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Christmas trip to Lake Havasu

Jenn and I took off, and Bella too !! It was supposed to be negative 17 degrees over the Christmas week and even where Mike and Carrie were, it was only going to be 55 and rainy on the beach.... No thank you. So we decided to do some windshield time together and took an almost 2000 mile road trip. There was more road tripping this time than four wheeling, but we did manage to get on the trail a bit...

We kicked it off with Dinner...

Our first night was the night before our 20th Wedding Anniversary. When we left, it was dark in Denver and Jenn convinced me to just get on the road... The next morning (our anniversary) this is what we woke up to:

Yes, it was cold. The Webasto heater did it's job VERY well.

We traveled through the 4 corners monument on our way to Flagstaff AZ for a very interesting Anniversary dinner.

Next day, we drove to Lake Havasu via route 66 as much as possible. Most of the original route 66 is actually now interstate 40. Kinda sad to see this icon erode as much as it has... Anyone who knows me well, knows one of my favorite movies is the original "Cars". My grandson can't get enough of it too. That's another story... Probably the most disturbing thing I saw was this:

... in Williams AZ, it was a mash up of Mater and Lightning McQueen. I say disturbing, as they are both males. This would be an impossible thing....


Christmas was AWESOME !!!! We stayed at the Cambell Cove RV "resort" where they had a Christmas Party and we "camped"...

During the next few days, we spent a bunch of time on the beach and relaxing in our rig.... but first, a photo of Bella in her favorite spot....

Here are some photos of Havasu... Yes, it was warm... Not hot, not cold, just right...

During our stay in Havasu City, we ventured out to the Desert Bar (this was actually Christmas Day...

On our way home, we decided to go through Oatman AZ, which is a little mining town on the original route 66. They have donkeys that roam the streets, gun fights, bars where they will tell you stories of old where the miners would leave money on the wall so when they got off their stay at the mine and were "in town" for some r&r... they would have money until they got paid by the mine for drinks and such...

This hotel in Oatman boasted that Carole Lombard and Clark Gable got married there and stayed in this particular room. In fact, the woman who was upstairs showed us a picture on her phone from a few days prior where she saw a ghost in the photo she took into the room. You can see the eyes and hand...

On our way to Vegas, we stopped at the infamous Hoover Dam. The water is CRAZY low....

Vegas lights... We just drove through and stayed at the KOA there. I think Jenn played a few slots, gambling isn't really our thing...

The next day we drove through Monument Valley. It is really something to see. We also stopped at the infamous spot in the movie "Forest Gump" where he stops running. There was a bus load of tourists who were re-enacting the scene in the middle of the road.

After that, we headed to Moab for our last night away. This was one of the more nerve racking parts. Coming out of Mexican Hat towards Monticello, We drove in white out conditions. Jenn was nervous so she decided to get in the back and film me driving.



As customary, we stopped at the "Welcome to Colorful Colorado" sign....


Until the next adventure.... This was more road trip than overland adventure. But was Jenn's first long stay in the Patton. In total we were gone 11 days and 2000 miles+ later.... Home (for now)...


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