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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Big River (CA) to Parker (AZ) - 22 miles

March 19-21, 2012 - We moved to Havasu Springs Resort on Monday morning.  This RV resort is on the Colorado River just above the Parker Dam where the river widens to create Lake Havasu.  It caters to those who buy a membership into their resort.  We stopped to ask about their $10/night special advertised along the highway.  By attending a 90-minute presentation to explain their membership program, we got an RV site for three nights at $10.00/night and a $40 coupon toward dinner at their restaurant.  Even though RV resort membership is not for us, we enjoyed the use of their facilities to launch our kayaks, sit at the beach to watch the sunsets, and eat at the Springs Restaurant.  We ordered the halibut and the salmon dinners - a touch of the Pacific Northwest! 

During our stay here, we also hiked at Buckskin Mountain State Park, ate a great catfish dinner at Bobby D's Diner in Parker, and kayaked in the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge.  We've enjoyed the quiet side of the Colorado River, but the season of high-speed motorboats is about to begin.  We're leaving at a good time!

We're heading to Tom's brother's house in Mesquite (NV) next.  He has not entered the computer age yet, so we will not have internet access while we are there.  I'll catch up with you later.

Tom paddling in the Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge

A view of the desert mountains across the Colorado River from our RV Resort

Herons on top of a Refuge island at dusk (taken from the kayak)

Pat relaxing on a day hike at Buckskin Mountain State Park

Pincushion cactus ready to bloom at Buckskin Mountain

Kayaking up the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge

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