Day 8 – Hoover Dam

Many people heard of this place called Hoover Dam but not many people know the history of it.

History – Before the construction of the dam, the Colorado River Basin periodically overflowed its banks when snow from the Rocky Mountains melted and drained into the river. These floods endangered downstream farming communities. In addition to essential flood control, a dam would make possible the expansion of irrigated farming in the parched region. It would also provide a dependable supply of water for Los Angeles and other Southern California communities. – Snippets from Wikipedia

Hmmm… let me. It’s not easy to write about Hoover Dam cos the only thing they have is water + mountains = dam! After bil saw my digital print he even asked me, “why all rocks wan?” Cos…. it is all rocks!!!! But itelyu, the sceneary is really 100x really beau.ti.ful! Even with some slight different camera angle, it makes the photographs look so different. That’s really amazing.

For example this…

… (please ignore the arrow for the mean time)

Increasing the zoom 2x and taking two steps to my right, I got this…

Back to the first picture with the arrow indication, that is the old water marks found on the hills. Can you imagine, long long time ago, without the construction of Hoover Dam, how bad can the flood get.

Water from the overflow river was channel into this big drain (2nd pic) and went in the underground tunnel (1st pic). Please correct me if I’m wrong on this.

This is me, after releasing the zoom and took five steps to my left…

… and another 2 steps to my left…

Sui boh the scenary? That Aunty sui also because she just bought that stretchable shirt from GAP for only US$7!
Every nook and corner makes a good photographic item.

The water is not teh (tea) + susu (milk) = murky like the one we have in Malaysia.

Walking further down along the road to the generator room, we passed by…

Arrow indicating some special effect. Let me show you what I’ve Google. Watch…

Wonder in what situation will the Dam create such a beautiful pulsation. When I was there, all is all quiet and dry. Sui boh?

Hmm…. let see what else ah….

Some random pictures that have no storyline to tell….

On the curbside of the road, there’s a memorial (1st pic) to remember the many workers who die in the harsh conditions that prevailed during the 5 years construction of the Dam. Guys will always be guys – drinking filtered water from the Dam, “Wah, taste sweet hor”. Can anyone remember the name of the movie where Jackie Chan slide (last pic) down to the Dam?

I’ve warned you. It’s all rock + water = Dam.

We drove further up from the Dam and managed to get a nice bird view on part of the Dam.

pssst…. that’s just some lame excuses to show off myself. Where got birdview! What birdview?! *ngek

Driving from LV to Hoover Dam takes only about 45minutes. If you have a big group of friends, rent a car. That will save you lots. Local tour agent is charging few hundred US$ per person.

Watch this space for the next update as the Hijack King is meeting up Mister Bill Clinton.

… go back to read Day 7 – Overslept and Outlet shopping here

… proceed to read Day 9 with Bill Clinton’s appearance here

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  1. The Giddy Tiger said,

    April 6, 2007 @ 3:37 pm

    Hoover Dam looks very picturesque. I didn’t get a chance to visit when I was in Vegas the last time. Too busy checking out the Strip 😛

    Jackie Chan’s movie? Was it Rush Hour 2?

    The Queen says:  I have 8 days in LV and visited too many canyon until sien.  You can imagine how I feel about The Strip!  So sien until I spent my day time watching TV in the hotel room.  What is not sien – I went back to the same outlet three times for shopping.  Each time I was there, I always come back with something without fail.  I’m such a shopping geek! lol

  2. wuching said,

    April 6, 2007 @ 8:03 pm

    rocks & water only, beh ho kua..i’d rather look at the aunty! hehehe

    The Queen says:  😯

  3. Lil said,

    April 6, 2007 @ 8:19 pm

    you should see the lake that channels to the dam… so huge!!

    The Queen says:  Wait, later I try and google for the pic. hehe…

  4. jazzmint said,

    April 7, 2007 @ 12:43 am

    wah looks very nice leh..even just a dam hehehe

    The Queen says:  But…. but I was expecting something nicer than this leh. 

  5. sasuke said,

    April 7, 2007 @ 8:15 am

    hoover dam built at that the when the great slump happen in america…
    at that times, (1921) the american economy is dropped and the project is almost abandoned. But luckily the few company manage to fund the project to go on.
    Because of the great slump, many ppl lost it’s job,
    as result the company manage to get a lot of tons of cheap labour….
    According to national geographic, some of those ppl fall down into “sek fui” and become part of the dam…
    During that times, there are no safety equipment, many ppl lost they life when trying to built dam. A lot of ppl fall down to great crayon. A memorial built at dam to memorize them….

    The Queen says:  Wah, so ‘kong pu’ wan ah.   Very interesting also hor, next time must go and catch ‘kwai’ low.

  6. Dakota said,

    April 7, 2007 @ 11:34 am

    Ha! I have been to hoover so many times, I used to live not far from there. I hate that place, it’s so dry and so .. ugly! And lot sof weird mountain goat everywhere.
    Hoover is like a dried out concrete swimming pool. I like grand canyon though! Have you eat Dog yet? Hehe… My mom tribe eat dog, GROSS!
    I ate dog once on navajho reservation, puppy actually.

    D. ox

    The Queen says:  What do you expect from a dessert?  Dog = Double GROSS! 

  7. sila said,

    April 8, 2007 @ 4:27 am

    waaah the dam is cool. nice pics. aunty oso very sui 😀

    regret i didn’t make it to the hoover dam when i was out west last year…

    The Queen says:  You are so near.  Anytime also can go.

  8. cynthia said,

    April 8, 2007 @ 12:47 pm

    unbelievable ‘sui’ (cantik)

    nah! dun say we always complain the grass on the other side is greener… 🙂

    The Queen says:  Not only you complaint, I does that all the time! 

  9. athena said,

    April 9, 2007 @ 10:37 am

    auntie…looking good!! 🙂

  10. Bujang Skrang Ulu said,

    April 9, 2007 @ 11:52 am

    wow .. that’s just out of this world

  11. the Razzler said,

    April 9, 2007 @ 1:13 pm

    Wow! Queen .. the Dam damn beautiful!! but the Auntie more beautiful .. & blend in with the environment lehhh .. hehe 🙂 🙂

  12. velverse said,

    April 9, 2007 @ 6:11 pm

    wow.. the dam looks so stunning. I wanna go I wanna go~

  13. Allan said,

    April 10, 2007 @ 3:11 pm

    Walau aunty jessie you act cute -.-” haha jk !!!

    A question here,with so many angle view photos actually how many step did you walk from 1 angle to another?

  14. Adrian said,

    April 10, 2007 @ 4:01 pm

    Actually, I have been to Hoover Dam so I wasn’t looking at the scenery but at the people inside the pictures!

    There are things to do in LA and LV. Just need to know where to find those places and things to do.

    The Queen says:  :shock:  Did you see anyone you are not supposed to see. 

  15. Simple American said,

    April 11, 2007 @ 12:35 am

    Rock + Water = Dam


    Reminds me of my trip. Wish I could have joined you. Country is so big. Too big sometimes.

  16. Hijack Queen » Day 9 - While The King meets Bill Clinton…. said,

    May 15, 2007 @ 3:35 pm

    […] … go back to read Day 8 in Hoover Dam here […]

  17. Hijack Queen » Have you watch Transformers? said,

    July 16, 2007 @ 5:16 pm

    […] Throughout the movie, images of Hoover Dam keep on flashing back. Hubby and me keep on nudging each other, […]

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