First, the labyrinth. It's mostly done, although after getting the path laid and the plants in, I have decided it would look awesome to have a nice hedge around it, so I'll be looking for a deal on some boxwoods in the near future. But for now, this one can be considered 90% complete.
Another thing Dale and I are doing this summer is trying to fit in some little mini-trips to places we've not yet visited. So we took a spur of the moment trip to Las Vegas and Hoover Dam, because I had one free night from my hotels.com acct. We upgraded, and stayed at the Bellagio. And we ended up going on the HOTTEST week of the year!
First, we went to Hoover Dam, and went on the tour. We wanted to go on the deluxe longer tour, but it was booked and we would have had to have waited another 3 hours, so we just went on the shorter one through the power plant. It was really interesting, and nice and cool inside.
I won't put all the pictures on here, but here's a cool shot:
A panorama of the Lake Mead side of the dam. The water is down about 50 feet, which is really apparent when you visit, but not sure if you can tell in this picture. Oh, and it was HOT! We walked part way across the dam, but decided to drive across in our nice, air conditioned car. We looked at all the outdoor exhibits briefly, then scurried back to the cool car.
One of the things that I really liked was the terrazzo floor inside the power plant - they had inlaid designs that paid homage to the Native American history of the place. This is a picture of a turbine, with a Native American influence:
and an electrical outlet design , that looks somewhat like a rug:
We also got out and walked across the bypass bridge (the Mike O'Callahan-Pat Tillman bridge), which was crazy because we had to climb up eleventy billion stairs in the hot sun and then walk out across the burning hot sidewalk, but we did get this cool shot:
So that was worth it.
We also saw this cool sculpture that pays homage to all the workers who completed this dam in only 5 years, 2 years ahead of schedule. They worked 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and only got two days off a year. But it was the Depression and they were glad to have a job. And you know it had to be ridiculously hot like it was while we were out there, except they had no air conditioning to escape to!
This sculpture is huge, BTW, I don't have anything in it for scale, but it's really giant.
We originally thought we'd also go to the Grand Canyon, but after realizing we were going during the biggest heat wave of the year, and there's really nothing at the Grand Canyon other than hiking, which would be completely idiotic in this heat, we decided we'd do that another time. It's about 9 hours away. (Las Vegas is 3.5 hours from our house, and the Hoover Dam is 30 minutes from Las Vegas). So that makes it a pretty easy trip.
Another big project we wanted to do this summer was sell (*sob*) my Karmann Ghia and buy a truck. We've rented trucks so many times from Home Depot to do all kinds of things, and really, as cute as the Karmann Ghia was (see! Look how cute:)
Then we had to go find a truck. We looked at a bunch of really crappy ones, but got a really great deal on this 2002 Tundra. It is in pristine condition, the guy we got it from really maintained it well, so hopefully it'll be a good deal. And the best part is that we got the truck for $1200 less than we got for the Ghia, so we can buy a few extra things for it, and also pay for some of the yard projects.
OK, finally, what we got done today on our front yard. In the past month, I've gotten the new walk path dug out, which was back breaking work but I've been doing it a bit at a time. I somehow managed not to get any pictures of the dug out part, but a couple of days ago we got a free load of DG for the compacted sub-base, and this is what that looks like:
We are pretty much exhausted, but we want to get this part done, it'll be a big boost for us to have part of this going! We also can start planting the section between the path and the driveway, we have tons of plants ready to go! We also have the drip system for that section, so that'll be the next part of our project. And I'll try to get more pictures and posts on a regular basis!