big surprise was that this part of the country is almost devoid of
permanent structures. It is the land of trailer parks, RV's and double-wides
up on foundations. Whole villages dot the roadside for a hundred mile
stretch, some RV campgrounds, other more or less permanent settlements
made up of homes obviously towed to the sight rather than built there.
Even what commercial building as existed were of the same prefabrication.
I found myself reworking a Jeff Foxworthy line, "You know you're in
western Arizona if you are invited to a house warming and you have to help
take off the wheels."
drove through this part of the trip in high-speed contemplation, marveling
at what passed for human settlement, slowing down only for the villages
which invariably straddled both sides of the road. In one such village a
pair of pretty, young, dark skinned girls tried to flag me down for a
ride, obviously having just visited the local trading post and needing to
make their way on foot to the next trailer city up the road. My
instinctive kindness was pushed aside by concerned for local propriety. In
other words they looked like trouble. :-)
I reached the Colorado River basin, the landscape changed dramatically.
There are minor mountains everywhere thrusting up from the desert floor in
defiance of natures best attempts to wear them down with wind and water.
The sun was setting and its hard to describe the way in which light plays
with the appearance of mountains and desert alike. It is incredibly
beautiful. The river here is not wide, maybe a few hundred yards, but deep
and still awesome despite the efforts of five western states trying to
consume the water before it gets this far.
hills along the river are dotted with sage brush that appears a
ghostly tan, almost white in some
lights. At dusk they appear like cotton balls glued to a quilt for
decoration. I was thinking as I pulled into view of Lake Havasu in the
early dark that the effects of desert country are to magnify everything.
Mountains are bigger and more rugged, distances seem more formidable,
visibility is certainly greater, you can see incredible distances. Light
is exaggerated, so is color, ....and so is loneliness.