Trip Start Dec 19, 2010
Trip End Apr 13, 2011

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Need I mention the word 'stiff'? Neither Don or I are moving quickly!  After a slow morning start we decided to drive down into Lake Havasu City.  We visited here briefly in 2008 but haven’t really explored the town beyond a tour of the London Bridge area.  However, once on the road we opted for lunch at the Golden Corral and passed on any walking tours!

Back at the coach, we settled in for the first night of fireworks.  At this point we have been joined by a dozen or more other 5ers (fifth wheel units) and motor homes.  Apparently, operating this camping area is a new adventure for the Friends of the Fair group.  Last year they had four paying units and about eight units of volunteers.  They have been around to ask us to spread the word about the facility for next year.  The stands at the rodeo ring, the BMX track, the speedway track, etc. are used by people arriving in cars and on Saturday, once the stands are full, the access road will be closed to all traffic until after the ‘big show’.  In this site, the money raised by the car entrance fee and the camp fees is used by the organization to provide programs for local children throughout the year.  During the rodeo, they bring in a petting zoo and other ‘events’ for the children attending with parents, all free of charge. 

The fireworks tonight were more regular and spectacular than last night, and promise that the Saturday show should not disappoint.  Tonight they started about five o’clock, before sunset, and continued until ten pm.  They use multiple shooting areas – a class B rocket area; a class C (consumer products) shooting area; and student shooting areas.  One area in the ‘dunes’ is allocated for manufacture.  Looking through the program for the convention, there is something for everyone – from beginner to expert.  Safety and licensing courses are offered throughout the conference but I imagine it is the presentations by fellow pyros and vendors that draw the big crowds.  Something for everyone – from beginner to expert, from hand held to computer and synchronized firing.  Reading the seminar and bio summaries is quite revealing "…share a special relationship when accident-prone pyro meets a Registered Nurse who loves to inflict pain…".  Many presenters became interested in pyrotechnics at quite an early age and became members of the fire service “of necessity”!  The bios are quite entertaining to read.

Tonight the show was against cloud cover and ended intermingled by the odd spot of rain which became a steady but gentle rain later in the night.  The moon has disappeared and the flairs on muffin top mountain are barely visible in the haze of cloud.
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