We were finally able to link up with our friends Douglas and Georgianne in Lake Havasu, Arizona, home of the reconstructed London Bridge. We met Douglas and Georgianne on the Carnival Splendor cruise around South America. They live only a few hours from Las Vegas, but we weren’t able to catch up over summer because Arizona is HOT at that time and they always take off for cooler climes in their amazing motor home. Good idea.
We travelled down to Lake Havasu on the Aloha shuttle, with an ‘interesting’ group of people.
Douglas is an ex-navy captain and was a ship’s pilot bringing in ships to the port of Los Angeles for a further 2o odd years. I met him at the poker table on the Splendor. Georgianne was the life of the party wherever she was on the cruise ship.
Lake Havasu is centred around a man-made lake. The re-built London Bridge is another attraction which must bring lots of tourists to the area.
One day we went out to the historic town of Oatman, which is an old gold mining town. Seven of us piled into Douglas’s Cadillac SUV. They have kept the town true to the gold-mining era, with a cute main street that is interesting to wander down. There are lots of souvenir shops and quaint little restaurants and hotels. One establishment has its walls literally covered in US $1 bills with peoples’ names on them. The other draw-card for the town is its mules! The mules are a carry-over from the town’s mining days but it’s fun to have them wandering around the streets.
Another highlight of our time in Lake Havasu was a boating trip on a friend’s boat. Willie took us out on his boat with wife Shirley, Douglas and Georgianne plus Wayne and Carol. Kim joined us later. We stopped at a cove for lunch, washed down with cold drinks. We even managed to see a mountain goat. On the way back we called into Copper Canyon and motored under the London Bridge. A fun day.
Meanwhile, back at Douglas and Georgianne’s, our down time was spent chatting, relaxing by their pool or getting whipped at 10 pin bowling on their Wii. We also had a chance to check out their latest motor-home in one of their storage sheds. It is amazing, with four TV’s, a log fire heater, bathroom and laundry facilities, four ‘pop-outs’ and the size of a modern bus. Luxury!
At the end of our stay they dropped us back in Vegas.