Arizona, Take off Your Rainbow Shades

welcomesignarizona
After some thought to visiting Death Valley and London Bridge in Nevada, we decided to head East, beginning to work our way back. Over the past week, the journey had taken us into Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada. Still, a lot to see and a long way to drive, and time is running short.

Day7Map

We drove to see Hoover Dam to get a better view of the facilities and Lake Mead than we had on the tourbus yesterday. Unfortunately, we could not find the way to get a picture of the front of the dam, but got several pictures of the lake and the back area.


As we go, I continue to find the changes in the terrain fascinating. And the temperatures are far more reminiscent of my Southern roots than the much cooler climes of Iowa.

Making it as far as Phoenix, we realized the goal of Roswell, New Mexico, for the day wasn’t going to happen. So we found a motel for the evening and settled into a very nice room for the night. Actually got to see most of Game 7 of the NBA Finals (GO HEAT!!).

Advertisement

Checking off a Bucket List Item

110_0967
RB got the day off, a chance to set under the cool canopy of a parking deck while Momma and I rode a tourbus from Las Vegas to an old entry on my Bucket List–The Grand Canyon. We rode past Hoover Dam and the Colorado River while the driver gave us history of road construction around the dam and played a PBS documentary about the site’s construction. After a rather limited night’s sleep last night, I didn’t hear the entire film.

Day7Map

The trip took us into Arizona–my first visit to the state. We had lunch in a small town then continued on to the canyon. Momma’s visited the canyon before, so she let me explore mostly on my own.

We visited two sites on the canyon’s South side, so we missed the opportunity to walk out on the glass walkway–which is on the West rim–an opportunity I’d hoped I would have. Despite this, the Grand Canyon is truly grand and one of those places that doesn’t disappoint. It was a pleasure to take it off my list.

In some shots, the Colorado River is again visible far below in the canyon.

Back on the bus, we made our way back to Vegas. It was late when we were finally dropped off at the hotel. Momma availed herself of the casino facilities while I headed to the room in the hope for a few extra hours of sleep.