Hoover Dam

The day after the conference in Las Vegas finished we joined a day trip with some of the conference delegates to visit the Hoover Dam and take a trip down the Colorado River through Black Canyon. It was an amazing day – so different and so quiet and I almost relaxed (as much as one can on a raft especially when Xero had an outage and with one feeble bar of reception I was trying to tweet and email the team back home to keep our customers informed because I was on a river in the middle of nowhere!)

The dam is huge and we got to go on a tour inside the power plant – turbines and pipes are huge. I also got to stand with one foot in Nevada and one in Arizona as the State line runs across the middle of the dam.

Hoover Dam/Black Canyon trip

Hoover Dam/Black Canyon trip

We were given picnic lunches (and a life-jacket for me … embarrassing as it was for The Mister as I was the only one, and we were barely under engine power, we floated most of the way) and boarded the raft for a 2-hour trip down through Black Canyon. The guide was informative, a river traveller for most of his life telling us about the dam, canyon and wildlife – we saw a mountain sheep and a bald eagle. The bus met us down river to take us back to the hotel in Las Vegas – everyone was pretty cold by then, except me because the life-jacket kept me so snuggly warm!

Hoover Dam/Black Canyon trip

Hoover Dam/Black Canyon trip

Hoover Dam/Black Canyon trip

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