I found beauty in the desert this last week, but not the way I expected. My husband wanted to get out of Dodge for a few days, so we made plans to visit Bullhead City at the northwestern tip of AZ touching Laughlin, Nv. It’s our state’s hot spot and not uncommon for temps to reach the mid 90’s in April. I know! We lived there for ten years and raised our girls in that town when it was just a little fishing village. Today it reminds me of a mini Phoenix! Tom missed some of the guys he worked with so it was time to connect again.
The mountain range just before descending into town is ever breathtaking! We stayed at the Tropicana in Laughlin, on the Colorado River.
We ate at our favorite Mexican Restaurant, El Palacio. Memories flooded us when we shopped, drove down the street where we use to live and wished the present owners would water the palm trees more. We enjoyed meeting up with a couple we have been close with over the years. We talked endlessly about the “old days” when we attended church together and social gatherings with so many who, like us, left that little town before the big boom.
The mornings are crisp and the dry heat feels great! However, sadness hit my husband early one morning when he attempted to surprise his former co-worker and learned that Bob passed away last year. Not only Bob, but another guy on the crew also died. They never were able to retire. I gave my husband lots of hugs and then cheered him up by taking him to Oatman, AZ.
Oatman is a fun little town in the mountains where the burros greet you as you enter.
The town has a cafe, saloon, post office, shops of all kinds and a candy store. When I got back to my hotel room, I spread out the loot. Do you see anything you would like? I bet I ate it!
Our road trip was a pleasant drive and provided us with closure. I miss the bougainvillea that grows beautifully there. It’s such a delicate pretty flower, but the vines are thorny, kind of like life!
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