One thing I have learned in my 13 years on this earth is that you can make your plans, but Mother Nature may have something to say about them. Meaning, she doesn’t always cooperate. I was supposed to join my family on a trip to Lake Havasu as the temps are normally in the 80s this time of year. However, just when we were planning to go, a heat wave took over the state. Mom and dad opted to keep me at home.
Mom assured me that they would scope it out to determine if I would enjoy it. Therefore, this blog is their account of the trip. I was at home being a good big brother to Mowgli. I can neither confirm nor deny that I let him up on the table.
Dad took the route through Wickenburg, which is Carefree Highway west toward Morristown and connecting to 60 west. It’s about an hour to Wickenburg, and mom and dad decided to have lunch. From there, they headed north on the 72 through Bouse and then north on 95 through Parker into Lake Havasu City.
This route avoids freeways and is more scenic. Dad wanted to check out the Parker Dam, but it wasn’t anything spectacular. The town of Parker is built right on the water, and you will drive along the Colorado River for quite a while. Have your camera handy!
The town of Lake Havasu was bigger than they thought with a population of 54,000. It is in the middle of no where with no real easy way to get there. Apparently, Robert P. McCulloch had a vision for the town in 1968, and purchased the London Bridge from England. He had it brought over, brick by brick, and the town now had an attraction that over 1 million people visit each year.
Mom and dad stayed at the Hampton Inn and found the accommodations very nice. They had a balcony with lake view, and the hotel is pet friendly. Included in your nightly rate is a hot breakfast that varied from morning to morning and offered options.
Dad’s back is still bothering him, so they didn’t go hiking. The temperatures were definitely too hot for me (high 90s), so they made the right call. I wouldn’t have been a happy camper. They parked for free at the Rotary Park and walked the path to the English Village, about a half mile on a paved, flat surface.
Note: If you do have Fido with you, better to park at the English Village Shopping Center lot because the section from Rotary Park to the village is not pet friendly.
Mom was a bit disappointed with the English Village as they didn’t have much of anything that was English. She’s been to London, and didn’t see any tea, scones or biscuits for sale! Missed opportunity, she says. They had lunch at The Chair with a great view of the bridge and lake. They didn’t know it, but Lake Havasu was hosting a boat show that weekend. As they ate some fish tacos, they watched all sorts of boats go by. BTW, most of the restaurants at the village were dog friendly with shaded seating outside.
The boat show was held April 8, 9 and 10. The cost was $8 per person to get in, and it was right by the Hampton Inn should you ever want to attend in the future. Since we just sold our boat, they didn’t feel the need to go. Instead, they walked back to the car, cleaned up and headed to a movie at Movie Havasu. Mom got her first-ever senior discount, and she had mixed feelings about it.
That night, they ate Japanese Teppanyaki at the Sho Gun Restaurant. It was busy, so they didn’t get to sit a chop-chop table, but they were close enough to watch. The food was excellent!
They wrapped up the day by watching the sun set from their balcony. A good day but pretty hot for pups. Those mom and dad saw were miserable, so I was better off at home staying cool. I’ll share about their second day next time and give you my overall impression and review. Hey – this month has gone fast, and it is Easter weekend already. Keep an eye out for that bunny and let me know if you see him.
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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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!