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Published: February 16th 2011
One of several fish tanks in the Rainforest
in the MGM Casino. Free to look at. And lots to look at!
(Phoenix Christian School)
Our January project ended and we had six days before our February project began, but because this is a two month project, and our team is the same both months, we had the days off…and we had a friend who flew in from North Dakota (Hi, Jean!) so we went to Las Vegas! We had three days to look at all the sights, and I tell you, we walked constantly, and saw as much as we could. We also went to Hoover Dam, so you now get facts about it!
*Hoover Dam is 726’ tall, 1,244 feet long; the maximum water pressure at the base of the dam is 45,000 pounds per square inch.
*At its base, it is 660 feet thick (which is 60 feet longer than two football fields laid end-to-end.) Its top thickness is 45’
*There is enough concrete (4.5 million cubic yards) in Hoover Dam to build a two-lane highway from Seattle Washington to Miami Florida. Or a four-foot wide sidewalk around Earth at its equator. Unbelievable.
*And that concludes your social studies lesson! I just want you to know what a feat this is for something completed
Why can't we have an RVICS project HERE???
They have four floors of M&M things; it made me miss my teaching days.
in 1935. Impressive for today, but mind-boggling for that day, and the equipment they had.
The new bridge going over the Colorado River, completed in 2010, covers a span of 1900’. It is 880’ above the river, which sounds scary, except that they built the sides high enough that you can’t see anything of the dam or the river…makes sense that they wouldn’t want traffic gawking at the sights while driving! Before this bridge was built all the traffic went across the top of the dam.
But back to Vegas…..two days, and into the nights, all we walked and looked at the weirdness, and the spectacular sights. By the third day Bob had had all the noise he could stand, so he stayed in the hotel and Jean and I were left to wandering on our own. We’d purchased ticket to the Price is Right, hosted by Joey Fatone, and although it wasn’t the televised version (which is in LA) they do give away prizes~~not to us as it turned out, but to some of the people. I got called down in the second round, but my guess on a camera wasn’t the closest, so I didn’t get
They raise these lions, and several others, on a ranch, and trade them out every two days. We were watching from outside the glass pen, but later we walked underneath the lion to get inside the exhibit. I took some pictures from under the lions, but you don't want to see them! Just imagine a lion smeared on your windshield and you have it!
to go on stage….if I had, I would have had the chance to win a refrigerator! (Our home doesn’t have room for an additional refrigerator, that’s for certain, and our garage is the back of the pickup, so it’s not like we could put one out there either!) After our one guess, we went back to our seats so they could call four new players. It was exciting, and fun!
By this time the hordes of people who come to Vegas for the Superbowl had arrived (who knew???) and it was CRAZY! For the rest of the afternoon we mostly just watched people~~I enjoyed that, but Jean was disgusted/frightened by them! For sure she didn’t think it was entertaining! So we headed back to the hotel to meet up with Bob.
Have I discussed the weather is here? It’s coolish in the morning~~in the 40s, but by 10 or 10:30 it’s in the mid 60s, headed to 70, where it continues to climb until the sun sets. It reminds me of spring in Montana, where it’s warm in the sunshine, but if you step into the shade it’s very cool. The sunshine is wonderful. Seldom is there even a
Harley Davidson Cafe
Weighing over 7 tons, measuring 25 ft tall and 37 ft, 8 in. long, made of 201 lengths of chain from 44,000 individual chain links! That's a full-size motorcycle in front of it, traveling on a conveyor belt system. Circulating thoughout the 3 levels of the Café are seven classic Harley-Davidson motorbikes!
breeze, and six weeks into our stay here we realize that their rain is just a word mentioned in the otherwise boring weather report!
The school had a talent show over the weekend, and when they say talent show, they don’t just mean anyone who can stand on a stage! The talent was impressive! They had to audition for it, and there were prizes for the top three performances…we weren’t there, but our team did have a skit at the end, while the judges were deciding who got the money! Time-fillers, that’s what we are!
We’re still dealing with illnesses~~sore throats, sinus issues, and now I have bronchitis. The other team working in this area is plagued by similar things, and it’s beginning to make me crabby. We had an evening out to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and two of us didn’t make it due to health stuff….except for the trip to the Mystery Mansion, there’s no outing I can think of where we all were well enough to go. Please, God, hear our prayers…
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