Saturday, April 11, 2009
Laughlin: Things to Do to Get Out of the RV
I love my Prevost motor home bus conversion. I could stay inside finding things to do all day especially if I have access to the Internet but that defeats the whole purpose of living on the road. So when I was in Laughlin, Nevada, thrust in close proximity to a lively gaming city, I found plenty to see and do...
I joined several of the casino players clubs to take advantage of free slot play. Whenever I my winnings exceeded the $5 or $10 free play, I called my Gambler's Hotline - husband Ed - who encouraged me to "cash out." Sometimes I listened to his sage advice, sometimes I didn't. If I lost a buck or two, I just chalked it up to paying my dues.
Shopping opportunities abound in Laughlin and Bullhead City across the bridge in Arizona. My favorite store was the Watchman inside the Riverside Resort. Thousands of watches ticked time away at cheap prices. Not so cheap were the prices at the Preferred Outlets. The only bargain I found at a discount was on my favorite and alleged to be discontinued Bath & Body Works scent: Juniper Breeze.
Also in the Riverside Resort is the Laughlin Classic Car Collection. How would I look sporting around in this classic 1934 Ford?
Laughlin has a River Walk along the Colorado River. It's a lovely place to take a walk anytime of day or night.
Once a year, Laughlin hosts a rodeo. I definitely recommend attending to see the bucking bulls and broncos. It's exciting! If you miss the next Annual River Stampede Rodeo, there's plenty of other entertainment to keep you busy.
On Spirit Mountain, petrographs from the Mohave Indians can be seen.
The Colorado River offers numerous water activities - boating, fishing, and jet skiing.
Davis Dam controls the water flow of the Colorado River. Although it is closed to traffic due to national security issues, you can still walk around and read some of the descriptive explanations about its operation.
Go to Oatman, Arizona. This side trip is worth the gas and time. Make the Oatman Hotel your first stop to see 60,000 one dollar bills just hanging from the ceiling and tacked to the walls.
Wild burros roam the streets of Oatman. Be sure to take a bag of carrots with you. They will eat right out of your hand, purse, or pocket! This is April, one of my favorite burros.
Also, in Oatman, watch the Outlaw Gunfighters stage a bank robbery.
Historic Route 66 runs through Oatman. Take this rural two lane from Oatman to Kingman. You'll see spectacular scenery!