Sunday, September 16, 2012

On to Vegas

The first time we came to Vegas was in 1999 for Bob's 50th birthday. Each time we visit we are amazed at the changes that have occurred since the last visit. Not only do the suburbs keep creeping further and further out into the desert but the strip itself is constantly changing as older casinos/hotels are demolished and taller sleeker ones are erected in their place. Hard to imagine that businesses and individuals are in economic difficulty when you are here.

Views of the Bellagio fountains from the back side.

There is a lot more to do in Las Vegas besides checking out all the casinos. While here we spent a day on Mt. Charleston . . .

Stormy weather moving in over the mountains.

Our view from the terrace of the Mt. Charleston Inn.

Didn't realize that the rain was turning into snow at the higher altitudes . . .

until we got near the top. At this point we turned around.

explored Red Rock Canyon . . .

One of the wild burros that roam freely. Below are Desert Bighorn Sheep.

toured the Hoover Dam . . .

View of Lake Meade.

New vehicle bridge over the river.

Below are the generators located inside the dam.

and traveled through Death Valley.

Badwater - 282 feet below sea level.

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