During a very brief visit to the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, and Las Vegas, the GUARDIAN came up with a few random thoughts worthy of tossing out for comment, since it is pretty dead this Spring Break week anyway. We are either on the cutting edge or way below the peak of the learning curve. You decide.
Las Vegas is a poster child for GROWTHOPHOBES. Houses spread all over the valley, Lake Mead is down 100 feet, and foreclosures abound. Many of the houses were never occupied and were built on spec.
New bridge under construction over the Colorado River below Hoover dam. Big beautiful cement arch to take traffic off the face of the dam. It took more than an hour in traffic to cross the dam due to high traffic.
Random checks on each side of the dam. Coppers of some sort wave over random cars, pop the trunk, search the vehicle with no probable cause. “Security check” obviously trumps U.S. Constitution.
Lots of cars, campers, and motorhomes from British Columbia, obviously headed north after snowbirding in Arizona.
Slot machines no longer take coins of any sort. Everything is card or paper bill operated. No more noisy clank of quarters when you hit a 10 coin return. The one armed bandits are now just wall street-type electronic devices that silently drain your account.
Airplanes and airport were chock full of passengers, but everything, including security checks went smoothly as we sheep passed through the system hoping the deodorant stick would not be counted as a “liquid or gel” outside the one quart plastic bag. EVERYONE has an electronic gadget, cell phone or computer going all the time–little chance to meet interesting fellow travelers.
Grand Canyon hasn’t changed much since the last visit, but even with snow storm, high winds, and cold temps, it wasst still an awesome site. Also so crowded that cars were parking along the road due to full parking lots. Granted, it is spring break, but we saw people from all over the globe coming to USA to see the canyon.
Seligman, AZ makes a living off sitting astride what was once Route 66. Delightfully tacky would be a fair description. At the convenience store was asked the clerk how to pronounce the name of the place. She replied, “C H E V R O N.”
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