Last stop on this trip was at Red Rock Canyon. I’ve never seen this kind of landscape before and I couldn’t stop staring out the car window. Everywhere you look is snow cap mountains that looks like they’re out of a movie. I mean the scenery is unreal. That’s the one thing I wish we had more of. Like more mountain and forest landscapes. I’ve heard that Utah and Colorado are unreal so hopefully I can get out there one day.
Basically how it works is you can drive through the whole thing which is around 13 miles long. Then you can pull over any time and go hard core hiking or rock climbing or have a picnic or whatever you wanna do. We kept it simple and walked through the main stops along the way. We were not prepared in anyway to go hiking (throwback to the Adirondacks gosh that was a tough time). The views were enough for me. This stop was probably one of my favorites on the whole trip. It was crazy enough literally being in a desert. I didn’t see any rattlesnakes or mountain goats but I did see lots of cactus.
There was also these two men who looked like they were 70 maybe? Riding up this mountain on their bikes. He met us at the top and held up a sign that said 14,000 miles. One thing I learned this trip is that people are amazing.
A wonder of the world. The Hoover Dam.
It’s always exciting seeing something in person that you’ve only ever seen in textbook pictures. It was beautiful. All the men who built this thing I mean come on it’s crazy like superhero things that they did. There’s a statue of a man sitting on a wooden plank while jackhammering. I mean WHAT. I don’t understand how anyone built things like the Hoover Dam or the Empire State Building.
We then got to walk up to the Memorial Bridge which gives you an insane full view of the whole thing. The dam also saddles the Nevada and Arizona state line. Another bucket list item: be at two places at once was also accomplished without even knowing it.
So we basically spent the day walking the Dam and just looking at it haha. That’s all you can really do but it does take your breath away. After that we drove over to Boulder City which is where all the workers set up town while building the Dam. And now it’s a cute little historic town. We got some lunch at Southwest Diner. Also delicious. I got some chili and french fries. I have really been craving chili lately so it hit the spot. It’s funny when you just start liking certain foods that you would never touch as a kid sorry side note.
Anyway thanks to all those men who built this wonder so that the surrounding states could prosper into what they are today. You are the real heroes.