Colorado River Edutainment

The Hoover dam is one impressive structure. I learned all about it one morning (after enjoying a lovely, cheap, off-strip breakfast) as I sat in on the free video offered at a nearby casino. Then the opportunity for a more immersive learning experience presented itself, thanks to my hosts being so well connected. Emily and I found ourselves afloat the Colorado River just down stream of the dam on an oversized pontoon boat driven by the all-knowing, ever witty river guide Rick. We learned about the history of the river and dam, the geology of the area (including hot hot springs), the local flora and fauna, and so much more. We saw lots of big horned sheep, a peregrine falcon (which excited Emily more than should be normal), lizards, vultures, and more.

Since I have been in the desert heat all day, my mind-brain isn't working so good. I can't think of a clever way to fit in this picture and this one Oh wait, I just did. Does that count? Anyway, it was a good good time. If you ever happen that way yourself, be sure to do the trip and ask for Rick as a guide. You won't be sorry (except maybe when he gets going on the cow jokes...)
Tuesday May 8 2007File under: travel, road trip

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on Tue 08th May, 2007 09:28 pm PDT Emily said:
A right good time it was. BTW Peregrine Falcons are amazing! To stoop down at 200 mph and snap the neck of your prey on the wing...it definitely IS something to be excited about! For those of you in Skagit Valley, the peregrines are around come fall...the folks at the Padilla Bay Reserve will help you find them!. :)
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on Tue 08th May, 2007 09:47 pm PDT Wren said:
Emily, you should tell the good people what tour company Mr. Rick works with so they know who to go for for the best river tour ever.
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on Tue 08th May, 2007 10:03 pm PDT Jule said:
I think the president in the rock looks George Washington...or John Edwards! is he not president yet?
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on Tue 08th May, 2007 10:39 pm PDT Mom said:
I think it looks like Lincoln laying so the blood rushes to his head. Oh, yes and with a hippie headband on. Who's right?
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on Tue 08th May, 2007 10:47 pm PDT Mom said:
BTW--is that a new shirt? Nice.
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on Tue 08th May, 2007 11:30 pm PDT Horge said:
President made of stone? Hmmm... Is he currently residing in a white house?Otherwise, I'd place good money (appropriate since this a Vegas entry) on either William Henry "Hank" Harrison, or good ol' Abe. Anyway to contact a bookie there to make the betting side of this post true?
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on Wed 09th May, 2007 06:03 am PDT Nesbitt said:
I say Lincoln.
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on Wed 09th May, 2007 07:20 am PDT Sean said:
Looks like legs spread wide with a bright blue dress down below to me.
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on Wed 09th May, 2007 07:34 am PDT Emily said:
We went with blackcanyonadventures.com -our trip was the Raft Tour. Wear Sunscreen.
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on Wed 09th May, 2007 10:51 am PDT Sara said:
My vote is for Lincoln too.
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on Wed 09th May, 2007 02:33 pm PDT Quynh said:
it's def. LINCOLN man!
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on Wed 09th May, 2007 03:56 pm PDT ACC said:
Reagan?
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on Wed 09th May, 2007 05:55 pm PDT Kate said:
Will you be stopping by San Francisco on your travels?
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on Wed 09th May, 2007 06:32 pm PDT Wren said:
Well, all you Abe-sayers got Rick's answer. No one, however, got mine (although extra credit for the creativity needed to find Reagan, Edwards, and WHH). It's Teddy Roosevelt. Don't you see it?
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