|Hoover Dam Lodge
From the displays inside Hoover Dam Lodge
clearly sells itself as a jumping off point for
lots of local adventures like water sports in Lake Mead, helicopter rides,
mountain biking, and rock climbing.
Our own adventure can now really begin.
We had breakfast at the Lodge,
loaded our bags back into the car,
and drive to Hoover Dam.
I collected the car and the kids and packed all our luggage back into the car.
Range/Distance: Too short to measure
|8:37 am||Departed Hoover Dam Lodge||242|
|8:56 am||Arrived Hoover Dam||237|
Conditions: Short, 106°F
We parked in the Visitor's Center at Hoover Dam
and bought tickets for the next available
We didn't have time for the 1-hour Dam Tour because the first available tour started after 11:30 am,
which would shift our lunch in Kingman and arrival at the hotel far too late.
Being my childrens' first time to Hoover Dam, they wouldn't really know the difference between the tours.
On the tour we viewed a video about the construction of this Dam then
took the elevator down 530 feet to first see one of the penstock pipes
currently carrying 90,000 gallons of water per second. Then we walked to see a series of powerplant
generators converting the energy in the water as it drains from Lake Mead further downstream
the Colorado River.
This is renewable energy providing thousands of megawatts of electrical power to multiple states.
After taking the elevator back up, my children had fun exploring the exhibits in the
Visitors Center. Outside we took in the immensity of the facilities
and took pictures of ourselves with the dam as we walked from the various viewpoints and
outside the Center.
After we left the Center, I drove us to the Arizona side of the Dam to take pictures,
including the top picture on this page.
Range/Distance ratio: 1.8
|11:40 am||Departed Hoover Dam||227|
|12:53 pm||Arrived Kingman Supercharger||90|
Conditions: Fast, 106°F
We felt like we knew Kingman, Arizona, by heart after visiting here so many times in the last two years.
It was neat to see two Model 3s this far out on the trip, and it was the first time
I've seen the Kingman Supercharger full.
After we plugged in,
we had a great lunch at the
Cost to Charge: $0
Kingman still has the
Locomotive Park just down the street,
where a full-sized locomotive, tender, and caboose
are on display for the public to explore.
So we went to recreate the same picture again,
although this time we were in a rush because of the 111°F heat!
Visiting Kingman's Locomotive Park
two years ago in summer,
six months ago in winter, and on this trip in summer.
After we were settled I was trying to determine how hungry my kids were,
since it was now an acceptable time to have dinner and
I knew from our last visit here two years ago
this area has plenty of places to eat.
Range/Distance ratio: 1.25
|2:10 pm||Departed Kingman Supercharger||232|
|2:24 pm||Departed Railroad Park||230|
|4:34 pm||Arrived Flagstaff Supercharger||42|
Conditions: Modest uphill, 111°F
We took a much-needed bathroom break at the Marriott.
This Supercharger was nearly empty except for one ICEd stall.
It had quite a few more stalls than it did
two years ago.
No, was their answer, the children wanted to check into the hotel next, so we left.
Cost to Charge: $0
|La Posada Hotel
Range/Distance ratio: 0.966
|5:02 pm||Departed Flagstaff||127|
|5:55 pm||Arrived La Posada Hotel||67|
Conditions: Modest downhill, 100°F
La Posada Hotel is a very unique site
whose deep character can only be understood by actually visiting it.
When I originally booked it, I didn't expect it to be so profound.
Beautifully manicured grounds surround architecture designed by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter,
which house not only the hotel rooms but halls full of provocative art worthy of
any museum of modern art.
We could've spent days here.
Cost to Charge: $0
After we checked in, we had an exquisite dinner at the Turquoise Room,
enjoyed the live music near the lobby,
showered, then slept for the night.
Meanwhile the car was outside charging.
Not just the hotel, but even our room was filled with books and places
clearly meant to invite guests to take a quiet day
to discover something intellectual, abstract, and peaceful.
This hotel is place to stop and contemplate life and the universe and weigh the values we hold.
Built about a century ago, it attracted
celebrities like John Wayne and Betty Grable,
Presidents like Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman,
and scientists like Albert Einstein.
Each room is associated with one of these famous figures.
The kids and I enjoyed our visit to this special place.
Dean E. Dauger holds a Ph. D. in physics from UCLA, where his group
created the first Mac cluster in 1998. Dr. Dauger is the award-winning
author in multiple American Institute of Physics' Software Contests and
co-authored the original, award-winning Kai's Power Tools
image-processing package for Adobe Photoshop.
After founding his company,
Dauger Research, Inc., its debut product,
Pooch, derived from Dr. Dauger's experience using clusters for his
physics research, was soon awarded as "most innovative" by IEEE Cluster
and continues to revolutionize parallel computing and clusters worldwide
with its patented technology.