Las Vegas, Nevada
The Red Rock Canyon Tour was amazing. The views are nothing short of spectacular. Our tour guide for the day was Bob McCarter. He has a great love of the Red Rock Canyon and frequently goes out there for hikes and over nights. We had small group of six people. (There were two couples from Canada, one from the US). Unlike other tours we have been on this was more like three individual groups. We started out at the visitors center with a self guided walk explaining some of the wildlife, how the canyon was formed and the vegetation. There is also a tortoise display there. The gift shop was incredibly over priced. From there we began our ride on the thirteen mile loop. We stopped at several viewing areas along with way (there are a limited number of places that the tour guides are permitted to stop with groups). Each stop brought magnificent views of the canyon. The guide offered a lot of information about the canyon. We stopped at one area where we were able to see hand prints, petroglyphs at Willow Springs left behind by the early Indians that inhabited the region 100's of years ago. Our guide Bob, was very much into nature and protecting the park. He shared a lot of information on which plants were edible and how to prepare them. (Truthfully I could have cared less about that part) The tour ends with a visit to Spring Mountain State Park, we had a picnic lunch (Your choice was a ham or turkey sandwich on white bread, first come first serve. A bag of chips and a bag of Famous Amos Chocolate Chips. There were bottles of cold water on the bus . There is a ranch here that was once owned by eccentric millionaire Howard Hughes. Except that he never lived there. They do not know if he ever stepped foot there. The ranch was once owned by a German movie actress who could not get work in the US. She had very wealthy up bringing so most of the tour is about her, and about 60 seconds dedicated to Howard Hughes.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Our tour guide Jason was terrific. He was very knowledgeable about the Dam and Las Vegas. We started out with an oppotrunity to walk on the Mike O'Callaghan Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge for spectacular views of the Dam and Lake Meade. The Hoover Dam tour begins with a short video followed by a ride in the elevators down into the shaft. I was not able to go down do to a medical condition. I did the display tour upstairs, while my husband went down for the tour. After the tour we met on the bridge. Jason took us for a walk across the bridge stopping at various points and sharing information with us. The views were breath taking and the information was quite good. We then had some time on our own to explore or check out the gift shop. From there we went to Hemenway Park were we saw mountain sheep. It was very cool, and we had the added bonus of the Parks Department rangers being on site. They were taking blood samples and tagging a male. From there we went to lunch. Your have a choice of four dishes and a beverage. The burgers were quite good and they make their own potato chips. They were delicious. Finally we stopped at stop at Ethel M's Chocolate Factory. It was a waste of time. The factory tour was non existent (they were having a staff meeting, and there was no one on the floor). They do offer you a small sample and then it is in to the sales room. You could not buy a piece of chocolate the smallest they will sell you is a sixteen piece set, and the chocolates are $1.50 to $2.00 a piece for these little tiny pieces. There is also an M and M's store were you could pay an exorbitant price for M and M's. Our guide Jason was very comical he had great stories to share and clean jokes to tell. He was also extremely accommodating. Jason worked hard at making sure that everyone had a good time. The atmosphere on the bus and on the tours was very light and friendly. I attributed a lot of that to Jason.
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