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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Las Vegas, Nevada & Hoover Dam - Ethans Birthday - June 27th 2012

Las Vegas, Nevada

When we arrived in Vegas it was late around 11:30 p.m., we were exhausted but this is the time when Vegas comes alive. 

We stayed at the Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower
The tower has rides and shops or you can go up there just to enjoy the spectacular view of Vegas at night.

Hotel pool

View from our window

Lots of beautiful hotels & casinos in Vegas including one with replica of Paris, the Eiffel tower, The Arch de Triomphe, and take a walk inside in the casino area and you will see the Alexander Bridge.  As you walk around the inside of the hotels you feel as if you are transported to the streets of Paris with lots of little shops and bakeries.


For Ethan's 13th birthday we decided to celebrate with a birthday lunch at the Sugar Factory.  They have lots of sweets to choose from along with delicous crepes, waffles, french toast, pancakes, several sandwich choices. I decided to get crepes because they sounded so good.  It was a tough decision so many good choices, but I think I made the right one

The World's largest dam brings much needed water and power to the Southwest.
Built in the 1930's,  96 workers lost their lives during constuction of the Hoover Dam.

The Dam has elegant Art Deco design with bronzed sculptures and a polished terazzo floor.

The construciton of the Hoover Dam formed Lake Mead.
A National Recreation Area that offers boating, fishing, camping, waterskiing and swimming.

It was around 110 degrees the day we visited the Hoover Dam.

                 The newly constructed bridge and the Hoover Dam straddle the Colorado River 
                                                       between Nevada and Arizona. 

The Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge
Construction on the bridge began in 2005 and the bridge opened in late 2010.  The bridge carries four lanes of traffic between Nevada and Arizona. 

There is a visitors center and a parking garage.

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