dam Tour:
- The Hoover Dam is almost 727 feet high. That’s the equivalent of a 72-story building.
- Lake Mead (the captured water behind the dam) is the largest man-made lake in the U.S.
- The dam weighs 6,600,000 tons.
- There is enough concrete in the dam to build a highway from San Francisco to New York City.
That’s a heckuva lot of concrete!
After we did our learning on the Dam Tour, we headed over to Vegas, which is about 45 minutes past the Hoover Dam. We did the usual touristy stuff, such as watching the Bellagio fountains, the Treasure Island pirate show (if you go to Vegas and miss this show, you’re not missing much), and the Mirage volcano. We also checked out all of the casinos, which included checking out the Planet Hollywood buffet. On our last night there we went to see Second City (comedy show) at the Flamingo. All in all, it was a good trip and a nice weekend getaway.
On our way back to Tucson we stopped at a tiny little hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Wikieup, AZ. Wikieup is a little town out in the middle of nowhere Arizona. This restaurant was unique because they serve fried rattlesnake! We weren’t brave enough to sample the local cuisine.
*Click here to see pics of me crossing the finish line. Please note that I had just run a half marathon so some of the pics aren’t too pretty. Luckily, I recovered fairly quickly and was only sore for about a day afterward. I’m still debating whether I want to do another one…