The Dam and Route 66
January 30, 2013 5 Comments
Our winter retreat to warmth and sunshine last week included a visit to the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest marvels of engineering and American innovation. I can now add two states to my list of places I’ve visited. Ed has been to every state in the U.S. except Arkansas but I wasn’t the road warrior during those years.
We toured the Grand Coulee Dam a few years ago but the Hoover Dam is a bit more impressive.
The new bridge is a recent engineering marvel and almost 900 feet above the Colorado River, which intimidates even pilots. We took one look at the suspended arc, another look at the depth of the canyon, and agreed neither of us would willingly cross that bridge. Of course we did, by mistake the next day, but fortunately the builders considered height phobias and included tall walls on each side to block the line of sight at the height. Phew! We made it. It isn’t a long bridge. An hour later we met our friends as planned and new adventures began.
Route 66 is not the best maintained road in our country but its history is full of adventure stories.
We found it. We had a GPS, and three phones with map-apps, and only after the adventure did we check a map and see why we got lost and drove so far off our route. But we had a great day!
Our destination was a “heard-of” town called Oatman where the wild burros in the hills come to town during the day. We had limited information but in the desert there aren’t that many roads to choose.
There’s more than local craftsmen and burros in Oatman, AZ. It’s considered a ghost town now but we didn’t see any spectral beings.
When there is no mist, Arizona is spectacular with craggy peaks and painted canyons.
I’ll let the pictures tell the story….