Day 16 - Lake Havasu City
|Thursday, June 22, 2023: After the late night watching the launch, we got up at a leisurely pace, had a delicious freeze-dried breakfast, and left the hotel around 10:00 AM. Second breakfast this morning was from Winchell's Donut House, which was just down the street from the pharmacy where we picked up Debbie's meds the night before.
|Ooooh. They have crullers!
|Debbie got three chocolate-covered crullers, and Tom got a mini apple fritter, a chocolate old-fashioned, and a cake donut with white frosting and nuts.
|As we headed south on I-5 through Burbank, we saw these same airplanes at the Burbank Empire Center shopping plaza that we had seen last fall.
|There was one more LEGO Store in southern California that we hadn't been to and that was at the Glendale Galleria.
|The store didn't open until 11:00 AM, so we need to wait for about fifteen minutes. Here's a close-up view of the Ninjago display that we'd been fascinated by all week.
|We also learned that the Batcave Shadow Box model folded up. It folds up! Now that makes it much more interesting!
|The store opened right at 11:00 AM, ...
|... and Debbie went straight to the Pick & Build wall.
|Not finding anything that she needed, she decided to look at some of the other sets. But first, look at this huge minifig policeman holding a donut!
|Debbie posed next to a Ninjago minifg mosaic made from LEGO DOTS.
|She had purchased the Magical Unicorn set, which is actually three models in one. But let's be honest. She bought it for the rainbow unicorn and will be giving it to a very special grandchild for Christmas.
|This majestic-looking bulding is the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena, California.
|We could see the outlines of the San Gabriel Mountains, ...
|... and we could see snow on some of their peaks. That might be Mount San Antonio, also known as Mount Baldy.
|As we turned northward on I-15, we drove through the San Bernardino National Forest, ...
|... until we got to Barstow, California. We had last been here when we drove Route 66 in 2021.
|We stopped for lunch at the oldest Del Taco still in operation. The menu sign says that it is the Original Del Taco even though it isn't actually the original location.
|We ordered a chicken burrito for Debbie, a Macho Combo burrito for Tom, ...
|... and a Barstow Taco, which was something we hadn't seen on any other Del Taco menu. In fact, the menu was distinctly different than all of the other Del Tacos that we'd been to over the last few weeks.
|As we left Barstow, we could see the outskirts of Fort Irwin, home of the Army's National Training Center, which is the Army's version of Top Gun.
|We drove to Yermo, California, and passed Eddie World, which bills itself as the Biggest Gas Station in California and the best pit stop between southern California and Las Vegas.
|Just beyond that is the location of the Original Del Taco restaurant. What a modest beginning for one of our favorite fast food chains.
|We headed east on I-40 to the California-Arizona border which just so happens to be the middle of the beautiful Colorado River.
|Welcome back to Arizona!
|That's the Needles, a distinctive group of mountain peaks that are part of the Mohave Mountains in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.
|We got off the highway just after crossing the border and headed south on Arizona Highway 95, through the hills, ...
|... and down into the valley that contains ...
|... Lake Havasu City, home of the relocated London Bridge.
|We headed to the Havasu Inn & Suites, which was our hotel for the night.
|We had a king suite, ...
|... with a full kitchen!
|Not that we needed it. We made freeze-dried fettuccini Alfredo with chicken for dinner, and then settled around the kitchen table to relax and catch up with the outside world until it was time for bed.
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