Our First Time Over The Pond. No.1
The West Coast... No.1
Yeah... But It's A Dry Heat! No.1
Now That's What I call A Canyon! No.1
More Than A 'Valley'...
Hurray For Hollywood. No.1
Go West Young Man Part VI...
The Highways & Byways Of The USA.
17th August 1996.
Today we left Flagstaff and headed East on Interstate 40. We stopped to see The Grand Canyon Caverns, which was a 40 minute walk underground in the various caves.
The caves's name has been been changed to Grand Canyon Caverns, even though they are over 40 mile away from the canyon.
This was due to a red distress flare was used in the caves and it was noticed that the red smoke surfaced in the Grand Canyon!
In the main cave, a stuffed Giant Sloth stands on its hind legs pondering how to get out!
Then we carried onto Kingman and headed North up to Las Vegas via The Hoover Dam.
It was a magnificent sight to see and crossing the Dam, we left Arizona and headed into Nevada.
As soon as you enter Nevada, you immediatley see casinos everywhere... but nothing prepares you for the sight you see in the centre of Las Vegas.
You Gotta Know When To Hold 'Em...
18th August 1996.
On first sight you see a mild face of Las Vegas, but when you seem to enter it, you just see a front for gambling.
They even have slot machines on the streets and people queue to have one go on them.
The hotels have really gone overboard, in the evening we went to the hotel restaurant for a meal and you can even gamble while you eat!
It seems a very false-fronted place.
So today we decided to have a slow drive into the Nevada desert to a place called Glendale. Its about 45 mile away from Vegas and we returned on a back-road through the desert and past Lake Mead.
Our first stop on the way to Glendale was The Lost City Museum outside of Overton.
The museum shows artifactss from the Native Americans which were recovered before The Boulder Dam was operating.
Then we drove on through the desert and arrived at Overton Beach, which is a lovely marina on Lake Mead.
We then returned to the hotel, not reaching Glendale, and drove down part of the main strip in Las Vegas. To see the hotels along the strip is breathtaking.
We are leaving Las Vegas tomorrow for Fresno and I won't be sorry as Las Vegas is not the place to spend a holiday.