LAKE HAVASU CITY:((
The winds picked up last night & by the time we went to bed were howling so bad we had to pull both of our slides in. Not a good night atop the bluff overlooking Parker. We were awake early, or did we ever really get to sleep. But, then our day got betterer, but then it got worser, but then it got more betterer again. Yay Parker:)) Nay Lake Havasu City:((
Because it was the start of a long week-end & this being a touristy area, we figured we had better get an early start to the day & avoid the crush. Had the big wheels rolling by 8:23 & we were in Parker by 8:30 for groceries & gas for both vehicles. We also knew we needed an early start to find out where the best & quietest boon dockings spots were in the area. It started out to be a day of discovery but turned out to be a day of frustration:((
Because we figured on finding a boon docking area between Parker & Lake Havasu City we didn’t bother hooking up the Jeep. Headed north out of Parker up busy highway 95 with Kelly acting as tail gunner in the Jeep.
I was very impressed with the great scenery along the Colorado River. The landscape was rugged & the road winding. Had it not been for heavy traffic the drive could have been pleasantly relaxing & most enjoyable.
CAUGHT THIS GLIMPSE OF A UNIQUE LOOKING GOLF COURSE
Found our first boon docking area around mile marker 165 but it was packed with RV’s. Not good!!
NOT OUR KIND OF BOON DOCKING!!
Back onto the highway for a few more miles & saw another spot but it too was full. Getting worse!! It was about here that the topography of the land began to change & the great scenery we had enjoyed back north of Parker was gone. The land flattened out more & the scenic ruggedness was behind us.
By the time we reached a couple more boon docking areas & found them full we knew the writing was on the wall. But, it was too late. We were already all the way up to Lake Havasu City.
STOPPED AT A REST AREA TO GIVE THE DOGGIES A BREAK
Ok, the following opinions belong to both Kelly & I & as we are not your normal RVing folks there will be many who disagree with our thoughts. We did not like Lake Havasu City. Not even a little bit. We stayed on highway 95 & struggled our way through the countless traffic lights & congestion. Did not like the surrounding scenery & it took us the best part of half an hour in traffic, traffic, traffic to get through it & out the other end to the north.
A lot of RV’ers would love Lake Havasu City with all it’s shop till you drop big box stores, shopping malls, eateries, & probable craft like stores, etc. I’m guessing every touristy thing one could imagine. Caught a glimpse of the London Bridge as we went by but neither Kelly or I had any interest in seeing it or driving across it. All’s we wanted to do was just get the hell out of the place!!
THIS IS ALL I SAW OF THE LONDON BRIDGE
When we finally found a place to pull over north of the Airport, Kelly’s first words to me when she walked back to the Motor Home was, “what a nightmare that was.” I couldn’t agree with her more. But, within 20 minutes we were right back in the soup again……..heading south!!
MAKING OUR WAY THROUGH LAKE HAVASU CITYOur original plan was to boondock somewhere south of Lake Havasu City & do day trips for awhile next week. Plan was then to eventually move northwards towards I-40 & head northeast from there up though Monument Valley. That all changed within a few minutes alongside highway 95 today when we decided to change our plans, reverse our journey, & retrace our tracks all the way back to Parker. We wanted no part of Lake Havasu City today & it is unlikely we will return.
Gritted our teeth, bit the bullet & headed back down highway 95 through all the same traffic lights we had just endured on our way north just a half hour before. Kelly led the charge this time with me, Pheebs & the Motor following in the rig. Soooooo glad to put Lake Havasu City in my rear view mirror & get us guys back to Parker……10-4:))
Figured maybe we would park in the Casino parking lot at Parker’s north end for the night but of course that parking lot was full of people & RV’s as well. Not acceptable!! By this time we had had enough & decided to high tail it right back out of this so called civilization to the peace & quiet of the sane desert.
Tonight we are parked a few miles west of Bouse Arizona. Last night from my chair I could see the lights of Parker & tonight from my chair I am looking at twinkling lights in the tiny little community of Bouse. Awwwwww, how sweet it is to be back out in the desert again, far from the maddening crowds.
We were not without further frustration finding a suitable site though. We first stopped at an area near Bouse but remembered some of the nice cozy sites over on Plomosa Road where we boondocked with Wandering Willy & Ivan just a few weeks ago. Problem was, we could not find a suitable Verizon signal over in that neck of the woods so it was back to an area closer to Bouse where we knew we would find a stronger Verizon signal.
All & all it was a frustrating day but looking on the positive side we did get to see new things & travel through a region we had never been before. It’s unlikely we will return to the Lake Havasu area but we did get to know Parker a little better. For a town having a big Walmart, Safeway, McDonalds & all the fast food places Parker still has a small town feel to it & that appeals to us. Couple that with the quiet area around Bouse to the southeast with it’s thousands of boon docking acres & you have a pretty nice area to relax away your winter days.
Where will we go from here?? No idea but we have lots of time to kick back, enjoy the peace & solitude of the desert for awhile & work on some new travel plans.
Now, a couple things to fix up from last night’s post. Tamarisk Lake is in California, not Arizona, & cars can drive across the Parker Dam but not larger vehicles like our Motor Home. And, it’s Joshua TREE National Park not Joshua Park. I stand corrected. Boy oh Boy, it seems a daily occurrence for me now to get things screwed up. Thanks to readers for keeping me on the straight & narrow:))
The Last Paragraph: Today, after seeing the crowded conditions many of our fellow RV’ers prefer I am just so thankful Kelly & I are so totally alike in our likes & dislikes about our particular type of RV lifestyle:))
WASN’T THE MOST FUNNEST DAY FOR MOTOR & PHEEBS
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Bumper Stickers
- Honk If You Are An Idiot
- Horn Broken….Watch For Finger
- Fathers Against Radical Teenagers (F.A.R.T.)
- I Might Look Smart But I Tend To Drive Stupid
- Politicians Are People Too
- Honk If You Fall Asleep And Hit Your Head On The Steering Wheel
- I’m Armed And I’m Ornery
- Stop Global Whining
- Honk If You Want Your Car Stolen
- My Other Car Is A Toilet Seat
- Will Whine For Food
- Honk If You Are An Illegal Alien
- Just Because I Drive A Small Car Doesn’t Mean I Can’t Be A Jerk
-Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
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