Mommy worked eight days in a row this past week, and she finally had a day off today. So did she spend the day with us, playing and loving on us?
No, she did NOT!
She and Daddy left us all alone (with nothing to do) for TWO WHOLE HOURS!
And now she wants OUR blog to show all y'all and your Moms & Dads what her and Daddy did today.
Well, since we got tuna for a snack...we'll let her.
Hi Folks! Mommy here.
As you may or may not know, I operate (both) of the water treatment plants for Las Vegas...which is a 24/7/365 operation. We have two operators on vacation right now so I've had a little bit of overtime this week. But I wasn't gonna miss the walk across the new Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge for anything! So I took a day off, too. (I normally work weekends.)
Hubby and I have been watching the construction of the Bridge for years and it seems unbelievable that it's finally done. Hoover Dam is going to be closed to through traffic soon, and will only be accessable by car on the Nevada side. All vehicles will be using the new Bridge and bypass to go from Arizona to Nevada, or vice versa. Since 9-11 all truck traffic has been banned from Hoover Dam, and has had to make an hour detour through Laughlin, Nevada. So this is going to be VERY nice for the long-haul drivers!
Last week the Bridge was open for cyclists, and this weekend for pedestrians.
It was a very well-organized event, with buses running back and forth every few minutes.
In the bus, heading down to the new Bridge on US 93.
A shot of the Colorado, below Hoover Dam.
(taken from the bus)
Another view of the Colorado river.
Check out the access road for maintenance crews on the right!
The bypass, going into Arizona.
I suspect it will NEVER be this empty again.
This is NOT the finished Bridge!
I just wanted to give you perspective from the Dam how high up it is.
Hoover Dam, from the Bridge.
The Dam is 720 feet high, and the Bridge is nearly 1000 feet above the river.
We are experiencing an extended drought in the Mohave Desert...most of the water that fills Lake Mead behind the Dam comes from meltwater off the West side of the Rocky Mountains. The big white "bathtub ring" around the lake shows how far down the lake is...almost 200 feet.
These are the power generating stations at the base of Hoover Dam, the set on the left in Nevada, and the set on the right in Arizona.
There were three HUGE flags hanging off the rail of the pedestrian walkway.
The Arizona State Flag,
An American Flag,
and the Nevada State Flag.
There were several plaques outlining Bridge construction:
We had a wonderful time!
And Kitties, The Kats will be back tomorrow.
Have a Great Sunday, Folks!
XX MomKat Trish