I remember being obsessed with Superman as a kid. I’d pretend I was the Man of Steel and run screaming through the house, chasing our two toy poodles that I imagined were Lex Luther’s henchman, while reenacting the 1978 film classic. Of all the scenes, my favorite to recreate was when Superman fixes the Hoover Dam. In my version, I’d jump off the couch, yell “HI-YA!” and with one swift karate kick to the air — the Dam would be good as new and civilization could return to normal.
So you could say Richard Donner, the director of Superman, was the inspiration behind yesterday’s day trip from Vegas to the Hoover Dam. If not for him, I probably would have had no interest whatsoever in venturing out past the bright lights of Sin City into the desert. Typically, large scale engineering feats involving incredible amounts of cement hold little to no interest for me — I’d rather just go to the mall. But on the last full day of our trip to Nevada, we decided to take a break from the Strip and we weren’t disappointed.