Monday, February 06, 2006

Lake Havasu, AZ to Yuma, AZ

Today's trek took us from Lake Havasu City to Yuma, Arizona. Weather was warm but very windy, so much so that our walk along the lake seemed more like an exercise for desert storm due to dust. So we decided to head further south along the Colorado River. First we saw Parker Dam, kind of like Hoover Dam. Supposedly the deepest dam in the world. It's big anyway. The lake formed by it, Lake Havasu supplies water to LA, San Diega and Phoenix, among others. Then, it was on to Parker itself, where we rummaged around a yard sale for a while, before heading south through the desert to Quartzsite. Just south of Parker, the landscape flattens out dramatically, nearfby mountain ranges, so present everywhere else, are now distant. That make it all the more amazing when you finally pull into Quartzsite, which must be the RV/gemstone capital of the world. Coupled with the fact that it is totally ugly, this gives it a certain charm all of its own. Once again, fuel consumption like there is no tomorrow seems to be the norm, every second vehicle is a massive RV pulling an SUV to boot. Every driver of course loudly complains about the price of gas. Gem stones sales are everywhere, one massive outdoor market we found must have had more rocks than all of Ireland combined. I spotted a pedestrian overpass over I-10, so in order to get some elevation to take some photographs, I headed over that way. This is a free thrill. Even though I am a trained professional, you can do this at home folks! Since the fence on the overpass, is a chain link fence, this make it really cool when monster trucks head straight for you, making the bridge shake with their wake.

I had a little bad luck with the GPS tracker, today, loaded the wrong map chart, which forced me to create a replay button tonite, something I had intended-to-do-but-never-got-around-to anyway.

Hopefully soon I'll be able to load the GoogleEarth KML files.

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