July 14, 2009

Zipline and Hoover Dam

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.

Lake Mead in the distance:

I think it might be Las Vegas proper in the distance of this picture:

I am on the right:

Not the most ladylike pose.

The boyf waiting to get unhooked:

Me being rescued by one of the guides:

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.

Hot Dam:

Isn't the lake water pretty?

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?


Mom said...

East Coast snob, darling, not brat. Never a brat.

Jenny said...

ah it is my dreammmm to go ziplining -- can i be you?!

Anonymous said...

When you go to South Dakota, it's not JUST Rushmore... very close are the Crazyhorse monument and Jewel Cave (third longest cave in the world) and Wind Cave. There's also Custer state park... all in the SE corner of the state. I've been planning a trip there for a long time now, but it's on a long list of places I want to see in the US.

It would be a great roadtrip for you as well, think of all the amazing things you could see on the way!

olga said...

I LOVE ziplining! I did it in Costa Rica and it was absolutely amazing. Awesome photos!

Anonymous said...

Just go to Rushmore, no excuses! AH, I can't believe you guys are in Vegas! I've always wanted to go, and it looks like you're having so much fun! I haven't gone on a zipline since summer camp.

brandi said...

i love ziplines! that looks like so much fun

Gena (Choosing Raw) said...

You are a BRAVER woman that I am!!! Awesome pics :)

K from ksgoodeats said...

'Hot dam' haha! You are braver than I! If I had gotten stuck on the line I would have BAWLED my eyes out!

Maria Rose said...

Cool! I have always wanted to try ziplines, they look like so much fun.

Katherine said...

ahem (clearing my throat sound) do you not remember that your former college roommate lives almost exactly between the two coast in good ol' Kansas City?! The things I could show an east coast snob (as your mom corrected) are neverending...wheat fields, corn fields, cows, horses, etc. Haha! Trust me there is a lot more here than meets the eye. Consider yourself cordially invited (for the millionth time!) to experience really America.