started September where we left off in August...traveling west in the west....across
the western Colorado desert and into Utah on I-70. The landscape
changed from red rock in Utah to the gray-brown desert of Nevada as we
headed to Las Vegas to rendezvous with friends. We arrived September
2 at the Las Vegas Thousand Trails Preserve. On September 3 Kathy
and Dennie Dew flew in from Toledo and we enjoyed spending several days
with them doing the usual Las Vegas things. We were then on our own
for a few days while they drove to San Diego to visit their son but got
together once again when they returned. Sadly, our mutual friends
Bonnie and Don Wolfe, who live in Las Vegas were detained in California
with health problems and then motor home problems and did not arrive in
Las Vegas before the rest of us were on our way once again. We missed
getting together with them!
September 11 we left Las Vegas and headed to Arizona. It was a beautiful
sunny day and we had decided that we could make the drive from Las Vegas
to Casa Grande in one day, arriving just before dark. As we got closer
and closer to the north side of Phoenix we realized we were heading straight
into one of Arizona's infamous "haboobs." It was interesting being
far enough away to watch the large yellowish-brown cloud bank move across
the horizon ahead of us. Nearing the suburb of Surprise, AZ, we finally
were hit with the winds which threw the coach to the edge of our lane on
the highway. At that point we pulled into a shopping center parking
lot and waited several hours while the winds and sand whipped all around
us and rocked the coach back and forth. Finally, we decided things
had calmed down enough for us to continue. We don't like to drive
after dark, but also didn't want to spend the night in that particular
spot. It was about a 90 minute drive down I-10 to Palm Creek in Casa
Grande where we gladly parked in the "pull-through" sites for the night.
On Friday we parked in our winter spot and listened to the national news
reports about the previous night's storm that was 60 miles wide and had
winds of over 60 mph. Parts of Phoenix were without power for several
days, but there had been no rain!
in a new site at Palm Creek this year - and have become "property owners"
with a small "shed" that can house our golf clubs, tools, lawn chairs,
bikes and other miscellaneous items. It's still pretty quiet in the
park, but each day a few more rigs arrive. There is no charge to
play the golf course inside the park, although by the end of the month
they had closed the "front 9" for overseeding. Tom and one of his
golfing buddies have driven to Phoenix several times to play a course there
that has been running a $25 special rather than their normal $149.
They really liked the course! We have also played quite a bit of
tennis with a small group of dedicated players. Of course, since
the daily temperature is around 100* and nights go down to 70*, we get
in most of our tennis and golf before 9 am. The park has had a few
social activities through the summer and we arrived in time to participate
in a few of them...some poker games, a movie night, a salad potluck dinner.
Mary has also started working a few shifts as a volunteer in the activities
office. A few new businesses have opened in town and at the mall
that opened last year so we have made the rounds investigating new shopping
and dining opportunities. We've started making the rounds of doctor
appointments and checkups. Slowly, but surely, we're getting organized
for the winter ahead. The former residents of our site, Arne Hawkins
and Judy Grove, stopped by for a visit one afternoon and we enjoyed catching
up on their adventures since we saw them in Colorado last month and hearing
about their new house in Florence, AZ.
looking forward to seeing our neighborhood group as well as getting into
our usual activities. We've heard from a few of the others
- they'll be starting
to arrive shortly, and the "season" will begin.