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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Laughlin Riverboat Tour:

Recently, Cary and I, along with my brother and sister-in-law, took a charter trip to Laughlin, Nevada.  Leaving the cold and a bit of snow at home, we enjoyed weather in the high 90's and had a very nice little vacation.

On one of the days, we took the one hour boat tour of the waterfront on the Colorado River which divides Arizona and Nevada.  It was only $10 per person (too bad that we didn't notice our 2 for 1 coupons until the very last morning that we were there!) There is also a three hour tour which takes you all the way down to Lake Havasu (one hour there, one hour to look around and one hour back).  

Water taxi's do a brisk business bringing folks across the river and taking them to other casinos.  The cost of those are very reasonable, at $4.00 a ride or $15.00 for an all day pass. 

The picture above is of the parking lot across the river, where people from Bullhead City, Arizona can park there cars and taxi to The Riverside Casino (that is where we were staying).

This is the boat that we toured the river on.  It was very nice and clean, and the captain and the crew were just wonderful.  It was air conditioned in the cabin, and there was a little bar.  We sat up on the top deck.

Me and my Sis.

My traveling companions, my brother and Cary ...

... Cary and Maria.

The tour went up to the bridge that Don Laughlin had built with his own money.  It took over 4 years to get the permits, but only 4.5 months to complete.  Prior to the bridge being built, you had to cross the river 11 miles downstream, which wasn't very convenient to those staying and working at the casinos.

Upstream from the bridge is Parker Dam.  The river level was too high for our boat to sneak underneath when we were there, but sometimes that is an option.

On the Laughlin side of the bridge is a beautiful park and a trailhead for bicycles and horseback riding.

The Colorado River is clear and clean, and provides drinking water all the way to Southern California.  At Laughlin, it isn't very deep; ranging between 11 and 13 feet.

Jet skiers, speed boats and canoers share the water with the tour boats and water taxis.

You can swim in the river, if you take a water taxi down to the beach at Harrahs Resort.  There are some other places across the river on the Arizona side that looked inviting for swimming, but I'm not sure if they were public beaches or not.

Casino Row and The Riverwalk: 

We stayed at The Riverside.  The Riverside was the first casino in Laughlin.  Don Lauglin bought an old eight-room motel in the late 60's out in the middle of nowhere.  He and his family lived in half of it, and he put in a few slot machines and rented out the other four rooms.  With an all-you-can-eat chicken dinner and the slots, one thing led to another and then eventually to what you see above.

Other companies soon caught the vision and built their own casinos and resorts.  Here are some of them, the ones that I could see on our little river trip:

This one is for sale!  Apparently, it is kind of dumpy inside.

Because Cary had back surgery right before we left, and it isn't super easy for my Dad to get around, we didn't explore any other casinos this time around.  I did walk next door to buy a book at The Aquarius, which is rather new and reminded me of a Las Vegas joint.

Harrah's is at the end of casino row.  We stayed there last time that we went, 7 or 8 years ago.  It is a very nice place.

This last picture is looking upriver on our way back.  I took lots of pictures of the Bullhead City side too, but this post is getting very long, so I'll save those for another time.

I'll write more about the trip soon, and I hope that you enjoyed your visit!


Kathy M.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Very Interesting Picture:

The picture below is one that was posted on the Northwest Cable News Facebook page of the Oso, Washington mudslide.  It was taken a day or so after the tragic even happened in late March.  Rescuers are still working on finding the bodies of people, and my heart goes out to those who live in the area of the disaster and who have lost so many and so much.

When I saw this photo, I wondered what the green spot was in the middle, halfway down.  So, I enlarged the image and was amazed at what I saw.  This is as big as I could get it, and it really stirred my imagination.  What do you guys see in these pictures?

I'll be continuing to post about our trip soon.  The post below is about pretty cactus flowers in Arizona.


Kathy M.

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Desert Flowerbed:

Hello, Friends!

It has been so long since I have been on my blog.  I am going to try and revive it and work it back into my schedule if I can.  I am a morning person and begin work teaching pre-school at 7:00 each day, and by the time evening hits I'm not much motivated for blogging, or even for making dinner.

I have been at my job for a year now, and it was time for a much needed vacation.  While on my little break, I had time to think and there was a lot of peace and quiet with no responsibility.  I didn't even need to worry about letting the dogs in and out.  I didn't think about work, and I realized how much I have missed my old life, where I had time and energy for writing, blogging and travel.  I had tons of story ideas that were flowing by the end of the week, so I know that though they might be buried, they are not gone.

This past week, we went to Laughlin, Nevada for a vacation/visit with my Dad and step-mom.  We had a great time, and it was fun to take some photos.  The ones below are of the flower garden at the RV park where Dad and Jill live.  We had a nice time meeting their friends and neighbors at the monthly potluck in the community room.

My sister-in-law, Maria, pictured above, was a great traveling companion, as were Cary and my bro.  

Here are some different flowering cactus located next to the pool at the RV park.  It was really warm outside the whole week, mostly in the high 90's.  I didn't mind that warmth one bit!

I'll be posting more pictures of the trip soon.  If I can spread out the posts,  maybe I can get back into the blogging groove.  

I've missed you guys, and will begin my visits with those who leave comments.


Kathy M.

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The 2012 Army All-American Day Event

2012 Army All American Game Video

Photo Source: Nike "The Opening Brochure" Pages 2 and 3
During the week of July 5-9, 2011, Cary and I were privileged to attend "The Opening", watching quarterback grandson Tyler Matthews (#43 the first day, and #15 on game days) play with 150 of the best high school football players in the United States. The event was held at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. I hope that you enjoy the pictures ... some are better photos than others, but I tried to capture as many kids as I could.

There are approximately 500 photos in these slide shows. They are of the players, the fans, our family and everybody/everything that caught my eye. They are in chronological order. No names are on the pictures, even if I do know who people were.

As time permits, I will also be writing blog posts about my experience as a spectator. Since I still have a lot to learn about football and this is not a sports blog, I'll write some human interest stories as seen through my eyes. That said, Tyler Matthews, YOU ROCK!!!!


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