Jeff, Ashley and Tristan left Wednesday to head back to cold Tennessee. Dan and I rented a car a took a ride out to Hoover Dam. In 2010 they opened the Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. It was constructed to bypass the winding road across the dam. You can still drive across the dam but the road is closed off at a certain point. Wikipedia says, “The bridge was the first concrete-steel composite arch bridge built in the United States, and incorporates the widest concrete arch in the Western Hemisphere. At 890 feet (270 m) above the Colorado River, it is the second highest bridge in the United States after the Royal Gorge Bridge, and is the world’s highest concrete arch bridge.
There is a short hike up to the bridge from the parking lot where there is a pedestrian walkway. I must admit looking down I was a little shaky.
We walked back down and drove across the dam. It is quite spectacular. Neither of us wanted to take the dam tour however. Signs posted warn against it if you are pregnant or claustrophobic, or just get freaked out in a dam! Below is view from the dam as we drove across.
We came back to Vegas and took a long nap. We had reservations at Hugo’s for dinner. It is a fine dining experience with old school Vegas class! Thank you Tommy McEwen for the recommendation. They greet you with a long stem red rose, then seat you in a quiet charming atmosphere, where they bring a vase to keep your rose while you eat. The waiters are dressed in tuxedos. It’s in the basement of the Four Queens Casino in old downtown, and I felt like we jumped back in time to the Vegas old days I remember. Dan had a melt in your mouth New York Strip and I had Fire Roasted Chicken. The salads are made at your table with your choice of toppings from artichoke hearts to anchovies. I mentioned Dan had turned 67 on Sunday so they brought him a molten lava cake and Oh my chocolate heaven! They finish off with a plate of dipped strawberries, figs, apricots and fresh whipped cream. Decadent is the word. Oh yes and a hot towel to wipe your hands when finished. This is Las Vegas baby. I almost forgot to mention the little cone of lemon sorbet to cleanse your palate.