Final Days in Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu City, AZ

The end of our two week stay in Lake Havasu City is rapidly approaching.  So we thought we’d post one last blog from here highlighting a few of the “non-hiking” activities we did.  We were not able to book the entire time in one site here at Lake Havasu State Park so we had to do a short move to another site after the first week.  Our first site was fine, but the second one was much nicer as it was more private and had a great view of the lake.  The site is designed to back into, but to take advantage of the view of the lake when we sat inside we pulled straight in and ran our electric and water lines under the motorhome to connect.

Site 43 in Lake Havasu State Park

Our site with the lake in the background

For part of our stay Norm and Lisa of Those Young Guys were also in the park, so they joined us (or we joined them?) for a number of activities.  Norm enjoys flying his radio controlled airplane so one morning we went over to a nearby empty parking lot in the park to watch him fly it.

Preparing for take-off

This was a perfect landing!

We wanted to get out on Lake Havasu at least once, so one day we took advantage of a ferry boat that goes over to Havasu City on the California side.  The California side is an Indian Reservation and has a casino, so the ferry is just $2 round trip.  They anticipate their passengers will donate more when they play the slots.

The ferry docked at Havasu City, CA

Two potential gamblers enjoy the crossing

They lost money on us as we stepped into the doorway of the casino, smelled the strong odor of cigarettes, and turned back around.  We then walked up the street to a bar/restaurant for some lunch while waiting for the return ferry.   Havasu City, CA is a very small town and nine out of ten vehicles is either a golf cart or ATV.

One of the most attended activities in Lake Havasu City is the lighting ceremony for the annual Festival of Lights.  The honor of flipping the switch turning on the holiday lighting goes to the first swimmer to cross from the island to the mainland next to the London Bridge.  With a water temperature of about fifty degrees the swim was only for the hearty/crazy.

The start line across the channel

And they’re off

The winning swimmer exits the water

The lighting ceremony took place on a bandstand under the far side of the bridge where we couldn’t see it.  So we crossed the bridge to the island side to enjoy dinner while they had the ceremony.  They claim that there are over 500,000 lights along the channel near the bridge.

From the island side we could see a blue lit walkway along the channel so we went back across to check it out.

We had a great time during our stay near Lake Havasu.  The weather was great (don’t come here in the summer!) and there is so much to do.  But now it’s time to head toward San Diego!

More on that later . . .

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19 Responses to Final Days in Lake Havasu

  1. Ingrid says:

    We really enjoy Lake Havasu and after all your posts, I’m thinking a return trip later this winter is in order. Safe travels to another favorite of ours…. San Diego. Look forward to your posts 🙂

  2. Looking forward to seeing you guys!

  3. We hope to return to Lake Havasu one day, take in the sights, & give the town a fair shake. I’ve always regretted writing a negative post years ago about a Saturday morning drive through Havasu when I was in one of my grumpy moods. Like your night time photos.

  4. Janna says:

    Thanks for showing us around the Lake Havasu area!

  5. jcgc50 says:

    That casino was one of the worst we’ve ever seen. We, too, took the boat ride but just walked around “town” a little and got on the next boat back.
    Looks like you had a great time in Lake Havasu!

  6. Rick Doyle says:

    Nice to see Lake Havasu all lit up for the Christmas season. I can’t imagine jumping into the cold, frigid lake at night just to swim. It takes all kinds!

  7. LuAnn says:

    Glad to see you made the most of your time in Lake Havasu. Looking forward to seeing you soon. 🙂

  8. Leigh says:

    It was great seeing you guys! Thanks again for a delicious dinner!

  9. Over here in Apple valley, Ca., we’re so close to areas you have further enlightened us about over the past several weeks that, once the solar project is complete, we will spend some winter time over that way. Can hardly wait for THAT and converting to full-time in 2016. Thanks for the great photos and blog posts along the way.

  10. pmbweaver says:

    Nice big site for sure. Looks lovely.
    Oh the smell of cigarettes would have turned me off too!
    I will forfeit my chance to light the lights. No swimming for me.
    Great selfie! Safe travels.

  11. Joan says:

    As you roll on through Murrieta, give us a wave. Someday we hope to be just like you!! Love reading about your adventures!

  12. Gay says:

    Fun, fun! Might have to make a stop at Lake Havasu on out trip back to Moab….

  13. debbiemc14 says:

    That’s an area I’d like to visit this Spring. We’ll be spending more time in AZ and it looks like December and the lights would be fun!

  14. Laurel says:

    I thought for sure one of you would be flipping the switch for those Christmas lights! 🙂 Your photos of the lights are great. As far as the casino, I’m with you — I’d be turning back as soon as I got a whiff of cigarette smoke.

  15. Suzanne says:

    Well, after seeing all those cool lights, I am sorry I didn’t make it there this year, but maybe next year. That crazy swim competition to flip on the lights would be worth the trip alone! Thanks for giving me some more “to dos” for the list! So does this mean two of my favorite bloggers will be meeting up in San Diego? If so, give my love to Hans and Lisa!

    • placestheygo says:

      Yes, Suzanne, we will be meeting up with Hans and Lisa in Santee Lakes and then again in Mission Bay! We are really looking forward to seeing them again since it has been two years. I will pass on your message:)

  16. Wayne Scott says:

    We really enjoyed our quick stop there in September. It’s a place to go back to and we will. Thanks for the additional info.

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