Honestly, I never knew this story until we came to Lake Havasu. In 1968, a fellow by the name of Robert McCulloch bid $2.5 million to buy the London Bridge. At the time, the ailing decrepit and sinking bridge spanned the River Thames in London. Each block of the bridge was meticulously numbered before dismemberment, and then shipped overseas to California. From there, it was trucked to Arizona and constructed. Now it draws visitors from all over…including us! We spent the morning walking around checking out the canal and bridge. Restaurants, shops, and lodging line part of the canal, but there is also a large park with a sand volleyball court, pickle ball court, and dog park. Our dog spent time sniffing around the beach, wading in the water, and rolling in the warm sand.
Some friends we were camped with told us about a place called the Desert Bar. It’s open 2 days a week (Saturday and Sunday), from October through April and Nellie E Saloon is the official name, but Desert Bar is it is. It’s on land by Parker, Arizona that is an old copper mining camp. The Nellie E was completed in 1988 and is quite unique. The entire place is powered by solar energy stored in batteries. It’s cash only, has several different levels and bars and a few food options. I didn’t eat there, but saw plenty of pork nachos, gyros, steak sandwiches and burgers. I found it quite rustic and charming, with live music, lots of good people watching, and great fun.