Tonight’s blog is going to be short – we’ve had a LONG day! We left our hotel after a poor nights sleep – unreliable and loud air conditioning, and unhappy tummies for some reason made for a fitful nights sleep – and headed back through Bullhead city to Oatman Az.
Oatman is a small town (126 permanent residents I think) with a pretty active tourist trade. Oatman used to be a gold mining town but the boom ended and the town dwindled. It has, however, a lot of donkeys. Yes the burros used in the mines were just turned loose in the desert after the mines closed, and now there are quite a few descendants of those original donkeys. These donkeys are feral – so need to be treated with respect. The shops all sell small hay cubes that you can feed to the donkeys and as a result of all the tourists the donkeys stay right on the main drag mooching for handouts.
We shopped up and down the main drag, avoiding the donkeys – which was No easy feat since the donkeys Were making their way up the boardwalks and into the stores. Yep. Right into the stores.
After Oatman we decided to go to Las Vegas! Why not? It’s warm there right?
So off we went. But first we stopped at the Hoover Dam. It was The most amazing thing to see. The bridge that goes across the river above the dam is the highest bridge in North America and maybe the world. It is astounding to see. The dam itself is huge – an engineering feat in itself. We took pictures which you will see tomorrow, but frankly you have to go and see it to appreciate it. It isn’t just the dam that’s amazing: people thought of this project, figured out how to do it, and then did it. I know that sounds weird, but at one point it was just a river…
Once we’d driven around the dam as much as we could we headed to Las Vegas.
I have a couple of pictures which I’ve added below, but I’m going to add more tomorrow – I’m exhausted and my bed is calling!