2002-06-01 - 11:34 p.m.
OK....tonight, I am finishing the story of our travels! I think I left you hanging as we arrived in Laughlin, Nevada.
Well, I have nothing good to say about Lauglin. But, perhaps we just happened to get there at a bad time, because other people have told me they love Laughlin. Our experience, however, was quite lacking. The place was over run with obnoxious teenagers trying to get drunk and smoke as many cigarettes as possible...all the while trying to buy drinks and cigarettes for their underage companions. Thus making all the bartenders and waitstaff as cranky as can be....since they had to keep checking ID's and dealing with obnoxious teenagers on a party binge!! And we got terribly cranky too....having to deal not only with the drunken teenagers, but also the cranky bartenders and waitstaff...thus making it quite difficult for us to get a drink, which we needed even more...given the circumstances! And on top of that, the heat was unbearable....like a blast furnace the minute you went outside...hovering around 100 degrees fahrenheit for most of the day. So basically we did not like Laughlin.
OK....I'll stop complaining. When we finally got out of Lauglin, we drove for only a short time before getting caught in a mega traffic jam....it took well over two hours to go only 20 miles. But I am still not complaining, because when we finally came to the end of it, we were able to pull off at a little cafe on Route 66 (in Ludlow,CA). It was just a simple little place, but with really good "home cooking". And this was just the stop we needed to inspire us to drive the rest of the way on 66 instead of the main highway.
After that we drove along Route 66, enjoying all the scenic broken down, abandoned buildings....always keeping an eye out for some fabulous watering hole. But there are suprisingly few bars along Route 66. That is...until we ran across the Iron Hog ....and slammed on the brakes!!! Now this is a place you must stop!! They had a full bar, so I asked for a martini (which is basically just gin....a really common drink every bartender should know)....but the bartender was a real character.... when I asked for a martini, he said with a drawl, "you mean you want a beer!!" But he turned out to have a fabulous sense of humor....pretending that he didn't know how to make a martini....and referring to us as city people....until it was revealed that he had actually lived in Santa Monica, California for 13 years (which is very close to where we live now!)
Anyway.....by the time we got done drinking there...and had made it through all the holiday traffic jams...we were getting very tired of driving. We had heard of The Wigwam Motel, in San Bernardino, but hadn't planned on staying there, since it's only about an hour or so from where we live. But when we saw it....we knew we had to stay. We loved it....and at $45 a night, it was truely worth it! Then the next day we were "home sweet home!!!!"
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