Friday, July 13, 2012

July 9 - Las Vegas to Grand Canyon via Hoover Dam

Left Bally's early with the intention of catching breakfast on the way. Just at the entrance to the freeway we came across an old style McDonalds with walk up windows and outside seating.

The person at the window had a great sense of humor and coupled with the newness of it made it rather unique.

The drive to the Hoover Dam was quite short and we came to it shortly. When we were here the last, the across the Colorado River was just starting to get built and we were anxious to see it complete having seen some gorgeous pictures of it.

We went to the bridge access first and walked some distance on to the bridge, and came back since we really wanted to see what the finished bridge looked like. So then we drove over to the dam parking lot but couldn't get a good view of the bridge. We finally found some "pull overs" by the side of the road where the bridge was visible in all it's glory. What a magnificent engineering feat, the picture does not do justice to the enormous high span it truly is.

We left after we had out fill and proceeded towards the South Rim of the Grand Canyon which was our destination for the next three nights.
We skipped lunched, munched on snacks and arrived early afternoon.
We were staying at the Kachina Lodge but the check in was at the EL Tovar hotel next door. The young man who checked us in had recently been to India and struck up a conversation with us. It was rather obvious that he had thoroughly enjoyed his visit and loved talking. He had picked up a couple of complex dishes to cook which was pretty impressive.

After checking in, we found out that the parking lot of the lodges were all full and after unloading the car Sudip took it to the main parking lot. There wasn't anything special about the room but it was located on the RIM and with easy access to the RIM walk.

We went for a walk and looked into the various available activities and decided on taking the guided Fossil Walk the next morning.

Had dinner at the El Tovar Dinning Room. It was more pomp and show than great food. The food was of acceptable quality and the prices outrageous.

Location:Kachina Lodge

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