We went to Lake Havasu City for a balloon festival with our friends Bill and Linda. The balloon festival is on an island in Lake Havasu and you have to cross The London Bridge (first picture) to get to it. It is actually the famous London Bridge that was falling down of which we all sang as little children.
The bridge was built in 1830 and spanned the River Thames in London. It was dismantled in 1967 because it was sinking into the mud. It was bought by Robert P. McCulloch from the City of London for $2.1 million. McCulloch had exterior granite blocks from the original bridge numbered and transported to America to construct the present bridge which was completed in 1971 and links an island in the Colorado River with the main part of Lake Havasu City. McCullough was a developer who was creating a retirement community in the area.
As this was our first visit to the festival we did not know what to expect. Linda learned “the skinny” from a lady that was staying in a caravan of VW vans (2nd picture) behind her hotel. The lady has been coming for 5 years and knows all the ropes.
Unfortunately the balloons did not take off the first day because it was too windy, so we had to go to plan B – shopping for the girls, brewery for the boys; naps for the girls, boat ride for the boys; and movie for all. The next day dawned with no wind so we got to see the balloons take off which was a lot of fun. It was pretty cool watching them go from being unrolled to inflated to taking off.