"It's beginning to look a lot like..."

Trip Start May 01, 2013
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Trip End May 01, 2014


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Campbell Cove RV Park
What I did
Oatman, AZ

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Day 216 - Well, somehow the calendar is reading DECEMBER?  When did that happen?  We are in Lake Havasu City just a short distance from the Colorado River.  The weather has been perfect lately, mid 70's, no humidity, and more importantly no rain!

Claudia and I took a 4 mile walk along a trail in the Lake Havasu State Park.  It winds its way along the water and up and down a few hills on a well groomed sandy (and a bit bumpy with small rocks) trail.  Along the way we see two rabbits, but we run into a off-duty ranger who shows us a magnificent photo of a bobcat that she was seen earlier on the trail.  Darn!  It was beautiful!  Along the way we see a "desert garden" with native plants (don't worry, your plant education is coming)!!

In the evening we meet together at a wonderful Chinese Buffet (when was that diet starting again)???

In the evening we make our way down to the London Bridge and are amazed to find the beautiful light display and music playing still at 8:00 p.m.  Nick and I used to come here quite often for waterskiing back in the late 60's early 70's.  As you can imaging, there was nothing much here at that time.  Now it is home to 50,000 people AND the famous London Bridge.

The bridge, when it was still in London, had begun to sink at the rate of an inch every eight years and by 1931 (built in 1831) the east side was three to four inches lower than the west side and they decided it was time to sell the bridge, if that was even possible!  In 1968 it was bought by the Lake Havasu City founder Robert P. McCulloch or $2,460,000.  Each block was carefully numbered and shipped through the Panama Canal to California and trucked from Long Beach to Arizona where it was reconstructed in Lake Havasu City.  It was rededicated in 1971.  After all was said and done the bridge cost McCulloch $5.1 million.  A gruesome fact of the old London bridge is that during the years of 1305 - 1660 traitors were beheaded and their heads were displayed along the bridge.  At one time as many as 30 heads were displayed at one time!  Ugh.

Day 217 - Today Claudia and Nick and I took another hike along the trail in the morning and then Claudia and I went back over to the London Bridge during the daylight and walked along the paths over there and looked into the few shops that were open.  That night we had an amazing dinner that Harry and Yvonne cooked and Claudia and Dick, Nick and I and the "neighbor" in the park also joined us.  Lots of wine was distributed...need I say more?

Day 218 - Claudia and I decided we needed a day to ourselves and we had heard about the town of Oatman, AZ - an old town on Route 66 that is known for it's "gunfights" and wild burros.  So we took off on the 80 mile trek to see what we could see.  The ride on the old Route 66 was pretty desolate.   The mountains were beautiful and the desert is quite pretty even at this time of year.  The variations of the green colors on the desert floor are really beautiful. 

"Oatman was developed in 1906 as a tent camp, flourished as a gold mining center, then was stricken a near fatal blow in 1942 when Congress declared that gold mining was no longer essential to the war effort."

This tiny town received 500,000 visitors each year, drawn by its history as a gold mining center which produced over 36 million dollars in gold at 1930 prices.  (You would never know it by looking at it today).  Filmmakers chose the area for making feature films.  Some of the ones filmed here were "How the West was Won", Edge of Eternity", "Universal Soldier", "Foxfire" as well as commercials, calendars and historical documentaries.  The town has been kept as authentic as possible and now houses lots of shops.  The Hotel is one of the oldest Adobe structures and it is where Clark Gable and Carole Lombard honeymooned!!  We did also get to see the wild Burros walking up the road (about 15 or so).  And, the "gunfight" in the street!!
 
It was fun day, something out of the ordinary - not sure it would ever need to be done again, but worth the trip on a nice sunny and warm day. 

Happy Holidays everyone!   
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