As we pull into Lake Havasu City, AZ we are greeted by signs declaring this city to be the home of the London Bridge. I wondered where that bridge went. For the whole story, click here. Short story is that the founder of McColluch chain saws bought the bridge, built a canel here for it and then installed the bridge in its new home.
A Cost of Free Camping
We relocate ourselves to the BLM area north of town. Not as wide open as Quartzsite, but at the low, low cost of $0 per night still a bargain. Our week of dry camping has been a pleasant experience but we need a trash dump. There are many stations in Quartzsite to dump but in the off season, we find them closed. We ask the BLM site host in Lake Havasu if there are receptacle sites nearby. She suggests using the dumpster at a local large retail store, but I don’t feel good about taking advantage of them.
After I fill the big trash can and the little one in the bath, I start looking for creative ways to store garbage. Laundry hamper? Microwave? Washing machine? I don’t think Storm will notice his pillow is a little crunchier – do you? By the time we get to a paying campsite, I will be most overjoyed to see the dumpster and unload!
Our tour of Lake Havasu includes a stop or two at the “to scale” lighthouses that ring the shoreline. We also walk along the canal path to get a good look at London Bridge. After an amazing sunset at our campsite, we rest up for a full day of off road exploring Jim has planned for us tomorrow.
Cattail Cove Trail Ride
We start the Cattail Cove trail from a staging area just off AZ 95 south of Havasu. The trail has a few interesting spots to overcome but for the most part is pretty easy if bumpy. We scratch so any Arizona pinstripes along the Jeep sides on this trip that Storm adds a pair of shears to our Jeep equipment list. In the future we can trim bushes as we ride and avoid the extra striping.