Saturday, March 15, 2014

Grand Canyon / Las Vegas - Laughlin

It turns out we didn't have an Internet connection for the rest of the trip so I have had to wait until I got home to write about the rest of our trip.

We got an early (for us) start out of Tehachapi and with very little traffic on Highway 58 and Interstate 40, we were in Laughlin by early afternoon.  Laughlin is a small town in the southern most point of Nevada with Bullhead City, Arizona across the Colorado River to the east and California a few miles west and south.  As with most Nevada border towns, there is a heavy concentration of casinos which are mainly situated on the Colorado River off the main street through town.  The Davis Dam which forms Lake Mohave is at the northern end of town.

When we travel to the Southwest we often use Laughlin as an overnight stop and stay at Harrah's Hotel and Casino since we can get a comped room and food and can also get in a little gambling.  The hotel is right on the river and has a private beach and a dock where you can catch the water taxi that runs up and down the river to the other hotels.  

It has been a few years since we have stayed at Harrah's Laughlin and it seemed to us that they had spruced thing up a bit as our room and the hotel area seemed to be cleaner and fresher.  We had a great corner room with views of the Colorado River and it seemed a little nicer than the typical rooms we’d had before.  I never seem to do well gambling in Laughlin and this visit was no exception which meant I was able to get to bed early.  Val on the other hand had a pretty good evening and stayed in the casino later than I did.  All in all, we had a nicer than expected stay in Laughlin, but we are looking forward to getting to the Grand Canyon tomorrow and really start our trip. 

Looking out our window to the Southeast.
Looking north out our window.

The dock for the water taxi.

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