I somehow got off on my days. I just counted them on a calendar and we left Mabank, TX 28 days ago. In some ways it has flown by, but in other ways it seems like a long time has passed since we spent that first night in Snyder, TX. I guess it must feel that way because we have done so much. I have resolved to remain in a state of gratitude and appreciation. I have a lot of those “pinch myself” moments. Are we really experiencing all of this fun, or are we dreaming?
Today we saw London Bridge. We walked around and took pictures for a while and enjoyed the beautiful day. The dogs drew a lot of attention. By the way, taking animals with you is a great way to make new acquaintances. We stopped and found a bench overlooking the channel and under a shade tree. It was fun to sit and watch all the pricey boats go by. The dogs were enjoying all the people who stopped to make a fuss over them. One nice gentleman stopped and talked with us 15 minutes or so, and told us the history of the bridge.
It was built in the 1830’s and formerly spanned the River Thames in London, England. Back in 1967, London decided to sell the historical bridge. They wanted to replace it because it was sinking. It hadn’t been built to withstand heavy 20th century traffic. The bridge was sold in 1968 to the founder of Lake Havasu City for $2,460,000. It cost another $1.2 million to dismantle it brick by brick and ship it here. The reconstruction was completed in 1971.
Bomb and bullet shrapnel fragments are still lodged in the bridge from when the Germans were bombing the dickens out of London every night during WWII. England wouldn’t sell the bridge to be reassembled in Lake Havasu City, unless it was over water, so there is a man-made channel which is fed by the Colorado River. The river also feeds the very large Lake Havasu.
We really enjoyed talking with this man. He said he owns a couple of houses in Lake Havasu City, but he only spends six months out of the year here. I asked him where he spends the other six months. He said, “Oh, I’m from South Dakota. I have a farm in the Northeastern part near the Minnesota border.”
I know Kip was grateful I didn’t launch into my excited Murdo Girl diatribe. We did talk some about living in good old SD though. It’s a small world. When we got back to the RV park, we heard the group next to us yelling, “Hi, Hi!” It was two families with little girls who had stopped to pet the dogs while we were sitting under the bridge having lunch. We hadn’t yet run into each other at the park, which is one of many around the massive Lake Havasu.
This was the view from our bench.
Below are photos of Lake Havasu..They were having a gathering of model ski-plane flyers. They flew the planes a long way up, then brought them down into the water on the skis. It was entertaining to watch them maneuver the models so skillfully.
We like ice cream
We need another one
I talked Kip into spending another day here. I want to take more pictures of the RV park, and it will be fun to do some relaxing. We’ll take the puppy dogs on a couple of long walks. They have their very own beach and trail.
Cat Tail State Park. The most reasonably priced place we’ve stayed on the whole trip so far….
And the most beautiful