PADDLE BOARDING HAVASU & CLIMBING CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN! – LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ & PHOENIX, AZ

Another bucket list item crossed off my list!!!

Paddle boarding Lake Havasu! AND I even got to do it with my very favorite cousin, Hannah! 😀 I am a happy, happy girl!!

Hannah and her boyfriend flew out to visit for a few days while we were in Arizona. We scooped them up and stayed the night in Arizona City then headed to Yuma (where we will spend some of our winter).

We showed them the sand dunes on Gimp since she was in working order (we had recently lost the bolt to the turbo – there were only 3 in the country and we managed to snag one)!

Hannah and I went to prison! I took her to Yuma Territorial Prison to show her how luxurious this place was in the early 1900’s. She’s rather bitter about missing it.

We also went to Lake Havasu for the day! Which was AMAZING! Havasu has been on my “need to see” list for a decade! So, we said “Why the hell not?! Lets GO!!”

And let me tell you what… it was phenomenal! AND yes, I know a whole bunch of you reading this won’t think it’s the bees knees like I do but this New Yorker was extremely impressed!! 🙂

We went to lunch then decided to go paddle board & kayak. I didn’t give them much of an option, really. We tried for a jet ski but they were ‘sold out.’ Next best thing… paddle boards! I wasn’t biased or anything… 😉 I definitely didn’t have an agenda of any sort…

First thing’s first. Aquire floating vessels. Second: find a cliff… and jump off!!

And so we did! 😀

Next on the list was the infamous London Bridge (you know, like the song… except newer). This is the town that bought a bridge… that came from London. And I just had to see it!

Some history for you on this historic bridge-

It started in 1967. The Common Council of the City of London began to look for potential buyers for the London Bridge. Due to the weight of automobile traffic crossing the bridge in the early 20th Century, it began sinking into the River Thames at the rate of an inch every eight years. So by 1924, the east side of the bridge was some three to four inches lower than the west side.

Lake Havasu City’s founder, Robert McCulloch thought purchasing this bridge would bring tourism to his city. He placed the winning bid of $2.4 million on April 18, 1968 (which is over $17 million today).

McCulloch arrived at this figure by doubling the estimated cost of dismantling the structure ($1.2 million), bringing the price to $2.4 million. He then added on $60,000, a thousand dollars for each year of his age at the time he estimated the bridge would be reconstructed in Arizona. Contrary to popular belief, McCulloch was not under the impression that he was purchasing the Tower Bridge of London.

The purchase included ornate lampposts made from the melted-down cannons captured by the British from Napoleon’s army, after the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Overlooking the Bridgewater Channel, these lampposts line the London Bridge today.

Reconstruction of the London Bridge – Lake Havasu, 1971

After it was dismantled, each of its 10,276 exterior granite blocks from the original bridge was shipped to Lake Havasu City. Each block was numbered before the bridge was disassembled. The blocks were shipped overseas through the Panama Canal to California and trucked from Long Beach to Arizona. The shipping and assembly of the bridge, and dredging of a man-made channel underneath, cost $7 million.

The inside of the bridge is hollow because it was rebuilt with a steel framework faced with granite. This reduced its weight from 130,000 tons to 30,000 tons, while strengthening the structure in order to accommodate auto traffic. After three years of reconstruction, Lake Havasu City rededicated the bridge on October 10, 1971. If you want to read more about the London Bridge and the info in this article, click here.

The bridge did just as it was purchased to do – it brings in so many tourists each year to this little town (I’m sure the lake itself helps too).

The following day, we decided to head to Phoenix. None of us had explored much of Phoenix (& Hannah and Matt flew out the following morning).

We decided to start the day off with a hike to the summit of Camelback Mountain. None of us had any idea how difficult this hike was going to be! One of the hardest ones I’ve done yet – mostly because it was about 102° outside!!! I don’t think I’ve ever sweat that much in one hike… ever!

The views were alright – I’m not one for views of cities. I prefer nature, not buildings and people’s houses…. but hey. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Here are some more photos. You be the judge.

That’s all I’ve got! Hope you learned something.. or at least enjoyed the stories!

Safe travels!

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