Monday, January 14, 2013

No Golf Today....The Wind Blew That Away...

We had a Tee-Time reserved for 10:30  this morning.  Well, the wind reared its ugly head and blew that idea away.  It felt like gale force winds out here in the desert.  To add to insult, the daytime temperature refused to nudge much over 45 degrees. Unusual...but real.
Lake Havasu City, seen from the California side looking over the lake
Yesterday was a different story though.  Although it was quite cool, Jeanette and I decided to gear up with heated motorcycle clothes and head off to check out the west side of Lake Havasu City, Arizona.  The west side is in California and the town includes a casino, RV park, marina, gas station a food store and a few other small businesses. We headed south on California Highway 95. About 40 miles later, we reached our destination.  That side (west side) of the lake is controlled and owned by the native Chemehuevi Band and the town is known as Havasu Landing

 Although it was quite cool for a ride, our heated grips and riding clothes kept us toasty.  The return trip was cool on the face though.
 Lake Havasu City, Arizona, to the east.
Marina at Havasu Landing, CA
We had read that there is no road access to the other side of the lake.  The only service available is a fair weather passenger only ferry boat.  It was leaving as we approached the marina.  

One small snowbird gated development looked quite impressive.  We could not get past the gates so we could not get any decent photos....but it was quite new and well planned.
A happy face in the desert.
Near a boon docking spot - about four miles due west from Havasu Landing - was this happy sign in the desert.  We could not get a very good photo of the lonesome RV trailer out there but the flag was a large, green, Saskatchewan Rough Riders Football one.  There was no one around to chat with.
The office at Pirate Cove - the operating contractor for our RV Park on the Colorado River.
 Back in mid-afternoon, we tootled around our RV park - resort area.  It is a nice development that mainly caters to a hectic summer crowd.  In the winter months, other than the snowbirds, it's fairly quiet.

Very nice facilities - outdoors and in - including a grocery store and a restaurant.  Laundry facilities are also available.
The Pirate Cove Party River Boat sits idle.
These beautiful, $230/night, chalets dot the river's edge - in a protected tributary - and can accommodate several guests.
Of the better than 15 units, it appeared only 4-5 were rented out.
The marina sits quietly too.
We have seen photos of this place in the summer and it is a crazy house of young people, boats galore, busy zip lines, partying and camping.  Locals speak to the absolute chaos of summer fun enjoyed by those who like crazy fun.
New Zip Line installed late last spring
The corporate aircraft - looks like an old Beachcraft - on floats, flew over us a couple of times, during our stay.
The store and laundromat
This is well organized area and the management group has done a fine job of keeping the environment in check. Other than a few full service - on pavement - RV sites, the preferred sites are on the 24 pods that jot out on the Colorado River.  Those full service sites are more appealing to us.

Well, with the winds still gusting, we will have to rebook our golf round for another day.  Typically, if one can stay out of the wind, it's quite pleasant outdoors. We'll spend some time catching up on our reading.

Thanks for dropping by.


  1. We sure hope this cold weather and wind goes away soon, supposedly toward the end of this week. Enjoy!

  2. We had lunch there last was great, but a lot warmer!

  3. nice tour today..maybe by next week the weather will warm up?
    Snow here most of the day so be thankful where you are!

  4. I admire you both for venturing out on your bike in this cooler weather - even with toasty warm clothes.

    Pirate Cove looks like a very nice place. We missed that when we were staying in the Lake Havasu area.

    Good luck with your golf - better wear hand warmers!

  5. Not any warmer here in Corona, and our share of wind yesterday also. The good news is that it looks like warmer, more normal temps for us both later in the week. Hope that wind disperses so you can get back on the links.

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