Day 6. Hoover Dam and Calico Ghost Town

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Sometimes plans don't work out the way they should. We found out the hard way this morning when we were about to head to Havasu falls. We get in touch with reservations and they tell us we need a permit no matter what to get into the Indian Reservation. They no longer allow day trip hikes which is 10 miles to the campgrounds and falls. She also told us they are booked for the next 2 weeks. Great! Now what do we do? This was our last stop and our plan failed. Plan b? We didn't have one. Note to self; always have a plan B to plan A. Fuck it I'm pretty floored by now so what does Donny do when he's mad? Eat! Donny hungry! We decide over breakfast that we are just going to wing it and start heading back home and stop if there is anything exciting to see. Looks like Hoover Damn is on the way. The Hoover Dam itself was a great piece of work. An incredible engineering feat for sure. Lake mead on one side that was split between two states then the road you could driver over and then the other side was the river and the view of the Pat Tillman bridge. We drove over the Pat Tillman memorial bridge which was pretty cool because I've always been a fan of what pat was about. I read a book about him and it was probably one of the best books I've read so far. If you are looking for a good recommendation for a book, check that one out. After the Hoover Dam there is not much to see. Desert, bushes, and mountains but we found a Ghost Town in Calico, California bustled up against the calico mountains. An old silver mining town that has been around since 1881. I've always been a fan of abandoned buildings and towns like this so this would be cool to check out. Once we pull up to the gate there was a sign for $8 entry fee. Why does everything have to cost money?! Luckily for us it was about to close so there was no one was collecting money. Woot woot! Everything is better when it's free! When I first walked up the town, it wasn't what I expected. It looked like the town was being renovated and they had actual stores, tours, and a real steam engine that still runs which they used back in the day to get into the mines. It was nifty to see the old blacksmith building and noticing all the tools they used back then. I sat in a bathtub from that Era that was in front of a house. The house which had a bed was no bigger than a modern-day walk in closet. Talk about a tiny home! This is worth checking out since it's right off the interstate 40. Note to self, do not stop at the express gas station in Newberry Springs. I am pretty positive someone died in the restrooms. Bugs flying around everywhere and the stench of urine and who knows what else is unbearable. I had to take a deep breath and dive in and do my duties. If I had to hold my breath underwater for over 20 seconds, I'd totally die! Anyways, I have to say I had a blast with the group of friends I road tripped with. We butted heads and had our differences but we all got along in the end. A few lessons learned but that comes along with road trip. All in all, great success! Murica!

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