Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Photo: The Mighty Colorado River

On the approach to the Hoover Dam bypass bridge from the Arizona side, there is a scenic overlook that gives a view of the high desert plains, the Colorado River below, and the rocky mountainous terrain.

The government searched this area to try to find the best site for the construction of Hoover Dam. there were fissures in the rock in some locations, and other locations were too isolated for access or too narrow to construct the spillways.

I am sure that the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Bureau is delighted with the location that was chosen, as it is only about 35 miles (50 km) from Las Vegas.

It is sometimes difficult to decide whether to fly or drive to Vegas. It is about 4 1/2 hours to drive from the Phoenix area to Vegas, and all of the casino hotels have free parking. It is about 3 hours to go to the airport, park, check luggage, go to the gate and wait for the flight, fly, then get your luggage on the other end. For business trips where I don't have luggage, of course it is easy to fly up and back in a day.

Check out fabulous travel photos of our recent trip to Africa at Viva la Voyage!


brattcat said...

This has such depth and texture.

Sharon said...

Beautiful shot Julie.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I like your photo, but I beg to differ regarding your headline, describing the Colorado River as "mighty." The Mississippi is mighty. The Colorado has been tamed for much of its length (although not through the Grand Canyon). There are so many dams on the Colorado that in many places it has the characteristics of a narrow lake.

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