So this is post two of four posts on my Las Vegas Adventure. Whilst we were in Las Vegas we took two trips out, one to the Grand Canyon, with a brief stop at Hoover Dam, and one to the Dam itself where we got to take a closer look around.

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The Hoover Dam (originally Boulder Dam) was built to stop farmland from flooding, and regulate the flow of the Colorado river. It also provides a source of Hydroelectric power. It’s not as big as I thought it would be, but it’s still pretty amazing. In order to give the structure strength it’s wider at the bottom that it is at the top, and it’s arched so that it will brace the pressure from the water on the lake side. The lake is called lake Mead which provides a whole host of water based leisure activities in what is effectively the middle of the desert.

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The dam took as little as five years to build at the beginning of the 1900’s and, as workers descended on the area a small settlement called boulder city was formed. Building the dam was dangerous work. A total of 112 deaths were recorded as part of the project. Interestingly the first person to die was the father of the last person to die.

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I have far less to say about the Grand Canyon, despite it being far more impressive. I just don’t have the right words to describe it. To say that it’s basically a big hole in the ground totally fails to do it justice. It was truly awesome and totally messed with my sense of perspective because I just wasn’t used to seeing anything so big. We saw the Grand Canyon at sunset, which was really beautiful as the changing light drastically changed the shadows and I would highly recommend it.

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The grand canyon was carved by the Colorado river; the same river that is controlled by the Hoover Dam. You can see the path of the river winding its way through picture above. I would have liked to spend some more time at the Grand Canyon but it was soon time to leave. As a bonus, we stopped on the way back in an area without too much light pollution to get a really good view of the milky way.

This trip was one of the highlights of my Vegas adventure, although all the desert scenery really made me want to give some more attention to grand theft horsey red dead redemption.

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