Lake Havasu, Day 3/4

Saw this wall on our bike ride.

DAY 3, Friday

Very early this morning as I lay in that half asleep, half awake state I heard a LOT of voices walking past our rig. (It was just before 7 a.m.) I quickly peeked out of the window to see about 15 adults walking in the direction of the stop where the bus picks us up to go to the festival. As I lifted my head the cold slapped me in the face in a wayΒ  that sent a shiver down my spine and then whispered in my ear “I don’t care that you are nice and warm under your fleece sheets and blankets! It’s mornimg, Wake up!” 😬 Apparently, Sometime during the night our heater shut off.Β  When we looked at the thermostat it read 57 degrees INSIDE of our coach. Outside it was 48 degrees.😳 Man o man, it was COLD!

We got up and immediately heated some water for a hot cup of coffee and tried to figure out why the heat shut off in the middle of the night.

After we had breakfast and straightened up we decided to take the bikes out for a ride. We set the navigation for “London Bridge.” The navigation took us in circles but we finally found it.

“Love Locks” on the London Bridge.

I recall reading something about why people place locks on the London Bridge but couldn’t remember, so I googled it. (below)

After we took a few pix at the bridge we went to the little shopping area below the bridge and took a few more pix.

A telephone booth, “What?!”
City of London

It was getting cold and we could see the sun was beginning to set so we headed back to our rig. It was a COLD ride back, but we made it safe and sound! We settled in and watched a movie before turning in for the night.😴

DAY 4, Saturday

I woke this morning to a chill in the air. Not like yesterday, but it was chilly. Again our heater turned off in the middle of the night. Ugh!! (We REALLY NEED to figure this out!!πŸ˜‘)Β  I needed to move and warm up, so I got up, got dressed and went outside for a quick walk to see how many balloons I could see…

About 7 this morning I got a text from my friend, Carle, saying that he could see Hot air balloons from his friends house.

Sidebar: Carle and I have been friends since 1990! We met working together; I was his secretary. We were an awesome work team and learned so much from each other. From the day we met, we clicked. We have ALWAYSΒ  had a great respect and admiration for each other. πŸ‘We each ended up moving on to other jobs, but have kept in touch thru the years.Β  We have encouraged each other, we have seen each other’s kids grow up, we have taken a couple of vacations together, we have cheered our kids successes and shared pix of our grandkids. Carle holds a special place in my heart.πŸ’ž We are GOOD friends.Β  (Don’t get it twisted; I am happily married and he has a significant other. Men and women CAN BE FRIENDS.) πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈπŸ€©πŸ™‹βœŒ

Anyway I knew that Carle and Joyce (his significant other) were going to be here at Lake Havasu this weekend with friends to go razor riding. Like I said earlier, Carle text me bright and early this morning at 7 a.m. saying that he could see hot air balloons near his friend’s house. He shared that he wanted to go “chase” a balloon to get a closer look but no one (in the house) was ready so he decided to hop in his truck to go balloon chasing. As he was driving, he happened by the balloon fest, took a chance and decided to drive amongst the RVs.

Meanwhile, I am walking in the parking lot looking for hot air balloons, and who pulls up in a big white truck?! Carle!πŸ˜ƒ Boy, was I surprised! So, he told me that he was going balloon chasing and asked me If I wanted to join him. ABSOLUTELY! So, since Craig was still getting ready for the day I decided to go balloon chasing with Carle. I stopped by our RV and told Craig about the plan. Cool, off we go!

So, Carle and I are talking, catching up, exchanging stories about our kids and what’s going on in their lives, our latest vacations; and then he spots a balloon!!Β  We parked to take a closer look.

Hot air balloon, up close!
Carle taking pix of the balloon being deflated and packed up.

It was too windy so the balloon pilot landed in a park. His team began the process of deflating and packing the balloon up. Carle and I took pix of the process. It was pretty cool!

Before he brought me back to my RV, we stopped at his friend’s house so I could say hello to some of his crew; Joyce, Tracey, Bambi, Renee, Robin and some other folks. On the way back he shared that they were deciding what to do for the day and would keep me posted; and invited Craig and I to join them. 😁

So, Carle called and told me that they were going to take the ferry to the casino on the island and invited us. We accepted! He picked us up and away we went!

Ferry boat line
The casino is in California across the river.

After hanging out at the casino and enjoying the lake views we took the ferry back to AZ. Carle brought us back to our RV and invited us to join him and his crew for dinner. Again, we accepted! Later that day Carle came back and picked us up for dinner. We dined at Shegrue’s. It was a NICE restaurant, with GOOD food. It was a tad pricy, but totally worth it! The ambience was nice, friendly and with a GREAT view of the Colorado River and London Bridge. We talked, laughed had a great time and witnessed a BEAUTIFUL full moon rise from the restaurant!πŸ˜πŸ‘

Dinner with these cool, funny peeps!

The crew today! Carle has some really cool, kind and funny friends! πŸ˜πŸ˜ƒ We had previously met Tracey, Bambi, Renee and Robin when we went Razor riding at Bolder Creek with them last year. We also had the pleasure of meeting some new folks; Sue, Ed, Sue, James and Lee, all very kind, friendly people. (Hope I didn’t forget anyone.)

Carle, if you are reading this: We had a really GREAT day today! THANKS Carle and Joyce for including Craig and I in the festivities today. πŸ‘πŸ’ž A big thanks to your peeps for being so cool!! Have a safe trip back home. Peace✌ and Love my friend!😍❀