When I visited Hoover Dam yesterday, it was my intention to just scratch the surface. I had been there about 10 years ago, and I thought I had seen almost everything.
I was wrong.
When I arrived at the parking deck I was told that the tours were sold out for the day, so I opted to skip the deck and the $10 fee that it included. 😛
I wandered around a bit before making my way to the visitor center. I thought my America the Beautiful Pass would allow me access, but alas… no. Since I was arriving after 2:30, I considered holding off on the visit until the next day, but the attendant had told me that she had one open spot for the power plant and dam tour. $10… SOLD!
Check out the turbines in the power plant…
… and one of the halls within the dam.
There were some original markings on the wall when cracks were found. This one shows a crack that was discovered on November 18, 1934.
I was also able to stick my phone through one of the vents to capture a bit of video looking upward. At this point, I was 100+ feet inside the dam.
I tend to stay away from the more touristy things, but I am glad I took the tour. It took about an hour and was a small group. After that, I was on my way to explore. 😀