Golf is Mental Hits The Road #4 – Zion, Vegas, and Lake Havasu

After finally out-running the snow and finding some green grass, the feeling of being on vacation really set in.

We had a great night in St. George, Utah on Monday night. The town itself was more bustling than I expected. We found a cool upscale pub on Main Street (George’s) with great food and live music. We could have easily spent a week there with their ten golf courses, beautiful red mountains for hiking and biking, and Zion National Park less than an hour away.

We utilized Tuesday morning to check out Zion National Park. It is absolutely a must see, pictures do not do it justice.

IMG_3711.JPGIMG_3714.JPGAfter trekking through Zion for the day, we got back on the road and made the two hour drive down into Vegas. We stayed at The Mirage and really enjoyed it, particularly its central location along The Strip to optimize the potential for getting into trouble. It’s tough to tell in the photo, but Beth’s sweater is inside-out. Classic Vegas morning.

IMG_3724.JPGIf you’re wondering about the details of what we got up to in Vegas, you should know better. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!

After three nights in Vegas we managed to piece ourselves back together and make the 2.5 hour drive down to my Mom’s place in Lake Havasu City, Arizona by Friday night. We made a quick pit stop along the way at the Hoover Dam which was quite impressive!

IMG_3738.JPGWe’ve had a great couple of nights here in Lake Havasu so far, and will be spending some more time here in mid-late January. Home cooking and chilling in the hot tub has been a great way to bounce back from Vegas!

IMG_3776.JPGLake Havasu City is a neat little place. As it name suggests, it has a large lake called Lake Havasu which was formed by the damming of the Colorado River near Parker, Arizona.

Between Lake Havasu City and Parker are a plethora of little resorts along the river with several beaches and pubs, some of them which float right on the river and people can dock their boats right next to them.

We spent our first afternoon bar hopping along the river.

IMG_3760.JPGIMG_3755.JPGToday was another exciting day as we got our first tee in the ground! Right across the street from the Thirsty Pirate Pub is a nice little gem called Emerald Canyon Golf Course.

For a green fee of $45 each with a cart, we were quite tickled with the experience. The course was in great shape and had a lot of fun holes.

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IMG_3772.JPGOur games were obviously a little rusty after a couple of months off, but we were pretty happy with how many great shots we hit, and even chalked up some birdies.

Next stop is Palm Desert to Beth’s parents place over Christmas, and a lot more golfing!

Happy holidays!

Josh

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