On our first full day in Vegas, the boyf and I got to fly down a course of ziplines. They are strung between the hills over Boulder City. I was a little scared at first, but when I remembered that I had done a zipline at a rundown, practically deserted amusement park in northern China (over water!), I realized that I was likely much safer in this situation. If nothing else, I was better off than one of the other people in our group, who was literally still drunk from his night of drinking and gambling. I don't think he shut up for more than 30 seconds at a time, but at least he made me feel smarter!
Anyway, the views alone made it worth the brief hike it took to get to the starting point of the first line.
The boyf waiting to get unhooked:
There was a fairly strong headwind working against us as we slid down the second-to-last line, so I didn't pick up enough speed to make it all the way to the platform. It is the unhappy task of the guides to pull stragglers to the platform, hand over hand.
Next up, the boyf's parents drove us to the Hoover Dam, which was a first for me, unless there's some childhood roadtrip I'm not remembering...
This bridge is nearly completed and will provide an alternative route for the traffic that often gets bogged down at the Dam.
It was a fun day for this here "East Coast brat" (my mom's own words!). I have seen very little of America between the two coasts, so I was excited to be out and about among the desert hills. And the Hoover Dam is kind of beautiful, in a weird way. There are certain art deco aspects to its construction that recall the era in which it was built. I certainly felt like I was getting a hefty dose of Americana. :)
So who wants to give me an excuse to go see Mount Rushmore?