Time for an update – I don’t get to a computer and I seem to think of Twittering a message when I am driving and that’s not a good idea.
Like I said, there were lots of boats on the road. It seems that the Spring is time for the annual migration of boats from LA driveways to the wet recreation areas along the Colorado River. We spent the night at one of these -- Lake Havasu City. This town is on Lake Havasu (of course) and is just a little south of Needles. I know that town because it's always in the weather news as the hottest city in the country. Despite the summer heat, there are a lot of people living down here with subdivisions spreading across the desert and up the hillsides.
Driving around we notice little differences between the states. As I Twittered before, unlike in Oregon (where alcohol stronger than wine is only sold in state licensed liquor stores) California Costco's sell hard liquor -- think Costco sized bottles of vodka. Maximum road speeds vary by state (75 in AZ, 70 in CA) and one noticed coming from CA to AZ is gas prices -- CA is consistently over $4 per gallon while, just across the boarder in AZ, the prices are in the $3.60 to $3.80 range. It's not the state gas taxes -- I looked. Utah, which has gas taxes 1.5 times the CA gas tax still has $3.80 gas.
It was threatening rain at the dam and we watched lightening flicker in the skies overhead. Our drive from there north to Zion National Park was a wet one. It rained and rained and rained here in the desert so the hillsides are green with new growth.