Mesa to Pitt 2015

Mesa to Pitt 2015
Mesa to OBX

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Touring the dam and stern wheeling the lake May 16

Thursday May 16. We were off to the dam again this morning, and we finally got to do our tour. We saw everything we were supposed to see, including an opportunity to look out of a grate that was about 2/3s of the way down the dam, looking downstream on the river. As we ascended to the top of the dam in an elevator, our guide was informed by phone that the dam was shutting down again. They couldn't tell us why, but I said 'The toilets are clogged!' before the elevator doors opened, and the cat was out of the bag. Once again the scene was of disarray, as the tour bus crowds kept descending onto the dam, and there was going to be no more tours! We were glad to get our tour done and get out of there before we had to do number one!
We went over to the Lake Meade Marina, and took a stern wheeler with a hundred of our closest Chinese friends, to see the Black Canyon, behind the dam. It was a unique view, and even though the wind was blowing chairs across the top deck, it was a worthwhile trip. Still no bighorn sheep, though. We ended our busy day with another trip to the cool waters of Boulder Beach.

Inside the power plant looking down at the turbines

Compare the truck with the turbine in front and you can see how big they are!

In the turbine room

This is the view from 2/3 of the way down the dam face

This is the tunnel we traveled thru to get to the vent that showed the above view.

Inside the dam

If there is an emergency and the workers need to evacuate the dam, they travel on these very vertical steps!  This is looking up.....

this is looking down!

Many views from the top deck of the boat.....

Entering Black Canyon towards the Hoover Dam

Looking at the dam from Lake Meade

Looking down at the stern wheel

Looking out over Lake Meade at the many colors - unfortunately it was hazy so the colors aren't really sharp

Coming back into the marina

And we finally found a bighorn sheep!!!!

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