We left Las Vegas today without an idea of where we were headed besides "east." Our first stop was the In-N-Out Burger in Las Vegas, one of the top three busiest In-N-Out locations, for one last great burger. This Las Vegas location is also home to one of only two merchandise stores, where you can buy more In-N-Out merchandise than just the typical T-shirts sold at each location. We spent so much money there that we got three free clearance shirts (part of some promotion they were having). All the clearance shirts were the exact same shirt, and they were all size small. So, we ended up three of the exact same shirts: all size small Utah In-N-Out shirts.
As we headed out on the road again, we quickly came upon Hoover Dam, where we stopped to walk along an observation bridge alongside the highway that parallels the dam. I've been to the Hoover Dam once before in my life when I was much younger, and all I could remember was that it was extremely hot. Nothing has changed. It was a dry 100 degrees as we climbed the stairs to the observation bridge, where we were then greeted with strong winds at the top, causing so much resistance that it was hard for me to walk at a normal speed. We pushed through the heat and the wind, though, and we saw the dam.
Shortly after crossing by the dam, we entered Arizona, where we saw the first real raindrops in about two weeks. We drove right on through to New Mexico, where eventually stopped for the night in a town called Moriarty, about 40 miles east of Albuquerque.