Murdo Girl…On the 28..London Bridge..Lake Havasu, AZ

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.

The London Bridge when it spanned The River Thames.

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.


I’m about to feed my three dogs an ice cream cone

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



10 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…On the 28..London Bridge..Lake Havasu, AZ

  1. Mari Jackson November 6, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    The prices for homes was quite reasonable in the late 1970’s, but more Californians and Spring Breakers really drove the prices up. Still, it was and is a beautiful oasis and well planned by Robert McCulloch. I’m glad you and Kip enjoyed it there!

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  2. scoper07 November 6, 2016 / 11:02 am

    We traveled through Lake Havasu City but didn’t stop. We were on our way to Laughlin to see Connie. I remember it being a scenic area. Pico marveled at how much it had grown. Keep having fun and livin’ the dream. Thanks for sharing your trip and adding the great pictures.

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    • Mary Francis McNinch November 6, 2016 / 11:41 am

      It’s so much fun 07. We like Lake Havasu City. We were told many snowbirds have made it their permanent home.

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  3. sanjuan831 November 6, 2016 / 10:17 am

    Really enjoyed reading about London Bridge history and Lake Havasu City! The photos are once again fun to see and got a kick out of the dogs eating ice cream. So happy you’re staying another night. The thing that stays with me after reading your post, is that you are determined to hold onto the gratitude and appreciation you feel….a good state of mind.

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    • Mary Francis McNinch November 6, 2016 / 10:35 am

      I don’t remember the pants or shoes or hairdo, but I think she looks cute. Governor was stubborn. The other story Dad told was that putting a Governor on something calmed it down. I think it had another connotation, but that’s all I remember. Yes Lav, you tatoo trend setter you! It’s the 60’s and 70’s.


      • sanjuan831 November 6, 2016 / 10:39 am

        Why am I getting this same reply from you on a previous post? Hmmm. It’s repeating.

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    • Mary Francis McNinch November 6, 2016 / 10:40 am

      That other reply was from the other day. It might have gone through twice..Anyway special Cuz, I have realized it’s decision we can make…to feel grateful and appreciative. You are right. It’s a good state of mind.

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      • sanjuan831 November 6, 2016 / 11:12 am

        Thanks, dear MG! You are a beautiful traveling group!

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