It is hard to believe that Lisa and I are already nearing our first month here in Arizona. My how time flies when its 100 plus degrees every day. To be honest – we are adjusting to the climate and are getting more and more comfortable living here in the Mohave Desert (actually are living in “Mohave County”). The people here are really no different from anywhere else. They complain about the weather and politics – go to church and don’t go to church – exercise and don’t exercise. People here do seem to think Lisa and I talk different. But (like in Pennsylvania) we think they do.
We have been attending the 1st Southern Baptist Church of Kingman. I’m not sure why it isn’t just called the “1st and Last Southern Baptist Church of Kingman” since it is really both – but that may be a little wordy. The church is small – probably 150 people in attendance for two services on Sunday. This past Sunday we joined them in a patriotic celebration and even waved little American flags during a medley singing of all the military branch theme songs. It is good to know there are still people who love America and love God – even out here in the Mohave Desert.
Kingman has a downtown area that is promoted as being part of the original Route 66 highway. Like downtowns all across the country – it is full of empty buildings, a couple of mom and pop restaurants and few antique/junk stores. Lisa and I ate at “Redneck Bar B-Q” yesterday and were interested in seeing they referred to their food as being like Memphis Bar B-Q. No one we spoke to had heard of Owensboro – so we didn’t try to convince them we were from the Bar B-Q capital of the world.
Life in an RV park has its ups and downs. People generally are very friendly and we have made some friends that we go eat with occasionally. Others seem a little territorial and petty with regard to their RV space – so we avoid those blessings. Some come here to Kingman every summer to avoid the higher temperatures of the lower elevation cities such as Las Vegas, Lake Havasu and Needles (California). Some of those places can average 120 – 130 degrees in the summer. Lisa and I traveled 40 miles south to Lake Havasu City this past Monday and the temperature there was 115. Lake Havasu City features the London Bridge which was purchased at auction by a Lake Havasu business man for 2.5 million dollars and moved piece by piece from England in 1968. They reconstructed the bridge on Lake Havasu and it is now a popular attraction and a pretty good bar bet. Lisa and I took some quick pictures of the bridge and then headed back to our air-conditioned truck. I told her get a good look – because we ain’t never coming back here again.
Wildlife is a little different out here and (thankfully) we have not seen our first rattlesnake or scorpion. We have spotted some jackrabbits (strange-looking, long -eared rabbits that run like a kangaroo) and many fat, long-tailed lizards that seem as frightened by us as we are of them. There are some other rodent-like creatures scurrying around that I am trying to identify. As long as they stay in the field and out of our RV – we will get along fine. If one ever manages to invade our camper – Lisa will be moved out and checked into the nearest hotel before I will realize she’s gone. She does not do heat or creepy creatures very well – though she is doing better with the heat. I have little faith that she will ever adjust to having strange-looking creatures anywhere near her. I should feel lucky she lets me in the RV.
Have a great day!
Steve and Lisa