Roadschooling East to West: Vegas and Hoover Dam

It’s normally about a four hour drive from the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas, with a speed limit of 70 most of the way. When you’re driving in the “monsoon season”, however, you might end up driving around 40 miles an hour for quite a while through driving rain, extending your trip time. Ugh.

We tried to drive on Route 66 several times during our trip. I thought it would be a cool thing to do in Kingman, so we decided to get gas on Route 66. That area of Kingman is not really a place for family travelers. Maybe it was the specific gas station, maybe it was the time of day (midday, so go figure), maybe it was the day of the week (Tuesday!), but I wouldn’t stop there again. It was disappointing for some reason.

Vegas. Many people love Vegas. Many people even take their kids to Vegas. I had googled things to do with kids in Vegas in case we spent any amount of time there. After talking it over with my husband, we decided that driving through Vegas to see the lights would be good enough for us. We weren’t sure what our girls would end up seeing if we stayed and toured around. Some things you just don’t want to explain to kids. Or to anyone for that matter.

Welcome to Las Vegas sign

Sin City

I was pleasantly surprised with how tame everything was. It WAS only 6:30pm though and the sun was still up, so we might have been too early for the eye poppers. Driving up the strip, I was able to snap a couple of pics to prove we were there. We then went to visit with some friends who live in the area.

The Luxor Casino

The Luxor

Paris Las Vegas Casino

Paris Las Vegas

In the morning we went to the Hoover Dam. Since our youngest is not yet 8-years old we couldn’t take the Dam Tour so we did the Power Plant Tour. Still fascinating, and it was the perfect amount of touring for the girls. It was cool to see the innards of of the dam. They also have a hands-on museum that explains the building of the dam and what it’s actually used for (water control more than electricity!).

One word of warning: if you’re moving across the country and have some of your belongings strapped to the top of your vehicle, prepare to be mistrusted in secure areas. . .

Security check at Hoover Dam

Suspicious with that roof rack!

 

Bridge over Hoover Dam

Bridge over Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam turbines

The turbines – MASSIVE!

Learning about electricity usage at the Hoover Dam museum

Learning about electricity usage

Nevada - Arizona border at the Hoover Dam

Nevada – Arizona border

One of the Winged Figures of the Republic - bronze statue

One of the Winged Figures of the Republic – bronze statue

The Hoover Dam

The Dam

After spending time on the Arizona/Nevada border we headed even farther west — California. Next stop, Hollywood!

   Not So SAHM

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