Day 1: THANKSGIVING IN A LAUGHLIN BUFFET
Julie and I had left our apartment in West LA first thing Thursday morning. Today was Thanksgiving Day, and we headed out to Laughlin, which had offered us a stay for $20 at the Flamingo Hilton. This was by far the cheapest rate for a reasonable accommodation I had ever received so how could I say no to this?
The goal of this trip was to finally get to see the Shangri-La of the Grand Canyon – Havasu Canyon in the Havasupai Indian Reservation.
The drive was mostly uneventful. The weather was cool yet beautifully sunny throughout the entire drive along the I-15 then the I-40. Maybe leaving the I-15 at Barstow really helped our cause as we had largely avoided traffic.
We arrived at Laughlin at 2pm. Over there, the skies were overcast. I was worried about bad weather ruining our trip to the Havasupai as the forecast called for the first significant rainfall to hit on this weekend.
After checking in and walking around the tiny little riverside town in Nevada, we eventually settled on having Thanksgiving dinner in their buffet area. Yeah, it was lame but at least we were going to have a more active Thanksgiving weekend than most.
What was disconcerting about the dinner was that both of us could look out the window and see the skies getting progressively darker from the menacing clouds and the trees swaying in the wind. It almost seemed as if something was building up and was about to unleash the fury of the skies. It looked like the weather forecasts were right after all, and I kept having these ominous thoughts about hiking in the rain for our Havasupai excursion.
We slept early this night (9pm) knowing we had to get up at 2:30am so we could get an early start on the hike into Supai Village from the Hualapai Hilltop.