River Island State Park
Once out of Surprise we would be slowly heading back to Placerville, CA for a couple of weeks while we wait for the Oregon weather to warm up a bit more. We meandered up the Colorado River on our way to Lake Havasu City and decided to spend a week outside of Parker.
The original London Bridge that now spans the Colorado River in Lake Havasu City.
This was our first spot when we pulled in. It was nice, but we wanted to stay longer and a better spot opened up so we moved. Unfortunately, the wifi was horrible at the second spot. It worked for Steve, but not for me. Strange, we both have Verizon, but different phones. If you need to do work here, stay towards the office where the signal is much stronger.
That's us with the flag and the red kayak on the truck.
What a great spot!
There are little paths out front with signs telling you about the different cactus in the area.
The night before he had marinated some steak to make Carne Asada. It came out great!
Carne Asada, rice and beans.
There was a short trail that winded up and around the campground with great views of the river.
Watch out for the pokey stuff!
If you look at the far back in the middle you can barely make out the Parker Dam.
Here it is blown up.
Parker Dam is 155 miles downstream of Hoover Dam. It was built between 1934 and 1938 by the Bureau of Reclamation and is 320 feet high,
The palm trees were lit up with colorful lights along the entrance.
On one of our last days here, we drove up to Lake Havasu City for the day. We planned to visit the London Bridge, bike around the island and then check out some boondocking sites for our next stay.
We stopped at the Welcome Center to read about how the bridge got here and get bike trails info.
The bridge was built in the 1830s and spanned the Thames River in London, England. It was dismantled in 1967 and relocated to Arizona when it was purchased by Robert P. McCulloch (chainsaw family) from the City of London. McCulloch had the exterior blocks from the original bridge numbered and transported to America to construct the present bridge in Lake Havasu City. The city was a new planned community he established in 1964 on the shore of Lake Havasu. The bridge was completed in 1971 and links an island in the Colorado River with the main part of Lake Havasu City.
See the white cross above in the middle (above)? Look at the picture below zoomed in. You can see the individually numbered blocks. Just below the swallow nests are smaller numbers.
A map of the lighthouses around the lake.
On a much smaller scale with signs at each one full of info on that particular lighthouse.
I thought it was pretty cool when I zoomed in on Steve that I was in one lens and my bike was in the other.
It's not all fun times on the road though. There is still maintenance that has to be done occasionally. Back at camp Steve replaced both of our truck batteries. They are heavy and not the easiest to get in and out. Just after that chore was finished, I got a text from a Placerville friend, that now lives in Gold Canyon in AZ, that the Old West Trio was playing at the Thirsty Pirates Beach Bar. Were we still in the area? Well, yes. And the Pirates Cove is just down the street. So we headed over and found some more Placerville peeps there listening to the band. What a coincidence!
A great time! If you like old cowboy music check them out.