since I was on the other side of the Colorado River in Bullhead city today I took this picture of the casinos from the Arizona side.
It was a beautiful day today so I got out and went to the grocery store. I stopped at a Safeway since it was about 3 miles closer than the local Walmart. I like to do that every once in a while just to experience the shock of what normal grocery stores charge for their groceries.
I did find two items that I haven’t been able to find at Walmart in a long time so I stocked up on those. Safeway also had the soup that I like which is Campbell’s “Home Style”, and Campbell’s “Chunky” on sale for $0.99 a can which is about half of what I pay for them at Walmart so I bought a bunch of those also. Other than that everything else I bought was very expensive compared to Walmart.
Living in the casino parking lot like I do which has lots of palm trees and shrubbery you tend to forget that this place is out in the middle of the desert, and not just any desert, but the most God awful lifeless place I’ve ever seen, about the only things that are green around here are growing next to the Colorado river, pretty much everything else is brown.
The Riverside casino that I’m staying at is a landmark in Laughlin because it was built and is still owned by Don Laughlin the gentleman that founded this town. And looking around me it’s hard to believe that his first casino here had two table games and 12 slot machines, but with a lot of work and plowing the money he made back into the business he now owns this beautiful property.
I can’t even imagine how desolate this area must of been when he first got here. I would think every one he knew thought he had lost his mind, but I guess he could see something that most people can’t see but which I’ve found to be a common trait for most successful entrepreneurs, he could see the future.
The difference In the land next to the river and away from the river couldn't be more striking. It's hard to get more desolate than this part of Arizona and Nevada.
Harrah's casino rises from the Desolate desert dunes like a medieval fortress...... it looks More inviting inside.
Just about anything grows near the river but the farther from the river you get the more forbidding the landscape becomes. If you can see that little white line in the middle left, that will be the road I leave on when it comes time to head further South.