We just got back from a two week road trip. We stayed over in Lake Havasu and the next morning headed for Vegas via Route 66 and Oatman.
I’d been there in January of 2009 but the wild burros weren’t out that day. Maybe because it was really cold. Not so this time. They were out and enjoying the visitors with treats.
Oatman is listed as a ghost town and a popular spot for tourists. The route up from Lake Havasu is paved (barely) but the one down to Bullhead city and civilization isn’t. I was talking to one of the clerks and she said people don’t come up it when the weather is bad. We took this picture to prove what we traveled on.
Oatman has sort of came back into it’s own as a tourist attraction, though the town, unlike a lot of others, isn’t a mere façade. Instead you can still history there. And of course there is Route 66 and the wild burros. They seem to be gentle and openly beg for treats but we were warned to be wary as they are wild being descendants of pack animals that were turned loose by early prospectors.
Oatman also has the hotel that Clark Gable and Carole Lombard spent a night of their honeymoon in. The weather was in the mid 70’s the day we were there. Perfect for roaming up and down the street. We even stopped into a rustic place for a root beer float that was one of the best I’ve had.
The trip, just over 3200 miles, was fantastic. No two days were alike. A friend who I went through school with and I took the trip we had promised ourselves when we were in our teens. If anything, the years waiting made it even better. We know we will always be BFF.
I’ll try to write more about the trip in future blogs. Like our experience with the L.A. freeway challenge.