Thursday, January 14, 2010

2 more states added

last weekend julie and i drove 4 hours northwest of phoenix to lake havasu city, az.  what a great time it was.   we went up to visit kristyn, julie's friend since the beginning of time.  of course  we made a stop at the london bridge.  what?  you say.   the london bridge in some podunk town in arizona?  yes.  apparently the town founder decided to purchase a bridge in london that spanned the thames river and move it to his city.  so, he did.  it was shipped from london to lake havasu city and rebuilt exactly the way it was in london.   here's a view of it as we were walking by it, along with a pic of us in front of the fountain near the entrance to the bridge.

after the bridge, kristyn, julie and i headed to in and out burger for lunch.  we needed to decide what to do with the rest of our day.  since the london bridge is about all that lake havasu city has to offer.  then, kristyn had a stroke of genius.  let's drive to laughlin, nv!  why was that genius?  because 1) it turned out to be a spur-of-the-moment road trip and 2) it would involve us driving through california and nevada.  two states i had never been in.  so we went.  90 minutes later, we're walking in an outlet mall across the street from a bunch of casinos and the colorado river.  here's a pic i took as we were crossing into california.  thanks to my "quick and accurate picture taking" you can almost read the sign saying "welcome to california"  :)

we didn't spend a whole lot of time in laughlin.  we walked the riverwalk along the colorado river, which had an amazing view.   we made some purchases in the outlet mall, including my purchase of a live otis redding CD from when he toured europe with a bunch of the other folks on stax records in 1967.   we drove back to lake havasu city and had at tasty dinner at the javelina cantina restaurant.  mmm...mexican.    a good time was had by all, and we thank kristyn for being a great tour guide in the fair town of lake havasu city.