First Stop: Laughlin, NV

OK, Laughlin is not exactly the jewel of the Colorado River, but it is a convenient 5 or so hour drive from Southern California and it has cheap hotel rooms.  For our first day of driving we wanted to make it an easy trip since we only need to average about 500 miles per week to meet our schedule.  Anything much less than 5 hours would have left us in the desert surrounded by nothing but cactus and scrub brush between Barstow, CA and Needles, CA.  So, Laughlin it is.

Colorado River at Laughlin, NV

We stayed at Harrah’s which is on the west end of Laughlin.  The weather was very nice and we enjoyed our brief visit.

From Laughlin we’ll make the relatively short trip to Williams, AZ, gateway to the Grand Canyon.