New Year’s Eve Drive By Shooting
I spent New Year’s Eve in Laughlin, NV, otherwise known as “The Poor Man’s Vegas”. I am not a gambler. I can think of a million ways to spend my money and not one of them involve watching a machine munch away at my bank account. Here is how I gamble: I go into a casino. I put $20 into a video poker machine. 15 minutes later my $20 is gone. I go upstairs and watch TV.
My husband is, however and unfortunately, a gambler and this was one of his Christmas presents. I went along mainly for the ride. I had forgotten what beautiful scenery lies between here and there. And since this blog is about road trips…here are some photos taken from the road.
We left Phoenix on New Year’s eve. A winter storm had rumbled through a couple of days before. It was overcast and cold, and the mountains were still sporting a dusting of snow. It actually snowed in areas of Phoenix on Thursday!
The Joshua Tree Forest is one of my favorite places on the drive. (I like to play U2’s “The Joshua Tree” album as we go through.)
The road between the town of Wikieup and Kingman used to be a dangerous winding 2 lane highway. They’ve done a lot of work and there is even talk of turning it into Interstate 11 which would connect Phoenix and Las Vegas.
As we traveled on Interstate 40 and got closer to Kingman we saw more snow.
And more evidence of snow.
Kingman is one of the more famous places along Route 66. You can get your kicks there. So I hear.
Shortly past Kingman you exit onto Highway 68 and travel the long road through Golden Valley up the hill.
The Strip. Not quite Vegas, but a place with the same purpose. Shortly after we arrived, my husband introduced me to a machine that actually helps you lose your money three times faster than normal machines. You know what? It really does its job well.
There is an interesting rock formation along Highway 68. On the way into Laughlin it gives you the thumbs up.
And on the way back out it rather appropriately flashes you a different digit.
How was your New Year’s? Good I hope.
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