Summing up another stay in Casa Grande. Time to hit the road again

I guess it’s time to sum up our stay at Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort,,,,,,, again LOL!!! Obviously we say again because of our previous stay / stay’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In our last update we mentioned that Palm Creek ran a special so we came back for 1 month however in the middle of our stay they ran another 40% off deal for extensions so we took advantage of it and lengthened our stay another week making it 5 weeks, heck we had no place to be anyway plus the weather up north was pathetic and we were having a good time.

Of course we had to stop off and play a little bean bag golf about every time we rode or walked by.

Of course we had to stop off and play a little bean bag golf about every time we rode or walked by.

If you have read our other update about our stay here it will be of no surprise if we tell you our days since our last update have been filled with flying at the airfield and Pickleball so we won’t bore you with that LOL!!

An average morning around the airfield.

An average morning around the airfield.

Slow sticks lined up getting ready for combat.

Slow sticks lined up getting ready for combat.

Jerry and his Night Vision Air. It looks really cool in the sky at night.

Jerry and his Night Vision Air. It looks really cool in the sky at night.

Converted dog carriers area a common site at the airfield. And of course bikes are a preferred for of transportation around the park

Converted dog carriers area a common site at the airfield. And of course bikes are a preferred for of transportation around the park.

People will fly about anything!!

People will fly about anything!!

Combat

Combat

Ed (sitting in the chair) is flying Ron's racing drone for the first time to test out flying with FPV goggles. I flew it the other day and found it very challenging.

Ed (sitting in the chair) is flying Ron’s racing drone for the first time to test out flying with FPV goggles. I flew it the other day and found it very challenging.

A new drone race track has been installed at the Casa Grande city airfield and I think Ron feels if he lets as many people fly his they just might get hooked and come back with there own next season. I can see it happening.

A new drone race track has been installed at the Casa Grande city airfield and I think Ron feels if he lets as many people fly his they just might get hooked and come back with there own next season. I can see it happening.

We also spent a little time watching a dog agility show here at the park which is always good for a chuckle.


We went to a RC Airshow at the Casa Grande RC Airfield and watched one heck of a performance by some youngsters from southern California which was a real treat and a representative from Horizon Hobby also showed of his amazing skills. If I were HALF the pilot these guys are I would be very happy.

This was taken at one of the events at the Casa Grande city field where I will be doing a bunch of my flying next year.

This was taken at one of the events at the Casa Grande city field where I will be doing a bunch of my flying next year.

Palm Creek also had a movie night. They put up there big screen in the park, sold popcorn and non-alcoholic cold drinks, everyone brought their lawn chairs and choice of beverage if they wanted something more “adult oriented” and played “Arrival” as the movie. Not something we would normally pick to go see but for this setting it was very enjoyable.

Waiting for the sunset to finish so the movie can start.

Waiting for the sunset to finish so the movie can start.

Palm Creek also put on an “End of Season” bash. For $5 you could get a Tri-Tip sandwich, a green salad, potato salad, water AND an ice-cream bar PLUS they had a live band called “One Of These Nights” that played all Eagles music and were exceptional as far as I was concerned.


Our neighbors and fellow Oregonian’s and new found friends Rodger & Colene actually gave us tickets for the event after needing to leave the park early due to family issues back home. I don’t think they read the blog but we want to thank them anyway!!

The small tan area middle left is the stage for the band. A good crowd showed up to have a good time.

The small tan area middle left is the stage for the band. A good crowd showed up to have a good time.

All of the people standing along the edge are in line to make it to the tent you see the top of in the distance to get food & drinks LOL!! It actually went pretty fast.

All of the people standing along the edge are in line to make it to the tent you see the top of in the distance to get food & drinks LOL!! It actually went pretty fast.

And of course last but not least we had a couple Happy Hours with fellow Pickleball players and RC fliers before our departure date.
Mid-March the park started to clear out every day as we walked and rode around we would see more and more empty sites (I guess that’s why they ran the extension special that snagged us LOL!!). And for about a week the temperatures soared into the mid 90’s which sure slowed us down a bit mid-day and had our minds wandering to cooler places which in turn got us thinking about where we wanted to go this coming summer.

During our brainstorming sessions we decided maybe Michigan would be a good spot to head to this summer. We hear it is beautiful in that area and can be cooler during the summer months, both good things.
The logical side of me thought that maybe waiting until next year and going straight to Michigan from here in Arizona and by-pass our usual Oregon visit would make more sense as far as miles needing to be traveled but just as I was thinking that I started noticing all of the tornado’s being talked about right in the path we would be taking if we did go straight to Michigan from here, Hmmm angling up through the heart of tornado alley smack dab in the middle of tornado season all of a sudden didn’t sound so great so I guess we decided a few extra miles didn’t sound so bad this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have not set a Michigan trip in stone yet but if we do we figure it will change the way we normally travel for this year anyway. I started mapping out a journey with stops along the way of interest but soon realized it would take us so long to get to Michigan at our normal snail’s pace that we wouldn’t have much time to really tour Michigan once we got there before having to head south. So we just might try the “just drive and get there” approach until we get to say Minnesota and then slow down and smell the roses as they say.

Neither of us are real crazy about the idea of the fast and longer day travel method but we figure it just might need to happen. Keep in mind that we are talking about leaving Oregon June 1st and getting to the western shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin by mid-July in time for the Oshkosh Airshow so I’m sure traveling roughly 2200 miles in 6 or 7 weeks doesn’t sound like much to many of you but that would be traveling at least TWICE as fast as we normally travel LOL!!

We love when the cactus bloom.

We love when the cactus bloom.

We have been asking questions and researching a Michigan trip and will continue doing so but we have the present to deal with now and now means hanging up our Pickelball paddles, saying goodbye to the all so convenient airfield and our seasonal friends and once again lift our jacks and get back on the road.

Wednesday (3/29) we will lift our jacks and head to Kingman Arizona where we will spend 2 nights before making another move to Mesquite Nevada to spend a week. We have toured Kingman before so 2 nights is just a stopover and we plan to tour St. George Utah while staying in Mesquite, they are only 30 miles apart. From there we will start a slow move towards Oregon with our first stop being in La Pine to visit our good friends Bob & Karen for a couple days. I hope the snow is gone so we can get a good bike ride in along the river, with all the snow they had this year I bet it’s really roaring!!!

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11 Responses to Summing up another stay in Casa Grande. Time to hit the road again

  1. Jim and Barb says:

    We lived in Wisconsin for 30 years and never made it to Michigan, too many things to do in Wisconsin! We are headed to SD where we will be the entire month of April, if you are in the area give us a shout!

  2. Safe travels to you and Diane. We’ll be anxious to see you guys again next fall.

    • Dave & Diane says:

      Thanks and we will be looking forward to next season as well, Maybe we can get together and play a bit more pickleball now that we can at least hold our own “a little”. We rode by on our bikes a couple times over the last couple days to say goodbye but your car was always gone or we didn’t see any life outside. Sorry we missed you. Have a great summer!!

  3. colibabas says:

    Palm Creek sure sounds like a great place. Safe travels as you head north!

  4. aelkins1 says:

    If/when you do make it to Michigan, give me a shout. We’re natives, and returning to the state for the summer to tie up loose ends, visit friends & family, doctor appts., etc.

    • Dave & Diane says:

      The way it stands now it looks like we should be getting to the UP at the end of July or the first week of August. We have just started making reservations which is very hard for us this far out LOL!!

      • aelkins1 says:

        Our schedule for July/August isn’t known, but we won’t be in the U.P. you’ll enjoy it, I’m sure! Just be aware that I think you just named prime Skeeter/no-see-um/black fly season in the area (but I could be misremembering).

      • Dave & Diane says:

        Our plan is to stay and explore Michigan through August and a good chunk of Sept. With luck we will outlast the bugs LOL!!

  5. Ray and Deb Kyle says:

    Safe travels and hope to catch up with you both next winter in “Q”.

    • Dave & Diane says:

      You guys have a great summer as well. As far as Q goes we are thinking that just a 1 week visit might be in order this coming winter but with luck we will run into each other. .

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