Bill and Shirley met us at the entrance to the RV park around 9:00 and we left for our trip to Laughlin, Nevada for Christmas.
On the way, Patti counted 18 hawks sitting on the power poles along the highway.
It is interesting that we only see lots of hawks on the drive from Quartzsite to the intersection of 95 and 72 between”Q” and “P”.
We stopped at the post office so Patti could mail a couple of letters. From there we went to the bank so Patti and Bill could get some gambling money.
From the bank we drove north through Parker and crossed the Colorado River on the new bridge.
The river is real low right now.
Across the river we turned west and drove to Vidal Jct. where we connected with California 95 and turned north just past the agricultural inspection station.
We followed 95 north through the desert passing some cool looking rocky mountains. I am hopping that we will have time to check out some of this desert on the way back to Quartzsite.
We stopped a couple times on the way; once for Bill to have a cigarette another time for a pee break. We stopped at an RV park in Fort Mojave so Bill and Shirley could make arrangements to move there next month. Next we stopped at Burger King for a bite to eat.
From there we headed for Laughlin and Harrah’s Hotel and Casino.
We got checked in went to our rooms and rested for a while.
Patti went down to the casino to try her luck.
I chilled in the room with a book to read. Eventually Patti came back to the room.
The room has a view of pool area and the river.
A little later we got a call from Suzanne and Roy saying that they were settled in and were having happy hour in their room. They had a suite on the 18th floor. We went up to their place and sat around visiting and snacking.
Eventually several other couples dropped by and we joked and snacked; they had cocktails.
Around 5:30 Patti and I left there and went to the buffet to have dinner.
The buffet was disappointing; not much variety and the food was cold. Fortunately we had a buy one get one free comp.
After dinner we did a little gambling, I lost twenty dollars and headed for the room. Patti stayed in the casino for a little longer but got bored loosing money so came back about an hour later.
Since today is Christmas Day, we are going to take a ride to Christmas Tree Pass.
The plan was to meet the rest of the group at a rest stop on 95 at 11:00 PST.
Some of the group mistakenly thought that we were meeting at 11:00 Mountain Time so they got there an hour early and decided to go on over the pass.
Around 8:30 Patti and I went to the Beach Café in Harrah’s for breakfast. I ordered the ham and eggs and was surprised when they brought out the ham on a large separate plate and it covered the plate. The slice of ham was so huge it would have been a meal by itself. I managed to eat about a third of it with my eggs and hash Brown's.
We decided that we would get it in a to go box and if we were going to have lunch on the trail we could make two large sandwiches with it.
After breakfast we went over to Bullhead City (just across the river from Laughlin) to top off the gas tank. From there we went back to Laughlin, got on Hwy. 163 and headed northwest
until we came to US 95 where we went north a couple miles to the rest stop where the others were waiting.
After every one had gone to the restroom we took off up 95 to the turnoff to the pass.
At first the only trees we could see were some Grease Wood’s and Yucca's.
We drove along this road climbing higher into the mountains.
Eventually we began to see junipers along the road that had been decorated.
After a bit, Bill (who was leading) turned off the main dirt road, up a narrow trail where we eventually found just the right Juniper bush to decorate.
It is the one in the upper right of the picture.
Suzanne and Shirley brought out the decoration’s they had brought for the occasion and they got busy working on the selected tree.
After about a half hour they had the tree pretty well covered with tinsel and ornaments.
When they were done I set up my camera on the tripod and took a selfy of the group in front of the tree.
I’m not sure why this activity isn’t considered littering but apparently it is a long standing tradition.
After admiring our handy work we left this place and continued our ride over the pass.
Along the road we saw many other decorated trees; here are a few of the best ones.
My favorite one is the marshmellowed Yucca.
Not only is it interesting it is 100 percent biodegradable.
Patti had to take his picture. Would you let your kid sit on his lap?
A little further along we came to this sign.
I think they missed a NO.
At the bottom they should have “No Recreating” and below that it should read “Enjoy your National Recreation Area”.
On we went enjoying the views,
and interesting formations.
Here are the lovers.
The sleeping dragon.
I have seen thousands of places in the mountains that could be described as a “saddle” but this one really looks like a saddle.
Bill and Shirley planned to stop at the Aquarius to try their luck so Patti had me drop her off there and they could bring her back to Harrah’s when they were done.
We are going back there this evening to have dinner at The Outback Steak House.
We had a good ride today and were back at the hotel by 2:30 PST.
Our dinner last night at the Outback was excellent.
We had a gift card from last Christmas that still had some money on it and we also has a $20.00 discount card for the Outback so we were ready for a fabulous dinner at a cheep price. When we got to the restaurant we got out both cards and found out that the discount card wasn’t good until January first. Okay, so much for the twenty dollar discount.
It really didn’t matter because we love the Outback and are willing to pay the price for a great meal.
Patti ordered the Victoria's Fillet Megon, Garlic Mashed Potato's and the Wedge Salad. I ordered the New Zeeland Lamb also with Garlic Mashed Potato’s and the Wedge Salad. The food was absolutely wonderful.
When it came time to pay the bill we found that we still had $24.00 on the gift card the total bill including two beers and a Diet Coke and the tip came to $84.00; our share was $60.00. Normally I would say that that was expensive for a dinner. But the quality of the food and service was well worth it.
This morning we met Bill and Shirley at the Beach Café for breakfast and after that we got checked out of the hotel and were on our way back to Quartzsite.
While we were driving to Laughlin I noticed two roads several miles apart that had a sign on that read…
I thought that this might be some kind of loop trail so we decided to check it out on the way home.
Shirley and Bill were also interested in checking out the trail so they followed us into the desert.
Here is how the trail looked at the beginning.
As it turned out the trail was a gas pipe line road.
We follower the road over hills and through washes for several miles. Along the way we saw some interesting rock formations.
We took a couple of side trails but didn’t find anything of particular interest.
Eventually we saw that the pipe line road just continued on toward the western horizon.
We took a turn off on a small trail heading south and followed it for a short distance until we came to a wide dirt road where we turned east. After a few miles on this road
we came back to highway 95.
Unfortunately we didn’t have any maps of this area or we may have been able to explore a bit more. We will have to look at a map and see what is there to check out at a later date.
Oh, a note:
Guy Fieri is opening a restaurant in The Harrah’s Casino and will be opening on the 29th of December.
The name of the place loosely translates to The Drunken Ass
Maybe we will try it the next time we are in Laughlin.
We arrived back at the RV around 2:30. Just in time for a short nap. I don’t sleep well in hotel rooms.
We had a lot of fun with the group and are looking forward to next time.