Our first stop this morning was at Tix4Tonight, a discount show ticket vendor at the Fashion Show Mall on The Strip. We parked in a small surface lot right outside Macy’s Men's store about a quarter mile off the Strip and walked inside the mall to the Las Vegas Blvd entrance where the ticket discounter was located. After conferring with one of the Tix4Tonight representatives and then with each other, we decided on two tickets for the 8:00 show of Rock of Ages appearing at the Venetian. Since seats are reserved, Tix4Tonight only sells a voucher for the tickets. Once we had the voucher, we went straight to the Venetian to actually pick up the tickets so we’d have a good choice of seats.
tickets in hand and the day to kill until 7:30 when the theater doors
were scheduled to open, we decided to drive to Hoover Dam to see the new
bridge over the Colorado River gorge just downstream of the dam. We
were somewhat surprised to find the visitor services at the dam in full
operation in spite of the government shut-down. Mary went on the
internet via our smart phone and determined that the dam is not operated
by appropriated funds but by funds that come from operation of the dam,
most notably the electricity generated. National Park Service
facilities in the area were closed and barricated as expected. We drove
the new road and crossed the bridge high above the river. Unfortunately,
because of the high barrier walls, you can’t see the dam from the road
when travelling east. We went to the first Arizona interchange and
turned around for the return trip. There is a walkway along the dam-side
of the bridge which was being used by a fair number of tourists. We
took the first Nevada exit that gives access to the old road down to and
across the dam. This is the tourist route.
There may not have
been many on the bridge but the dam was crawling with tourists. They
were like ants. We drove across the dam stopping many times for
pedestrians in crosswalks and parked on the Arizona side, the only
location of over-sized vehicle parking. We wandered around but stayed
fairly close to our parking spot and took some pictures of the lake side
of the dam.
The water is down probably sixty feet or more below where
it was the first time we visited the dam with Danica in 1997. The water
level has been low for several years as we discovered the last time we
were here in 2010.
After getting some pictures, we got back in the truck
and drove back to Vegas.