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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!

Snow on the mountains

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.)

Joshua Tree Forest

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.

Highway 93 between Wikieup and Kingman

As we traveled on Interstate 40 and got closer to Kingman we saw more snow.

Snow I-40

And more evidence of snow.

Snow in a truck

Kingman is one of the more famous places along Route 66. You can get your kicks there. So I hear.

Kingman, AZ

Shortly past Kingman youΒ  exit onto Highway 68 and travel the long road through Golden Valley up the hill.

Highway 68

We were chasing our fortune.Armored car

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.

Casino Drive, Laughlin NV

There is an interesting rock formation along Highway 68. On the way into Laughlin it gives you the thumbs up.

Thumbs Up!

And on the way back out it rather appropriately flashes you a different digit.

Up Yours

How was your New Year’s? Good I hope.

Thanks for stopping by. It means so much!

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14 responses

  1. Nat

    Happy New Year, Tracy! Thanks for the interesting road trip.
    I spent a great NY in a small coastal town in Wales…pretty, even in the bleak of midwinter πŸ™‚

    January 3, 2011 at 7:06 AM

  2. What a fun road trip and thanks for the ride. The last picture is too funny. MB

    January 3, 2011 at 7:09 AM

  3. Thanks for the photo tour of your trip to Laughlin. I like the Joshua trees and hilarious rock formation!

    January 3, 2011 at 7:30 AM

  4. Hey, cuz. Great blog! Fun road trip, it looks like, though I would probably pass on putting anything in a gambling machine. Okay, well, maybe 20 bucks in the Gold Fish one. I have no idea how to play it, but it is fun and the only thing I ever actually won any money on.

    Happy New Year to you. 2011 is going to be OUR road trip, correct?

    January 3, 2011 at 8:25 AM

  5. I laughed several times after reading this! The finger on the way out of town is just soooo appropriate. I love Joshua Tree too, although I haven’t been there in years. About time to change that!

    It sounds like you and I would be good gambling buddies– we could blow our $20 and go catch a comedy show or something way more interesting than lights and bells. πŸ˜‰

    January 3, 2011 at 10:29 AM

  6. Hey you gamble like I do!! haha…Glad you had a nice road trip, though! We had a relaxing New Years Eve – dinner out and then home, which was just what I needed! xxoo πŸ™‚

    January 3, 2011 at 11:13 AM

  7. Thanks for the ride! I just hitchhiked along!

    January 3, 2011 at 11:48 AM

  8. You’re crackin me up! Great shots on your New Year’s road trip, especially the thumbs up & ‘other digit’! heheheee

    January 3, 2011 at 1:28 PM

  9. Our NY eve was very very quite and very cold here. I really dislike Kingman but that thumbs up is cool. Oh and Laughlin is fun too.

    January 3, 2011 at 7:56 PM

  10. ha. you area good wife for letting himhave his fun…funny rock formationtoo…and i love thejoshua tree album

    January 3, 2011 at 9:27 PM

  11. I’m with Cathi – you gamble just like me. lol

    January 3, 2011 at 10:49 PM

  12. Magpie

    I love your travelogue!! Sorry to hear there were no big winners in your group, but you were wrong. You DID get some good pictures…my favorite….following your fortune. Such a great sense of humor you have!

    January 4, 2011 at 7:53 AM

  13. Great post! I’ve stayed a night in Kingman on one of my own roadtrips! πŸ™‚ Love the story shoot πŸ™‚ Happy New Year!

    January 4, 2011 at 5:46 PM

  14. very funny. great post and the rock formation, well it speaks for itself doesn’t it.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:28 AM