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Havasu Landing: Camping on the quiet side of Lake Havasu

Havasu Landing: Camping on the quiet side of Lake Havasu

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Yowsa! It’s been over a year since I blogged. We’re still on the road, still living full-time in a tiny home on wheels. We traded in our motorhome for a travel trailer, and we’ve been working like crazy.

Rather than trying to catch up chronologically, I figured I’d start a little more recently. Just over a week ago, we were at Havasu Landing, on the California side of Lake Havasu. We were looking for peace and quiet and a place where we could easily get some kayaking in. Havasu Landing fit the bill perfectly! Mike discovered it, checked it out while I was in Mexico (more on that later), and we moved there after I got back to the U.S.

Havasu Landing is dirt cheap. Well, not as cheap as boondocking, but cheap for full hookups. We stayed a month, and it was only $299. Our electric came out to $80. We had a nice shady spot (highly recommend 610!), which helped keep our electric expenditure down. We were thoughtful about using our A/C, and of course, the overall temps were cooler during our stay in mid-February to mid-March.

Our spot backed up to a boat launch area where you could park your vehicle or water craft. It’s a wide, sandy stretch, plenty of room for Mike to make me a pair of hearts with the truck!

We kayaked several times and loved it. You can easily paddle from the campground to the casino, where the restaurant is. Tip: Try the fish and chips. It’s outstanding! There’s a marina next to the casino, and a ferry that goes to Lake Havasu in Arizona multiple times a day. It’s free departing from Havasu Landing and $2 to return from Lake Havasu. Once you dock, it’s an easy walk to CVS or Safeway.

At night, burros roam the park, and the air is filled with their brays. There are also coyotes nearby, so watch your dogs.

Another tip: You can reserve a spot here for several months – without having to pay in full or even leave a deposit.

We’re going to back in mid-January next year  and will be staying a couple of months. Can’t wait!

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Videocast: Fun in and near Cedar Key

Videocast: Fun in and near Cedar Key

Episode three is out! There’s so much cool stuff to do in and around Cedar Key. We’ve shared a few of those things, like kayaking, snorkeling with manatees, the tiki bar. We hope you enjoy it, and please share any other fun things to do that we might have missed.

Kayaking on the Gulf Coast

Kayaking on the Gulf Coast

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We only stayed in Cedar Key, Florida, for a week, but we packed it full of fun stuff. One of our favorite things was kayaking out to Atsena Otie (which means cedar island in a tribal language). Mike and I shared a kayak and accompanied guide Mandy Davis and three of her friends on an awesome daylong adventure.

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Mandy is an accomplished, seasoned naturalist and guide who’s recently set up shop in Cedar Key. She runs Hidden Coast Outdoors, and the Atsena Otie adventure is one of many tours she offers. Not only did Mandy show us how to kayak, but she also educated us on the history of Cedar Key. We learned that the city of Cedar Key was located on Atsena Otie Island. Cedar Key was an important port. Two mills on the island produced ‘cedar’ slats for shipment to northern pencil factories. Economic decline began when Henry Plant’s railroad to Tampa began service in 1886, and a devastating Atlantic hurricane in 1896 was the final blow.

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We made the short hike to the now-closed pier and the cemetery. Mandy brought along paper and crayons so we could take headstone rubbings. I chose a grave marker with my name (except with a Z instead of an S). What a unique souvenir! We then kayaked further east for lunch. Mandy prepared a homemade, gourmet Mexican meal for us, and we ate on the beach near eaglets and other water birds.

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It was a glorious experience, so much fun and a wonderful workout.  $90 (per person) VERY well spent!!