You Scream. I Scream. We All Scream for Adult Ice Cream

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When it gets a little, uh, toasty in the city, we like eating someone cold. The colder the better. In fact, something minus 320 degrees F.

One of the more unusual taste treats in Lake Havasu City is the adult ice cream served up at a bar called Lotz on the Rocks at 2144 N. McCulloch Blvd.
Located inside the Schlotzsky’s restaurant is a lounge that offers an array of non-traditional, artistic, visually gratifying cocktails using liquid nitrogen, dry ice, and molecular mixology.

When we visited mixologist Shannon McPherson was serving up an ice cream mix with three ounces of alcohol, which was then flash frozen using liquid nitrogen. It’s $10, it’s delicious and one is plenty. The addition of other items, such as peanuts, caramel, chocolate, Snickers, S’mores, and Butterfingers take it over the top.

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Karaoke nights start at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

No telling when some budding Van Halen wannabe will be singing “Ice Cream Man.”

Read more about Lotz on the Rocks here:
http://www.golakehavasu.com/dining/details/206/lotz-on-the-rocks-at-schlotzskys/

Hangar 24 Opens at Lake Havasu Airport

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We can’t allow the Laughlin/Bullhead City Airport to steal all the publicity this month in this edition of the Splash. When it comes to things aeronautical, the Lake Havasu City Municipal Airport (HII) is no slouch, especially when it comes to beer. Welcome to Hangar 24.

Nothing less than a famed B-17G “Flying Fortress” Aluminum Overcast aircraft would suffice when the popular Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, based in Redlands, Calif., decided to plan a grand opening of its new facility at the Lake Havasu Airport. The vintage aircraft was completed just after WWII and was restored by veterans. More than just an airplane, the B-17 is living history that holds a remarkable connection to the past and is the most iconic image of World War II.
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery features a taproom and grill in 3,700-square-foot location that previously housed the Blue Barron Bistro. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide open views of the airport runway and of the lake to the south. Picnic table-style seating encourages patrons to meet their fellow beer lovers.

It is the first restaurant location for the award-winning brewery that produced approximately 39,000 barrels of beer in 2015. The barrel totals put Hangar 24 Craft Brewery among the top two percent of producers in the country. Offerings, like Orange Wheat, Betty IPA, Easy Glider IPA and Iconic IPA, among others, are currently distributed in three states: California, Arizona, and Nevada.

“We have loved our newest move to the city’s airport and working with the community to organize a salute to historic aircraft, an appreciation of aviation, and highlight our award-winning craft brews,” said Ben Cook, owner and master brewer of Hangar 24 Craft Brewery. Cook, a graduate of the UC Davis Master Brewers Program and amateur pilot, started Hangar 24 Craft Brewery in 2008.

We’ll certainly drink to that.

Learn more about the brewery at:
www.Hangar24brewery.com

For a list of all Lake Havasu restaurants, view:
http://www.golakehavasu.com/dining/

Best. Weekend. EVER.

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You can expect a blog from the Convention and Visitors Bureau to gush glowingly about the sights and attractions of Lake Havasu City. But when an independent reporter weighs in with his own personal favorites, well that should really pique your interest.

When travel writer Roger Naylor, author of Boots and Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers, considered how to best enjoy a weekend in Lake Havasu City, he only had so much room in his Arizona Republic story to report on his favorites.

Given only a weekend’s time, he suggests visitors go see the replica lighthouses, take an historic walking tour, walk the two-mile Shoreline Trail, eat at the Red Onion and visit the city’s breweries, rent a kayak, canoe or SUP board, enjoy various activities in Rotary Community Park, visit the Lake Havasu Museum, fish, take a Bluewater Jet Boat Topock Gorge Tour, and more.

Whew! Forget triathlons. We’re thinking Competitive Sightseeing could be the next great sport.

Read his story here:
http://www.azcentral.com/story/travel/arizona/road-trips/2017/02/16/best-weekend-ever-lake-havasu-city/97955604/

Saluting New Nonstop Service Between Phoenix and Laughlin/Bullhead

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Traveling to Lake Havasu City is now easier than ever thanks to new nonstop service from Phoenix directly to Laughlin/Bullhead City, just an hour drive from our shores. You’ll be surprised how they greeted the first flight when it arrived.

The 100 spectators at Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport went wild when the first American Airlines non-stop flight arrived from Phoenix last month. The 70-seat jet was greeted by a water cannon salute – giant sprays of water from fire trucks as it taxied to a stop. A cake and champagne celebration followed for the lucky first passengers, which is a whole lot better than a tiny bag of pretzels if you ask us.

“We have been waiting for nonstop service between Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport (IFP) and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) for a really long time and were beyond excited when it landed,” said Jeremy Keating, Airport Director.

Adds John Hastings, President of the Mohave County Airport Authority, “The arrival of American Airlines marks a new era of economic growth and enhanced quality of life for the region as a whole. Each year, more than three million people come from around the country to stay at the region’s resorts, enjoy the Colorado River, and hike through the mountains of the Mohave Desert. Now, the airport will be able to connect those visitors and local residents to the international air travel network more efficiently.”

There is one midday flight per day each way, connecting through PHX with 307 daily flights serving 81 destinations in four countries. IFP’s extra long 8,500-ft. runway means it’s easier to take off in hot weather, thus reducing delays.

“We take pride in being such a convenient small airport. You can pull up to the front door to pick someone up. We have four rental car companies inside the terminal adjacent to baggage claim, with rental cars a short walk away,” said Keating.

“What’s more, the fares are competitive compared to flying to Las Vegas and driving 2-1/2 hours to Lake Havasu, not counting the shuttle bus to the LAS McCarran Rent-A-Car Center.”

Of course airfares change, and it depends on when you go, but recently Keating looked up a fare for one woman from Lake Havasu who flies to Miami through Las Vegas. It showed she could drive to IFP, park for free, and fly to Miami through Phoenix for less.

“There have been a lot of stories like that.”

When we heard the news about the new service, they had us at “free parking.” Indeed, you can park at IFP for free for 30 days. Try to find that at the Las Vegas Airport and you’ll be out of luck.

To book tickets, log onto www.AA.com.

Learn more about the Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport at FlyIFP.com, which believe it or not, stands for International Fun Place. Truly. You learned it here first.

See video of the arrival ceremony here:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/FlyIFP/videos/?ref=page_internal

Lock in Your Love

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Paris has grown weary of the tradition of etching a loved one’s name on a padlock and affixing it to a bridge. At one point, over 700,000 locks were attached to the popular Ponts des Arts pedestrian bridge, prompting officials to ban the practice. No so in Lake Havasu. Here hundreds are locking in their love with padlocks and combination locks affixed to the city side of the London Bridge. Grab your Kwiksets, Masters, and Medecos and join the fun.

The Paris love lock tradition has become world famous. In fact, this month Hallmark Channel will present “Love Locks,” a romantic TV movie featuring Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell, who you may (or may not) recall played “Derrick Jones” in the carnivorous and somewhat forgettable “Piranha 3D” movie filmed in Lake Havasu.

Visitors to Lake Havasu are invited to demonstrate their love by affixing their own locks to the bridge. “It’s a new tradition for a young city like Lake Havasu,” says Cal Sheehy, general manager of London Bridge Resort, which is just a few steps from the locks. “The locks started appearing on the bridge railing about four years ago and is a great way for visitors to connect with the love lock tradition. It’s on the land portion of the bridge, so there’s no weight issue as there was in Paris. I think it’s fantastic,” says Sheehy.

Jan Kassies, director of the Lake Havasu Visitors Information Center, within the shadow of the bridge, mentions the locks during his 11 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday walking history tours ($10 pp, children under 12 free).

“People say there are ghosts on the bridge, but we have no proof. These locks are proof that two people came here to demonstrate their love for each other.”

“Some locks are permanent – they use keys that are thrown away. But we do see some reusable combination locks on the bridge. I call them ‘one night stand’ locks. Maybe that kind of love isn’t so permanent, but who cares? It makes a visit to Lake Havasu even more memorable.”

For more information about the walking tours, visit:

http://www.golakehavasu.com/activities/tours/london-bridge-historic-walking-tour.aspx

Off-Road Map Could Save Your Life

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If you love to go off-road in Lake Havasu, here’s one item you need as much as water. The Search & Rescue Off Road Map has been a labor of love for Captain-Staff Sergeant Rudy Jehle, a local business owner who has dedicated the past decades helping off-roaders enjoy the backcountry. He is the longest-serving member of SAR, serving in the unit since 1973.

Now in its sixth edition, the map benefits the Lake Havasu City Search & Rescue Sheriff’s Posse, Inc. – volunteers who dedicate their time 24 hours day and night.

Jehle, honorary captain of Mohave County SAR, has personally visited over 224 GPS waypoints in the county to ensure the accuracy of the map, often in his own 2006 800 Can-Am ATV or restored 1977 Chevrolet K5 Blazer.

The map, which also includes a small section of San Bernadino County, provides helpful tips on surviving your next trip to the desert. In trouble? “Raise the hood. This is a universal distress signal,” Jehle writes.

Another factoid: “Drink if you are thirsty. Your body is a canteen and will store water. Avoid eating if possible. The digestion process uses valuable water and can cause dehydration. You can survive for several days without eating but only a few days without water.”

You can buy a copy around town for a $2 donation. Look for the map boxes at participating retailers. Or buy one at the Lake Havasu Visitors Information Center.

Learn more about off-roading in Lake Havasu at:
http://www.golakehavasu.com/activities/off-road.aspx

Time for Something Really Special

This is the time of year when Lake Havasu City literally has something going on every weekend. You like fireworks, but don’t want to wait until July 4th? You say you’re a fan of bluegrass? Love to go off-road? We’ve got you covered. February and March are some of the busiest months of the year. Fasten your seatbelts and place those tray tables in a full upright position.

• Vintage Trailer Campout, Feb. 2 to 5, 2017

In 1954 Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz made a hit movie during the run of the TV classic “I Love Lucy” called “The Long, Long Trailer.” Best scene was when Lucy was trying to cook dinner while Desi was driving a long mountain road. You might just see a similar trailer during the Vintage Trailer Campout.

Learn more at: www.golakehavasu.com

• Enjoy the Best at Winterfest, Feb. 11 to 12, 2017

The 2017 32nd Annual Winterfest is an official event of the Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce attracting over 30,000 attendees over the weekend. There are demonstrations, entertainment, children’s events, and lots of friendly folks along with more than 200 vendors from around the U.S.. Come enjoy informative displays of new products and services in more than 400 booths. Shop, browse, relax, and enjoy Lake Havasu City’s unique culture. It’s all happening on Upper McCulloch Blvd. There’s easy access to free parking along Swanson and Mesquite Avenues.

For more information: http://www.golakehavasu.com
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• Strike Up the Band: The Commanders Jazz Ensemble Performs Feb. 15, 2017

The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West is the only active duty Air Force band west of the Rockies. Comprised of about 60 talented and versatile Airmen-musicians stationed in the San Francisco Bay area at Travis Air Force Base, the Commanders Jazz Ensemble performs for civilian communities throughout the west.

Hear this energetic group of highly trained professional musicians, formed from 18 Airmen, as they deliver the full gamut of jazz music – traditional jazz, cool, bop, swing, Broadway favorites, and patriotic music. A typical evening with The Commanders includes favorites from Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Count Basie, and Dizzy Gillespie. They will appear on Wed., Feb. 15, 2017 at The Aquatic Center on 100 Park Ave.

Learn more at: www.bandofthegoldenwest.af.mil and www.golakehavasu.com
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• Boom, Boom, Boom: 28th Annual Western Winter Blast Pyrotechnics Show, Feb. 16 to 19, 2017

Close your eyes and you’ll think it’s the Fourth of July in Lake Havasu – just not as hot. Actually, Feb. 16 to 17 is when the fireworks industry comes to the city to test their latest and greatest pyrotechnic displays, an event held in Lake Havasu City since 1990. Visitors arrive from around the globe to ooh and ahhh. Our lakeside haven is heaven for pyro enthusiasts as they celebrate the theme for 2017: Paint the Sky.

Fireworks start 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. nightly (except Sunday, ending at 10 p.m.). Best viewing is the sky above SARA Park. There will also be a Beer Garden at the Rodeo Grounds as part of fund-raising efforts on behalf of local children.

Learn more at: www.golakehavasu.com
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• Be a Cool Cat at the 9th Annual Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion, Feb. 17 to 19, 2017

Ever wonder how terms like daddy-o, hep, knuckle sandwich and kookie made it into American slang? It all dates back to the 1950s rockabilly era, one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music. Don’t be a drag …. no one likes a wet rag. Come celebrate your coolness by attending the 9th Annual Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion, Feb. 17 to 19, 2017.

See the huge Car & Motorcycle Show with over 800 cars and motorcycles on display, the Vendor Village, the largest Vintage Pin Up Pageant West of the Mississippi (including our favorite, the Little Greaser Award), and 30 live bands in three days. The event will be located at Lake Havasu State Park, Lot 4 (Windsor 4)

Learn more at:
www.golakehavasu.com
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• Put a Little Bluegrass Into Your Life at the 15th Annual Lake Havasu Bluegrass on the Beach, March 3 to 5, 2017

Life is truly good with bluegrass music. The three-day Lake Havasu “Bluegrass on the Beach” Music Festival, returning for the 15th year, continues to be recognized throughout the bluegrass community as a top notch, well-run event and a “don’t miss” festival in the southwest.

Featured bands include:
Larry Stephenson Band, Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, The Bluegrass Brothers, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Marty Warburton & Home Girls, Bluegrass ETC, Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa, The Boxcars, The Kevin Prater Band, and Old Blue Band.

Another crowd favorite is The U.S. Navy Bluegrass Band, stationed at the Naval Shipyard in Washington, D.C. This will be the band’s first appearance in the southwest since performing at the 2012 Lake Havasu Bluegrass on the Beach Festival. They will be performing Friday, March 3 (3:35 pm ~ 4:35 pm) and Saturday, March 4 (5:10 p.m. ~ 6:30 p.m.). In addition, selected band members will conduct band workshops both Friday (12:35 p.m.) and Saturday (1:30 p.m.).

Insiders tell us the band’s professionalism, high energy, great music and superb musicianship is unlike any other. It is not uncommon for the band to receive two to three encores.

There are jam sessions on and off stage, so don’t be shy about bringing your favorite instrument and joining in. Events include workshops, arts and crafts, great food and beer, and more. For your shopping pleasure, there will be an assortment of craft, music, arts, jewelry and T-shirt vendors.

For more details, view:

www.golakehavasu.com
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• Watch the Daring Young Men and Woman on the Flying Trapeze at the Hobie-McCulloch Cup, Mar. 10 to 12, 2017

You think powerboat racing is exciting? Try flying a trapeze on a Hobie Cat going 20 mph or more. Only this is no circus trapeze; it’s a thin steel cable that sailors use to hang out over the upwind hull, sometimes just a few feet off the water.

The Hobie Cat is a small sailing catamaran manufactured by the Hobie Cat Company. On Mar. 10 to 12, 2017, they’ll be flying lots of traps when the Hobie-McCulloch Cup comes to the lake. This event is open to all multihull catamaran sailors, however only current members of HCANA (Hobie Class Association of North America) are eligible to race in the regatta. Membership applications are available at the event.

Competitors travel here from across the Western U.S. for the event, which is the first of the 2017 Hobie Division 2 Regatta schedule. Races will take place in the waters north of the island, from Windsor Beach, Lot 4. Spectators are welcome to watch from the water or the beach as the beautiful multi-colored sails race on the blue waters of Lake Havasu.

Learn more here:

www.golakehavasu.com
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• Find Hidden Treasure at the 11th Annual Geocache Desert Bash, Mar. 11, 2017

Well, just like we all thought, Pokemon Go has come and, well, gone. But geocaching lives on, especially in Lake Havasu City.

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Mar. 11 is the 11th Annual Geo-cache Desert Bash treasure hunt with music, cactus walk, presentations and food in Cattail Cove State Park, 15 miles south of the city. This year there will be over 20 geocache sites to locate along various trails and the Lake Havasu shoreline; there are even a few geocache sites dedicated to the wheelchair-bound.

Participants enter coordinates into their units and attempt to find a hidden container filled with small trinkets. Individuals are placed in a group based on their experience level, and follow an assigned leader. Beginners are welcome as there are numerous volunteers with GPS experience to help them. Each participant signs their name and date on a small logbook inside the geocache and returns the geocache book to its original position.

Following the treasure hunt, prizes will be raffled and a grand prize of a Garmin GPS unit will be given away at noon. Geocache Desert Bash runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

www.golakehavasu.com
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• Hear Them Roar at the World Off-Road Championship Series: ATV/SXS Weekends, Mar. 17 to 19, 24 to 26, 2017

The WORCS series (www.worcsracing.com) returns to Lake Havasu City for two weekends of speed, skill, and flying gobs of dirt. WORCS was established in 2001 to identify the best amateur and professional off-road riders in the U.S., on both motorcycles and ATVs. These riders converge at Crazy Horse Campgrounds for some high-speed, mud-slinging action.

The first weekend (Mar. 17 to 19) features ATV & SXS; on Mar. 24 to 26, motorcycles will come roaring in. There will be a special UTV Expo for those in the market to do a little off-roading in their own side-by-side vehicle. Entrance to the Expo is included in the price of admission.

Learn more here:
www.golakehavasu.com
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Rubba Ducky, You’re The One – Win a Free Trip

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Dallas Finch, Owner of the Rubba Duckys

This is so cute, we can’t even stand it. You and your friends or loved ones are invited on a Rubba Duck Safari to visit some of the lake’s most scenic attractions. Drive yourself in a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) as you follow a guide – the Mother Duck – who provides fascinating details about the lake. Now here’s the best part: come up with a boat name and win a free trip for four.

Captain your own center console Rubba Duck watercraft on a fun-filled, interactive, guided tour. This marine adventure is lead by an experienced guide who will take you for 2-1/2 hours through the famous Bridgewater Channel and out to the scenic open waters of Lake Havasu, including Pilot Rock and Balancing Rock. Explore secluded and hidden coves and be amazed by the beauty of Copper Canyon, searching for wildlife along the shoreline.

There are seven 3- to 4-passenger boats and one lead duck in the parade, with names like Moby Duck, Duck Tape, and Quacker Jack. Take a swim along the way; non-alcoholic beverages are included.

Now for the Fun Part: Name That Duck

Pick a new name for the newest boat in the fleet, and you could win a Rubba Duck Safari for four people. Just enter your suggestion onto www.facebook.com/lakehavasucityarizona/ by January 30, 2017. Head Mallard Dallas Finch will pick the winning name and notify the winner. No purchase is necessary.

All tours leave from 402 English Village. Rates are $69 per person (two passenger minimum), single manned craft $119 per person, including gas and 20 minutes of Rubba Duck boat driver education.

Compared to this, other lake tours aren’t what they’re quacked up to be.

For more information, contact Rubba Duck Safari at 928 208 0293 or view:

http://www.golakehavasu.com/activities/tours/rubba-duck-safari.aspx

GraceArts Live Brings Broadway to Lake Havasu City

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Grace Ann Etcheberria-Jacobs

Lake Havasu’s live theater, GraceArts Live, has its very own ghost light. It’s a stage light that some believe is akin to the eerie supernatural happenings associated with the London Bridge. It’s a Broadway tradition kept alive right on McCulloch Blvd.

A tradition almost as old as Broadway is the ghost light, an electric light that is left energized on the stage of a theater when the theater is unoccupied and would otherwise be completely dark. A popular theatrical superstition holds that every theater has a ghost, and some theaters have traditions to appease ghosts that reach far back into their history.

It’s just one way GraceArts Live, main street’s performing arts theatre, is keeping Broadway alive for thousands of visitors seeking top level entertainment 2,500 miles from the Great White Way.

Founder Grace Ann Etcheberria-Jacobs established GraceArts Live in a movie theater that was renovated in 2007 with 220 seats. Today she produces 15 shows a year, including some Broadway classics, and performances just for children – all staffed by volunteers. A trained actor herself since the age of 13, a drama teacher, and a graduate of USIU-San Diego-School of Visual & Performing Arts, Grace has been known to tread the boards herself, as she did recently playing Momma in Gypsy. Two of her star drama students were Vanessa Hudgens, who recently played the lead in a live broadcast of Grease, and American singer, songwriter and stage actor Adam Lambert.

Coming in February is Kiss Me, Kate, a musical written by Samuel and Bella Spewack with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story involves the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on- and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show’s director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. It ran for more than 1,000 performances on Broadway and in 1949 won the first Tony Award presented for Best Musical.

GraceArts Live is located at 2146 McCulloch Boulevard, right beside Schlotzkys Deli. In fact, sometimes you’ll see actors hanging out there waiting for their cues. Don’t worry. They’re real. Or at least we think they are.

Learn more at www.graceartslive.com, or call 928-505-2787. Tickets range from $12 to $25.

Arctic Canadian Pops the Question While Thawing Out on the London Bridge

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It’s a long way from Baker Lake in the Canadian territory of Nunavut to Lake Havasu City. In fact, 2,200 miles and four separate airplane stops. The reason Canadian William Bozman chose to travel so far to propose marriage may surprise you.

William, 35, and his girlfriend Beth Cowie, 30, of Baker Lake, live in one of the most remote Inuit communities in Northern Canada, a mining town with a population of just about 1,900. Even most Canadians haven’t heard of it. While Baker Lake doesn’t receive much snow by Arctic standards, only about 50 inches a year, the average temperature in November alone is a frigid minus 10 degree F., the recommended setting for most household freezers.

Beth is a registered nurse at a local clinic; William is a personal investor and day trader. One day while searching the web for their ideal future home, after entering “warm temperatures + lake + sunny + friendly people,” the results pointed to Lake Havasu City.

It was minus 4 degrees F. at home, 99 degrees F. in Lake Havasu, when totally on a whim, they flew four stops to Las Vegas, rented a car, and chilled out during a typical Lake Havasu vacation. They rented a boat and cruised to Topock Gorge, hung out at a beach on the Bridgewater Channel, went to fun restaurants, visited SARA Park, and hung out at a pool.

With a wedding scheduled for September 2018, both are planning for the day they will be leaving Baker Lake for a milder climate. Much milder.

By the way, Beth said “yes” when William sprang forth with a shiny bauble for her ring finger. “I was totally surprised when he popped the question. Everybody knew in advance and managed to keep it a surprise. I was very pleased.”

William chose the bridge because they’re both of British ancestry and wanted to make it a memorable occasion.

“Oh my gosh, it was so hard going back,” Beth tells us when the time came to return north. “The people we met were very, very nice. We didn’t feel like outsiders at all.”

We suspect the city will give them a warm welcome when they return in April to check out the local real estate market and make plans to possibly make the city their new home.