Its Dam Big!


So, after some more terrifying turbulence and the blinds near us suddenly clapping shut, we finally made it into Vegas. We drove past the welcome to Vegas sign in awe and then we glimpsed the beginnings of the hotel including one huge black pyramid glistening in the heat. This would be our home for the next few days. Gulp. We had an hour to walk around in a daze and grab some lunch from Excalibur , which is a huge castle that looks like it belongs in Shrek.

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We also glimpsed the New York and the Eiffel tower. This really is an adult playground. We also popped into the chapel by the food court but did we?
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Some parts of what goes on in Vegas may have to remain sealed in Vegas.

I can tell you that we sped into a casino on the way back to the bus and Luke turned one dollar into five on a slot machine. Good work for someone who had no clue what he was doing!

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We then watched a sign being unfurled

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on our hotel before heading to the Dam, Hoover Dam.
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We made it to the Hoover Dam and I instantly envisioned the clip in James Bond where the man parachuted into the basin. I didn’t try this daring feat but instead I went on the tour around the dam. This started with a very motivational, maybe a little too much, film about the history of the dam. It really is amazing that it was built in less than two years! I can’t imagine anything could be built like that now. It takes them months just to build a road in the UK. We descended deep underground and saw some electricity being generated, stood on top of gallons of water and walked through some stone tunnels.

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Afterwards we walked onto the viewing point and it was so hot! I nearly burnt my hand on the railings but luckily a fellow passenger forewarned me. We then got to walk along the border between Nevada and Arizonatime lines. It was an immense structure and a huge drop over one side. It’s just mind-boggling that they were able to build this.

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We made it across the other side of the road and got to walk along the opposite bridge.

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This gave us a different perspective of the dam, which was just a breathtaking to be able to take it all in. It was very hot though and I had to scuttle back to the bus for shelter.

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We then got back to the imposing, black pyramid and got to take a peek at our rooms. Luckily there was no mummies in the rooms.

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There are marble walls, papyrus paintings, the biggest TV I have ever seen and two huge beds. I can’t believe all of these rooms are so big it is incredible. We are really going to get lost here, which we found out as we had to work our way back to meet Marianne (sorry I spelt her name wrong before!) for the buffet for dinner. My word, what a dinner! The assortment of things I had on my plate at one time was a bit ridiculous. I just seem to have to help myself and I got a bit carried away by getting a little bit of everything. I have never had hummus and sushi at the same time before and I don’t think I will again. I also sneaked some cookies out with me for an emergency stash for the night. However, having won my first amount of $5.76 (beating Luke) and covered in more than a few crumbs, I emerged from the Luxorto begin my night out, minus the cookies. Oops. In my defence they had M & M’s in!

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