Shortly after his arrival we drove to Oatman, Arizona. Oatman is an old mining town between Kingman and Needles, California. It is on old Route 66 and seems to be somewhat of a destination. Today Oatman is just chock full of tourist shops selling all the requisite , touristy items for any place along Route 66 in the West. It is also the site of the Oatman Hotel where Clark Gable and Carole Lombard stayed on their wedding night after getting married in Kingman. Supposedly, their ghosts haunt the old hotel. Another attraction of Oatman are the not-so-wild burros that roam thru the town getting fed by tourists who purchase some sort of food available in most of the shops in town. Mostly the burros are a pain in the butt while trying to drive through Oatman. Jim mentioned several times he liked to eat at taco shops so on the way home, we stopped at one in Kingman before heading back to Vock Canyon.
Diamond Creek Road at the Colorado River
The next day we drove east on Route 66 out of Kingman headed for the Hualapai Indian Reservation and Diamond Creek Road in Peach Springs, the only road in the Grand Canyon on which you can drive down to the Colorado River. It is about 20 miles in length. As were were driving down the road, we played pass with two young women from France who were attempting the drive in a rental Honda sedan. Once while they were passing us, I told them they might have some problems on the last half-mile or so with their car. I offered to give them a ride down in the back of my truck, but they declined and shortly after, returned to Peach Springs.
Toward the end of the drive, Diamond Creek intersects the road. There was much more water in the creek that I had seen before but my truck made it through OK. It was not necessary but I dropped her (my truck) down into 4-wheel drive because that is what men do when they get on a dirt road. Upon reaching the river area, we parked the truck in the camping area and walked the short distance to the river - it is possible to drive right down to the sandy beach on the shoreline. Jim then took off his tennis shoes and walked in the shallows of the river. He said it was cold and it is.
Me, Martha and my nephew, Jim.
Soon we retired to one of the covered picnic tables for some shade. It was not long before a white pickup pulled up with a couple from back east who had heard about Diamond Creek Road from one of their friends. They soon joined us at the picnic table. Their names were Fred and Martha, a retired couple who were spending several weeks exploring the American Southwest. We sat and talked for awhile about where they had been and where they were going next. Fred shared a bag of Sun Chips (one of my favorites) with Jim and me. Fred and Martha are a very friendly and interesting couple.
Later, it became time for Jim and I to leave so we headed back up the road. I had my camera and Jim had his iPhone. We took pictures on our way down but it was not until our way up that Jim showed me the panoramic feature on his iPhone. He captured some pretty cool panos with it but alas, I don't have an iPhone.
For supper I prepared a home-cooked meal for Jim, but I have forgotten what it was. He left early the next morning for Vegas and the flight back home. We decided to make his visits to Vock Canyon a yearly occurrence whenever he visits Vegas for a pool tournament.