Still hanging out in Casa Grande

 November 15th marked 1 month we have been here at Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort and things are starting to pick up, more travelers are starting to roll in, more activities are starting up and the daytime temps have dropped down out of the darn 90’s and are now hovering in the low 80’s and even into the 70’s right where we like them to be.

  As things have started picking up around here we have altered our daily routine a little since our last update but pretty much it’s the same, I head to the airfield almost every morning and fly for about 2 hours then head home for a bite to eat and then Diane and I head to the gym. Diane goes about every other day and on the days she does not go I still do and work cardio (Diane hates the Elliptical type machines LOL!!).  After the gym we get a good walk in before showers and lunch.

Some of the guys at the airfield getting ready for a balloon popping contest.

Some of the guys at the airfield getting ready for a balloon popping contest.

A couple of guys doing a Dogfight. Normally there are about 5 in each contest but it was a little lacking this day.

A couple of guys doing a Dogfight. Normally there are about 5 in each contest but it was a little lacking this day.

 We have added a couple more activities however. Diane now goes to a Genealogy class every Tuesday night from 7PM to 9PM and while she is there I typically hit the gym for an hour and kick back by the pool or just stroll around until she is finished. She has only gone to a couple classes so far but has picked up some great tips and has started tracing her family tree and seems to really enjoy it.

One of 3 pools here in the resort

One of 3 pools here in the resort

One of 3 hot tubs here in the resort.

One of 3 hot tubs here in the resort.

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 We also took a lesson in Lawn Bowling and started playing Jitney’s (games) off and on. We took a lesson the last time we were here but it was at the very end of the season and we didn’t get to play any games so we pretty much forgot everything we were taught. It may not be something (I know it won’t) we play every day but something we will do a couple times a week to add some variety.

I took this while we were playing our first real games of Lawn Bowling. Diane is behind the two ladies you see on the right. You can just se here head as she is getting ready to roll her bowl.

I took this while we were playing our first real games of Lawn Bowling. Diane is behind the two ladies you see on the right. You can just se here head as she is getting ready to roll her bowl.

 The first time we saw people playing Lawn Bowling a couple years back they were all dressed up in white and seemed to be taking it pretty seriously so we figured it certainly would not be anything we would be interested in but it seems there was some sort of tournament going on and that “white attire” thing was all part of that. To play for fun there is no dress code other than flat souled shoes and we can live with that LOL!! Plus it’s a great chance to simply meet more people and do things as a group, something that is lacking in the life style we lead most of the year.

 Diane also took a golf lesson the other day. She has golfed off and on for many years but especially since we hit the road neither of us have golfed enough to keep any sort of respectable game in our bags so it’s frustrating when we do play, more for Diane than me it seems.

 Her first lesson was a private one at a driving range but she plans to do a group lesson next that will be out on the golf course and I’m hoping she meets some ladies that will get together and start going out to play a couple days a week because I know she really likes the game.

 While Diane was taking her lesson I separated myself from them at the range and hit a bucket of balls myself. I used to play in a men’s golf league every Saturday years back and usually went to the driving range 2 or 3 times a week to practice and wasn’t ashamed to play with pretty much anyone but boy has that changed. Who knows, if Diane starts getting into the game more again maybe we both will. If we don’t I think it will be time to leave the golf clubs we have been hauling around with us for the last 4 years at the storage unit in Oregon when we visit next and make room for toys we will use,,, hmmm, more planes or maybe RC cars!!! Or do I hear Diane saying that she wants to domineer that space LOL!!!

 And we took a 2 hour Pickle Ball lesson. Four years ago when we first hit the road we took a lesson in Indio California but nothing as organized and thorough as this one. We had so much fun at our lesson in Indio that we ended up playing all day and woke up so sore the next day that we couldn’t hardly move LOL!! Then we were only in that location for 1 week so by the time we got around to taking the lesson and then heal from it we had moved on down the road and hardly saw the game again as we headed to the east coast. And by the time we did run across a court again we found whatever excuses we could not to play it seemed, mainly because if we did run across a court and people playing were all too good for us newbies to jump in and feel comfortable.

That's our friend Steve working with Diane on her backhand. Steve has been playing Pickle ball for years and was one of the 4 coaches helping 15 of us that were taking the lesson.

That’s our friend Steve working with Diane on her backhand. Steve has been playing Pickle ball for years and was one of the 4 coaches helping 15 of us that were taking the lesson.

 This time we took the lesson and then went back that evening to dink the ball around but didn’t go so crazy. I guess we learned from our Indio experience. We did sign up for a mixed doubles “Round Robin” match that consists of 6 games with revolving partners with everyone at the beginner level and a 2.0 rating (the lowest you can be) so that should be fun and interesting. That will happen this coming Monday afternoon.   

 With Pickle Ball being such a huge thing here at this resort (they have 32 world class courts) they offer beginner lessons every week and it’s not hard to find others at your own skill level to play with. And most of the good players we have talked with seem more than happy to spend some time giving pointers if you are willing to take the time to learn the game.

 One of the downside’s to this life style, if you live it like we have and move around a lot, is not having some consistencies in your life. For example playing Pickle Ball or flying RC airplanes, or like going to a “convenient and well equipped” gym and many other things if you stop and think about it. What I mean is you find something you enjoy doing and depending on the locations you travel to and the campgrounds you stay at it could be months on end before you run across a place to play or practice “conveniently”. It’s one of the compromises we are willing to deal with however in order to live this way. But it’s also because of this we decided finding a place like Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort to park our butts at for 2 or 3 months a year is something we want to do.   

 On one day our friends & neighbors (Roger & Lynn) jumped in the truck with us and took a drive south to Tucson to visit our friends Dianne & Tom. In an update back in February I think we mentioned they bought a nice home on the outskirts of town and turned into “part-time rvers” after full-timing for 4 years. Diane & I had a chance to visit with them then and got a tour of the place but they have “made the place theirs” since then so we were anxious to see it and them again.

Lynn, Roger, Dianne, My Diane, Tom

Lynn, Roger, Dianne, My Diane, Tom

 It was only a 60 mile drive from our campground so it made for a nice day trip PLUS Dianne & Tom treated us to a fantastic feast for lunch. It seems every time we eat with them we are asking for recipes LOL!!

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 Dianne made comment that she is really enjoying cooking again in her new kitchen. Tom had better be careful or he just might gain a few pounds if she keeps that up LOL!!!

 Oh, did I mention that I got a new airplane? Yup, I sold my Apprentice to a fellow here that is getting into RC planes and I bought a QQ Extra 300 made by Precession Aircraft.

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 I don’t think I will be growing out of this plane for a while and am looking forward to learning new things with it, I hope it survives.

My new plane

My new plane

  We can sure tell you one thing, if a person gets bored in this park it’s not for a lack of things to do. In fact it is very easy to get involved with too many things and start finding it hard to squeeze everything in. I think we have bitten off as much as we can chew ourselves except Diane has talked about going over to the sewing room to see if they have any projects she may want to do.

 The first 5 weeks here have flown by and now that we have started even more activities I’m sure the remaining time here will be a blur and leave us wanting more and missing it when we leave mid-January. We wish there was a place like this someplace up north because we would probably make it a place to spend a couple months at during the summer. Three months here, three months travel, 3 months at another place like this up north at higher elevation during the hottest months, 3 months travel back down here and repeat, (taking different travel paths of course). We could see that working once we travel the north eastern part of the country that we have not seen yet.

 

We saw this cactus flowering during one of our evening walks.

We saw this cactus flowering during one of our evening walks.

  

We have enjoyed our say this time so much that we have actually talked about trying 4 months next year instead of 3 AND we have even talked about coming back here for maybe another month after spending a few week in Quartzsite when we leave here January 15th. That would put us back here in late February and early March which would still leave us about 5 or 6 weeks to make it back to Oregon by May 1st for doctor appointments and the other “real life” stuff that just gets in the way LOL, time will tell.

Just one of the fantastic sunrises we see so often here in Arizona.

Just one of the fantastic sunrises we see so often here in Arizona.

 I guess that’s it for now. In case we don’t do another update soon we wish everyone a

                HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!  

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2 Responses to Still hanging out in Casa Grande

  1. Jim and Barb says:

    Wow, you guys have been crazy busy! Quartzsite will be a much needed break for you, see you there!

  2. Dave & Diane says:

    A much needed break OR we will get restless real fast after being so active LOL!! Either way we are looking forward to seeing you guys again.

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