My last blog entry documented the first two days of our journey to explore the Southwest. On Sunday April 7th we finally arrived to our stopping point of Lake Havasu, Arizona and by that time we had already seen four amazing sites along the way. That following Monday after getting a little rest we decided to continue our exploration and take a day trip to the Nevada State Line. Below highlights the next three days of our trek, which panned out to be an awesome continuation to the site seeing madness we were dedicated to accomplishing on this trip.
- Monday morning (April 8th) we drove two hours to the Nevada State Line to tour the amazing man made wonder that is Hoover Dam, which was completed in 5 years between 1931-1936. It offered as a source of employment during the Great Depression and was a grueling job for anyone to undertake, in fact 112 workers died in the construction of the dam. On a brighter note, here are a couple amazing fun facts about the dam. It took 3,250,000 cubic yards of concrete to construct the dam, it also channels off of the Colorado River and makes Lake Mead. Lake Mead is a 112 miles long when it is filled to it’s capacity and can be 500 feet deep in some points!
- Tuesday (April 9th) we decided to take it easy and see some of the sites in Lake Havasu City. Lake Havasu is generally known as a retirement community unless it’s Spring Break, where college kids inhabit the area to enjoy the endless water sport opportunities the lake has to offer…not to mention it is legal for women to rome the streets topless as long as they are wearing pasties. This I did not experience but I did get to see the original London Bridge which had to be dismantled in 1967 because it was not sturdy enough to hold the increased weight that automotive traffic was putting on the bridge, which was originally built in 1831. Robert McCulloch, founder of Lake Havasu City, decided to purchase the bridge and rebuild a reinforced replica of it using the original masonry. This was completed in 1971 and offered as a tourist attraction for this growing retirement community.
- Wednesday (April 10th) we took the 4 hour trek through Arizona to the Grand Canyon National Park, which to my surprise was so big and offered so many activities that you could easily stay occupied for at least a week. The park spans alongside the South Rim of the canyon with many paved trails and roadways making it easy for anyone to experience one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the Earth. The infamous “Skywalk” that everyone talks about seeing is unfortunately located another 200 miles away on the other side of the canyon along the North Rim. Just to give you some perspective the National Park cost $25 a car load to get in, and the Skywalk ends up being about $75 per person. We found the National Park to be more than satisfying and I highly suggest checking that out over venturing on to the other side of the canyon to walk out onto a glass ledge.
This post wraps up days 1-5 of our Southwest vacation, which is amazing because there is yet more to come. On day 7, April 12th, we left to travel back to St. Louis but had to make a trip up to Scottsdale, AZ to visit a Frank Lloyd Wright home. Stay tuned tomorrow for the final installment of this documentation of what I have deemed to be one monster of a road trip!