Las Vegas, NV
We left our spot in Wickenburg, AZ just after 9:30 this morning and headed north on US-93. The highway is fairly flat and goes through desert typical in this part of the world. After about an hour we decided we would stop at Nothing for a quick break to stretch our legs.
After stopping at Nothing to get a break, we continued northward through more desert. About twenty miles south of the Nevada state line the terrain became quite interesting as mountains appeared in front of us.
At times we were able to see the Colorado River winding through the mountains.
Then it was over the Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. Opened in 2010, this bridge was the key component of the Hoover Dam Bypass project, which rerouted US 93 from its previous routing along the top of Hoover Dam, and removed several hairpin turns and blind curves from the route. It is jointly named for Mike O’Callaghan, Governor of Nevada from 1971–1979, and Pat Tillman, a football player who left his football career with the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the United States Army and was later killed in Afghanistan.
A few miles after crossing the bridge we were treated to a great view of Lake Mead, the reservoir created by the Hoover Dam.
After about ten miles, we went up over a hill and the city of Las Vegas appeared in the distance.
We pulled into Arizona Charlie’s Casino and RV Park and quickly settled into our new home for the next week.
Tomorrow morning we’ll go over to the airport to pick up our daughter, Jessica, who is flying in for a few days over the Presidents Day weekend. We plan to check out the sights of the city and do some hiking in nearby Valley of Fire State Park.
More on those adventures later . . .