Friday, February 14, 2014

Leaving Flagstaff

I really like Flagstaff, the north side of town pushed up against Mt Humphrey, just moments from the tall pines that cover the mountain; it just seems to draw me in.  Driving away, I know that we will meet again.  

Today we head out through another mountainous area around the Williams ski area.  Williams is an old town known as the gateway to the Grand Canyon, on Historic Route 66, named for the famous trapper, scout and mountain man, "Old Bill Williams." The large mountain directly south of town is named Bill Williams Mountain. This town has a great deal of history and VERY, VERY high gas prices.

We elect to stay on I40 today in the hopes that we can get into Laughlin early enough to sit around the pool.  It is forecast to be much warmer in Nevada and we are looking forward to that. 
The drive from Kingman through the Black Mountains is just beautiful.  As we cross the enormous valley and the Sacramento Wash you can see the Union Pass, 20 miles away.

Once through the pass, we cross over the Colorado River into Laughlin, Nevada; located in the southernmost tip of Nevada, along the Colorado River, where Nevada, California and Arizona meet.

Laughlin, Nevada is the third most visited casino resort destination in the state after Las Vegas and Reno.  Quite a site for us, since, for in all of our travels, we have never been to Las Vegas or any town like it.  

The Tropicana is set up around a train theme, full of train memorabilia.  Across the street is a casino which looks like a river boat. 

Up the street is Harrah’s.  We enjoy the entire day on their beautiful beach along the Colorado River.  Finally, sunny and warm!

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