Murdo Girl…On the road..day 12..Hoover Dam

We had to catch up with ourselves today, so we decided to wait until tomorrow to go to the Skywalk over the Grand Canyon. Hoover Dam was scary enough for me. There is something about heights that messes with my equilibrium. If I look down from way up there, I feel like I’m going to fall, way down there.

Here’s how our day went. We took the dogs for a long walk like we do every morning. Then we found a barbershop and Kip got a haircut. From there we went to Walmart to get some supplies. We didn’t spend nearly as much money as we did the day before when we stopped at Walmart in St. George, Utah. Right before we got there, the driver’s side shade fell down, so Kip pulled into the Walmart parking lot to fix it. While he was doing that, I went into the store to buy a few things we needed.

I was only in the store for a little while, but by the time I got back out to the motor home, Kip had talked to a guy who saw him fixing the shade and one thing led to another. The guy ended up crawling under the RV and decided we needed new shocks. Kip said the guy’s men could do it now. I said, “Now?” Kip said, “Yes, now.” So we doubled back a few exits to a Chevron Truck Stop where the guy’s workers were. We didn’t even have to get out. They put the shocks on while we ate lunch. By the time we finished eating, they were done and we were on our way. Kip said he already knew we needed new shocks, but he couldn’t get the RV into the shop before we left. It does make you wonder though doesn’t it? How much business does that guy get by hanging out in the Walmart parking lot?

When we left, Kip asked me if I had noticed the sign that said campers would be towed. I guess our group of 31 wouldn’t have been welcome there. Then I noticed the shade wasn’t fixed. He said “Oh yeah, I needed you to help me hold it.”It’s fixed now.

Back to today. When we got back from running errands, we drove the 12 miles to see Hoover Dam. We tow my jeep behind the RV to drive on our side trips. Once again the weather was beautiful. We were surprised at the number of people there on a Thursday in October. The dam was pretty impressive. It’s quite an engineering feat. Lake Mead is beautiful too, although the water level is really low from lack of rain.

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Lake Mead

We managed to spend the whole afternoon walking and looking at everything. We walked up the stairs and across the arched bridge that spans the Colorado River and links Arizona and Nevada. It is named The Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. Mike O’Callaghan was a Governor of Nevada, and Pat Tillman was the football player who left his career with the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the United States Army. He was in Special Forces and was later killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan.

The Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge..Me on the walkway across it.

Tomorrow we go to the Skywalk that extends 70 feet out and 4000 feet above the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Kip wants to walk out on it. I’ll have to take a look, but I doubt I will be doing that.

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Yes of course I remember Hoover. He invented the vacuum cleaner during his Reign.

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…On the road..day 12..Hoover Dam

  1. sanjuan831 October 21, 2016 / 9:54 am

    Glad you got to see all that and get the shocks fixed and visit Walmart. I would check out that skywalk also, but probably be chicken and not walk on it. Great photos!

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  2. countrygirl57 October 21, 2016 / 10:11 am

    Exciting, interesting day. Hoover Dam is very impressive. We saw it many years ago. Be careful on the bridge. I would not be able to do that with my fear of heights!!😳😳. Love and miss you. 😍😍😍

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  3. scoper07 October 21, 2016 / 2:25 pm

    Impressive pictures. The bypass bridge was made by an Omaha company. They built the span in half on each side of the ravine and then lowered to two halves together.

    I’m right with you on the heights messing with my equilibrium. If I can hold onto something, it lessens my wooziness. Grab onto Kips hand and you’ll do fine.

    Next exit, get your tires rotated! :-). Or like we used to Joke when we worked at Dean’s 66: Just rotate the air in the tires.

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  4. Mari Jackson October 21, 2016 / 2:57 pm

    We all are enjoying traveling with you and Kip, thanks for letting us come along. Tomorrow will be just “grand” as the Canyon is always beautiful with its brilliant colors. This is such fun!

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