Day 19 – Friday – August 5, 2011
0500 Wake up. Darby is looking at me. Might as well just forget the alarm and get up now. Once again, the time change helps!
0525 Stop in the lobby to get coffee after walking Darby. The coffee is bad. Over all I am NOT impressed with this hotel.
0545 Shower. Good to have water pressure again.
0600 Wake the kids up.
0629 Leaving hotel. Stop next door at Jack in the Box for breakfast.
0647 Looking for a Grand Canyon sign. We’re lost! You would think they would have better signs for something as famous as the Grand Canyon!
0650 Finally figure out where we’re going. We are the only car on the road at the moment.
0745 Grand Canyon entrance gate
0752 Stop at Mather’s Point overlook and visitor’s center. Walk along the rim trail and take lots of pictures. The lighting isn’t as good as I hoped but the view is amazing! It’s so vast that it’s really hard to tell how big it is – no scale references like at Royal Gorge where you have the bridge over the river and the people walking below. Never less – I have finally seen the Grand Canyon! Woohoo!
0930 Leaving Grand Canyon. Things are getting busy. Good thing we came early!
0944 Horse trailer full of aluminum cans. No horse.
1032 Back to I-40 where we started this morning.
1049 Ryan spots a cowboy. A real cowboy – riding a horse – and tending the cattle. Cool!
1155 Kingman, AZ
12:00 p.m. Lunch break at Sonic
12:20 p.m. Gas, $3.39/gallon
1:26 p.m. Stop at the scenic overlook. I thought it was the Colorado River but it was actually Lake Mojave. Almost to Hoover Dam and the new bridge! Current temperature, 103 degrees.
Wait – what was that? Was that the bridge? But I couldn’t see anything! I couldn’t see the bridge or the dam or the river or anything! Waa! I want my money back!!!
Decide to exit and drive across the dam so we can actually see it and see the bridge from below. Cross back to Arizona and then back to Nevada once more.
2:00 p.m. Leaving Hoover Dam.
2:01 p.m. Lake view overlook – Lake Mead. Current temperature, 107 degrees!
2:10 p.m. Boulder City. Driving around and showing the kids my old house, old school, etc.
2:45 p.m. Dairy Queen for ice cream.
3:10 p.m. Holiday Inn Express in Henderson.
5:00 p.m. Can’t go swimming yet – someone had an accident in the pool.
6:30 p.m. Dinner at Sunset Station Casino buffet. Good thing we beat the crowd – the line is long when we leave.
After dinner we go to the pool. It is still very warm out here.
For one last field trip of the day – a drive down the Las Vegas Strip. Lots of lights and oh so many people! It has been a long time since I’ve been here. It seems so much more over the top than before.
10:30 p.m. Back at the hotel. Current temperature, 91 degrees.