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London Jet Boat trip to Lake Havasu offers different perspective - Mohave Valley News
LAUGHLIN — Cruise the Colorado all the way to Lake Havasu for beautiful scenery, an entertaining ride and some international culture on the London Jet Boat.
Laughlin River Tours owners Trevor and Brea Chiodini offer the Jet Boat ride at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday, with pickups from the docks at the Edgewater Casino Resort and Harrah’s Laughlin.
The Chiodinis have owned London Bridge Jet Boat Tours for the past two years, but have offered several other cruises under Laughlin River Tours since 2014.
The couple are Bullhead City residents and their business is an influential driver for tourism in the Tri-state. Laughlin River Tours won the 2017 Tourism Community Achievement Award, and is a CAA finalist again this year for the Entrepreneur Award. It also was voted Best Tour Company in the 2017 and 2018 Mohave Daily News Best Of readers’ polls, among other area awards.
The tours are popular because of the high-quality experience guests receive.
Trevor Chiodini or Capt. Jamie Gustafson drives the boat, depending on the day. The captain shares a little history of the area along the way and makes it a fun trip for all, even inviting guests to the control panel to take in the boat and scenic views from the captain’s chair.
The jet boat cruises along at a cool 42 mph, but there are a few no-wake zones where the captain cuts the engine and the guests get to stretch their legs, walk about the boat and take pictures.
Passengers cruise through three different states — Arizona, Nevada, and California — during the ride. It is quite a different experience than driving along the highway, which makes it a fun trip for tourists as well as locals.
Topock Gorge is one of the most beautiful parts of the cruise. Volcanic rock formations line both sides of the 17-mile gorge, and the captain will draw attention to well-known formations, such as the “Dragon’s Eye,” along the way. Ancient Native American petroglyphs and wildlife also can be spotted on the trip.
Once the boat makes its way through the gorge, it soon arrives in Lake Havasu. The feature of the cruise, the London Bridge, is just ahead.
The story of the bridge that once made its home in London but traveled piece by piece to its current site in Lake Havasu is quite remarkable.
Developer Robert McCulloch purchased the bridge in 1968 and the first load of blocks arrived later that year. The project was completed in 1970 and dedicated in 1971. The captain fills in more of the history of the bridge’s journey as the boat docks.
Passengers enjoy a two-hour layover in Havasu for lunch or a walk across the bridge to explore the English Village and Visitor Center on the other side.
The Visitor Center is a great place to learn the full back-story of the bridge, with an informative video playing on repeat, and numerous photos, blueprints and trinkets on display. It also has a gift shop with shirts, postcards, jewelry and small pieces of granite from the bridge so visitors can take a piece of it home.
Outside the Visitor Center is a fountain with four lion statues that is reminiscent of those at Trafalgar Square in London. There also is an old red telephone booth, a bell that tolls at the top of the hour, like Big Ben within the Great Clock Tower in London, and the entrance gate is from Witley Court in Worcestershire, England. There is an assortment of shops that complete the English Village.
Back on the other side of the bridge, where the Jet Boat docks, is the Island Mall with a variety of shops, eateries and art galleries to browse through and kill some time.
The return trip is a relaxing sail after lunch. The captain saves a few tidbits of information about the gorge, petroglyphs and area flora and fauna to share for the ride back.
The cruise takes a total of six hours, with the boat returning to Laughlin by 4 p.m.
To make a reservation or for more...Source: www.mohavedailynews.com
Raffle fundraiser for 4th grade Hells Canyon jet boat tour field trip - Clearwater Tribune
We are excited to announce that our 4th grade classes have the chance to experience some first-hand Idaho history in the beautiful mountains of Hells Canyon on a guided jet boat tour; spring of 2019. Our students will have the opportunity to see the canyon’s prehistory, history, geology, flora and fauna. They will also see lots of different kinds of wildlife, old mining shafts and historical ranches along the way. Our goal is this will enrich each students Idaho history and their school year experience.Thanks for visiting clearwatertribune.com. You're entitled to view 5 free articles every 30 days. You will see 1 articles for free before being asked to register, and then you can view 4 additional articles by registering or logging in. Then, if you enjoy our site and want full access, we'll ask you to purchase an affordable subscription./TEMPLATE)--> Thanks for visiting clearwatertribune.com. You're entitled to view 5 free articles every 30 days, and you currently have (%remaining%) free articles remaining ((%remaining_reg%) before being asked to register and (%remaining_sub%) before being asked to subscribe). Then, if you enjoy our site and want full access, we'll ask you to purchase an affordable subscription./TEMPLATE)--> Thanks for visiting clearwatertribune.com. You're entitled to view 5 free articles every 30 days, and you currently have (%remaining%) free articles remaining ((%remaining_reg%) before being asked to register and (%remaining_sub%) before being asked to subscribe). Then, if you enjoy our site and want full access, we'll ask you to purchase an affordable subscription./TEMPLATE)--> Thanks for visiting clearwatertribune.com. You're entitled to view 5 free articles every 30 days, and you currently have (%remaining%) total free articles remaining ((%remaining_reg%) before being asked to register and (%remaining_sub%) before being asked to subscribe). Then, if you enjoy our site and want full access, we'll ask you to purchase an affordable subscription./TEMPLATE)--> Source: www.clearwatertribune.com
A guide to eagle viewing in Agassiz Harrison this month - Hope Standard
It’s one of nature’s most spectacular shows – a coordinated dance of faraway species that sees the ending of one life cycle feed the hungry mouths of another. And it happens right here, in the flats and waterways of the Fraser Valley.
People from across B.C. come to Sts’ailes traditional territory and the Harrison Mills area each year to witness thousands of bald eagles nesting, feeding, fighting and flying in local trees and gravel bars.
But before that come millions of salmon, returning from the Pacific and swimming up into the Harrison River, ready to spawn. Having completed nature’s final duty, the salmon die shortly after, creating an abundance of food for hungry eagles, many flying down from Alaska and Nothern Canada where the rivers have frozen.
If that miraculous, natural phenomenon isn’t enough to get you out in nature, then a number of events, nature walks and viewing opportunities should do the trick.
The Observer rounded up any and all opportunities for eagle viewing and learning this fall.
The 23rd annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival
For 23 years the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival (FVBEF) has lured bird-lovers and nature-enthusiasts out to Sasquatch Country to “celebrate the season of eagles and salmon” and this fall will be no different.
On Nov. 17-18, head to Tapadera Estates or the the Sandpiper Golf Resort for exceptional eagle views and nature talks.
Experts like Ross Davies, the lead program interpreter for the Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society, David Hancock, author, conservationist and general bald eagle expert and Aimee Mitchell, a biologist and at-risk species researcher will offer insight into different B.C. species and the challenges they face.
Don’t miss the Kilby Nature Walk either – participants will learn about the natural history of the Kilby area and how “industry and transportation shaped the story of Harrison Mills.”
Additionally, the Harrison Mills Community Hall will host an Exhibitor’s Fair on both days, with displays, videos, kids activities, artisans and gift sales.
With almost all events completely free, the only thing attendees need to bring is a warm coat and a pair of binoculars. Head to fraservalleybaldeaglefestival.ca for a full schedule of the weekend’s events.
Eagle Viewing Boat Tours
One way to get closer to the eagles? Get on the water. From the safety of a boat, viewers can watch eagles as they feed on spawning salmon from shore and congregate on gravel bars.
Fraser River Safari is the official jet boat tour of the FVBEF and offers a close-up view of the birds from a custom-designed, heated safari boat. Tours are interpreted by FVBEF president Jo-Anne Chadwick. Pre-booking is recommended. Check out fraservalleybaldeaglefestival.ca for times and costs.
Another option is Harrison Eco Tours , who offer heated boat tours year round and a leisurely float through the Harrison Mills area during eagle season. Shoreline Tours also offers a unique boat tour on the Harrison River during fall months, with tours running every day during October and November.
Other eagle viewing sites
Local-submitted recommendations came in on Facebook and included:
- Along Prest Road
- Chehalis Flats (from shore – traversing the Flats is detrimental to both eagles and salmon this time of year)
- Public access location on the Sandpiper Golf Course
- Harrison River RV Park and Campground welcomes eagle-viewers for the cost of a $5 day pass
- Eagle Point Community Park also welcomes eagle-viewers during the festival, Nov.17-18 only.