I am bummed to say I was not included in this weekend’s getaway. The temperatures rose too high, so I stayed home with my brother. I’m glad Mom got to go and celebrate since she’s always looking after us.
Mom and Dad headed to Bullhead City, Arizona, by going through Wickenburg and connecting to the 93 N to the 40 W toward Kingman and then over to Bullhead City. They stopped in Wickiup for lunch at Luchia’s, one of their favorites. Besides great food and excellent service, Luchia’s offers an oasis in the desert with tons of flowering plants and several resident peacocks.
NOTE: Gas prices were outrageous in Wickieup and Kingman. If you can, wait and fuel up in Bullhead City where gas is HALF the price as it is here in Phoenix. Yes, you read that right! With a stop for lunch, the trip took about four hours from North Phoenix.
Mom and Dad made reservations at the Holiday Inn Express on Silver Creek Road, but check in wasn’t until 4 pm. Off to Laughlin, Nevada they went! Laughlin is just across the Colorado River, and they drove on Thomas Edison Drive toward Harrah’s casino to find the Laughlin Labyrinths.
Drive slowly, or you will miss the tiny pull out off the side of the road. We encourage you just to program in the Labyrinths and let Google tell you where to go. There aren’t any signs or human restrooms. It is literally just a piece of desert off the side of the road where local artists have created mazes out of rocks.
Mom and Dad walked through one and took pictures of the others. They were surprised at how many rocks were used. That had to be a project, especially in the heat. Whew. I would not have been happy walking on hot rocks.
While they were on the Laughlin side, they decided to do the Riverwalk. We suggest you plug in the Edgewater Casino and park in their garage, which is free. Walk in the front of the casino and go to the very back where you will see an escalator. Go downstairs and out the back door to access the paved walkway along the Colorado River.
The Riverwalk is free and connects most of the major casinos, giving you great views of the river. Mom was disappointed, though, as she thought some stores and eateries would be along the way. A big miss! You can take river cruises and rent jet skies from here. Mom and Dad just walked it and scoped out restaurants for dinner. Restaurants are located inside the casinos, not along the Riverwalk.
Since Mom was craving seafood, they selected Bubba Gump’s inside the Golden Nugget casino. They have valet parking and only ask for tips. Head into the casino until you come to a “T” in the carpet and turn right. On your left, you will see an escalator. Head down a level, and Bubba’s will be on your right.
Every casino reeked of cigarette smoke, reminding Mom why she doesn’t enjoy them, not to mention she doesn’t gamble. Thankfully, Bubba’s had an outside patio. If you are sensitive to cigarette smoke, be aware most of the restaurants are smoky because they are inside the casino where smoking is permitted. Ack.
Mom and Dad had a lovely view of the river and enjoyed a tasty meal with great service. As the sun went down, the temperatures were more pleasant. People were still on the water: jet skiing, boating, fishing, and swimming. The Colorado River is quite high from all the rain and snowmelt.
Back to the Holiday Inn Express sitting upon a hill. It is only a year old, so it is very clean. Everyone was friendly, and Mom loved the bed. She said it was one of the most comfortable she had slept on. They provide a free breakfast and offer hot and cold options. They have a workout room and indoor pool. Although I wasn’t with them, the Holiday Inn Express is pet friendly.
As for me, I snoozed a lot with Mowgli. He’s a good brother and keeps me company. Our sweet neighbor, Dee, came over twice the first day to feed us treats and give me my supplements. She’s a super-duper human, and we love her! We enjoyed the yard for quite a while together. The older I get, I appreciate simple pleasures.
Next week I’ll share more about Mom and Dad’s great adventures to the northwestern part of Arizona. Have a great week! We did get to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day in person.
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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