We arrived at our winter home

Monday (10/29) we lifted or jacks and drove away from Yuma and headed 185 miles east towards the Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort in Casa Grande Arizona where we will spend 5 months this winter. Yes you read that correctly, 5 months. It even seems funny to type 5 months in one spot LOL!!

I know we have said this before at some time but when we first hit the road 6 years ago we never thought we would spend anywhere near 5 months in one location and certainly not in a RV Park the size of Palm Creek but never say never.

We have found for us that after traveling and spending months doing mainly one week stays and playing tourist we are enjoying the longer stay at one location that has more activities available than we could possible participate in and being more socially active with a group ( a growing group) of friends here at Palm Creek.

Just pulling in.

Just pulling in.

Heck as soon as we pulled in the gate and rolled up to the staging area to be lead to our site we saw Drew and Becky just in front of us with Drew standing in the middle of the road waving hello. Then as we were checking in we bumped into two other couples that we play Pickleball with and fly RC planes with. Then as we walked out of the office we saw our buddy Steve Fisher. Then as soon as we backed into our site we had 2 other friends, Steve’s wife Karen and then Debbie roll up to say hi almost before we even got our slides out LOL!! Fun stuff.

Once in our site and all set up inside I only did a partial setup outside because we had a wash & wax scheduled for the motorhome the following morning so no sense putting stuff out and then have to move it out of the way.

I don’t even remember what we did the rest of the afternoon at this point but I do know that by 5PM I was at the Pickleball courts getting ready to play in my first Round Robbin of the season where of course I bumped into a number of people we have not seen since last year.

Diane came over and played spectator because of her injured arm but ended up staying the entire time I played (a little over 2 hours) because she kept bumping into friends and stayed busy catching up with everyone.

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Tuesday (10/30) morning about 7:30 the crew from Dave’s RV Wash showed up about 7:30 to wash & wax our RV so I decided to hang around and take care of business instead of going over to play Pickleball that day.

After a few hours they had finished up and I started dragging things out of the basement and finished setting up what I didn’t do the day before.

All clean

All clean

All clean

All clean

Because we don’t normally set that much up outside during our usual 1 week stay’s our basement is never as empty as it is during our long stay at Palm Creek so I took advantage of the moment and got the vacuum out and touched up while I had the chance.

By this time I was on a roll so I got out the good ol 303 product and gave all the seals a once over as well.

We pretty much killed the remainder of the day with a shopping trip and a bike ride which took us to 5Pm when it was time to meet friends at Buffalo Wild Wings for two-for-one wing night.

Last year our friends Drew & Becky got us hooked on the Tuesday night two-for-one wing nights and we started making it a normal thing and from the looks and sound of it we will pick up right where we left off LOL!!  Our mutual friends Ray & Barb also came along and all had a great evening.

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Wednesday (10/31) I started the day with about 3 hours of Pickleball before heading home to shower so we could get Diane over to a spot in town to have a x-ray done on her arm, something the orthopedic surgeon has required before her meeting with him coming up on the 7th.

We also had an awning guy come over to give a price on replacing a slide topper on the RV but after we looked at it he decided the topper itself was in great shape and that we just has a couple seams come loose that could be repaired and save some money.

So the plan is for him to come out next week to remove the topper and take it to his upholstery shop, re-sew the seams and re-install it. By doing this we will save a few hundred dollars compared to doing a total replacement and he said the material itself should be good for a few more years easily.

The remainder of the day was spent with bike rides and playing catch up with people as we came across them.

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Thursday (11/1) was our actual scheduled time to arrive at Palm Creek so we felt pretty good that we had already been here a few days and were ahead of schedule getting things done so it just turned into a play day.

Of course I started the day out with about 3 hours of Pickleball and it was followed up by bike rides and visiting mainly followed by a BBQ and some down time. A pretty simple and normal day.

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Friday (11/2) after “you guessed it” about 3 hours of Pickleball I headed home for a shower and a short nap before driving about 47 miles south to meet up with our friends Bob & Karen for a late lunch / early dinner at the Circle S Saloon in Mariner.

Bob & Karen were only in the area 3 days so we all wanted to make sure to at least get together once for a visit. If you have read the blog long you will have certainly seen and read about Bob & Karen numerous times. We make it a point to bump into each other as much as possible.

While we were sitting in the parking lot waiting for Bob & Karen to show up an Ambulance and a fire truck rolled in with lights flashing and about 6 guys went inside with a gurney. About that time Bob & Karen rolled and we all had to question Karen at how she picked this spot.

You would have had to been on the ride just trying to find this restaurant in the first place because both Diane and I and Bob & Karen thought our GPS’s were crazy and there couldn’t be a restaurant in the area it was located, and then to get there only to have a fire truck and ambulance show up with lights flashing as well, it was sort of funny to us at the time.

Anyway we all went inside and avoided the poor guy stretched out on the floor with medics all around him and made our way to a table. One thing was for sure, we didn’t want to have whatever that guy on the floor had.

The waitress was pretty rattled about the whole ordeal but once we got passed here heightened adrenalin levels things calmed down and we enjoyed our meal and visit.

Bob, Karen, Diane & me

Bob, Karen, Diane & me

We enjoyed it enough that before we knew it the place was getting pretty busy and when we looked at a clock we realized we had sat there close to 2 ½ hours. Time flies with good company and friends.

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Saturday (11/3), of course the morning was filled with Pickleball. I hit the courts at 8 and played to about noon before heading home to get Diane and head out on a bike ride.

Afterwards we needed to hit the grocery store to pick up something for a Happy Hour planned for the following evening and to stop by Home Depot to pick up a new hose to flush out our black tank.

We paid some pretty good money for a hose while up in Washington for a new hose but holy cow was that money wasted. I normally buy a hose called “The Pocket Hose” from Home Depot, one of those hoses that expands when you run water through it and it normally lasts a couple years because it lays out in the sun most of the time. But while in Washington when the hose gave out we were not near a Home Depot so we bought a Ames brand that we actually paid more for that was a pure piece of crap and only lasted about 3 months. So back to the Pocket Hose we go.

While we were out we also stopped in at the “Clean Freak” car wash. While in Casa Grande we always sign up for a $16 per month car wash program. It allows you to run your rig through the automatic car wash up to 2 times per day for just $16 a month and because the water is so hard at the RV Park the only way the truck gets washed is by going to a car wash so it’s really not a bad deal. Heck the truck stays cleaner while in Casa Grande than any other time of the year LOL!!

By then it was time to head home to BBQ up some dinner and chill. Oh, I think here might have been a nap tossed in there somewhere as well LOL!!

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Sunday (11/4) was a little more of a laid back day. After a slow start we took a 3 mile walk followed by a bike ride and the rest of the day was filled with watching football until 5PM. Sort of a “give the body a rest” day. That’s right, no Pickleball LOL!!

At 5 we gathered up the Pineapple Upside Down cake Diane made and our beverages and headed over to our friend Clair’s house where she was hosting a “Welcome Back” Happy Hour.

It was a nice gathering of about 11 people and we had a great time catching up and making up some plans for different events throughout the winter stay.

The girls were talking about going to a movie that some of them have been wanting to see and getting the Mahjong games going again along with Pickleball as well as planning for a few concerts that are being held in the park. And Drew and I talked about getting involved with a weekly poker tournament.

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Monday (11/5) was back to full on activities it seemed. I went over to the Pickleball courts and started playing at about 8:30 and played until 1. Then headed home for a light lunch and a nap until Diane headed over to the courts with friends to be a spectator. It’s been rough on her not being able to play with her injured arm. We sure hope the Dr. can figure out what’s wrong on Wednesday.

This crop duster works the fields just outside of the park and we watch him often. This is a shot from our RV site as he was headed to the fields.

This crop duster works the fields just outside of the park and we watch him often. This is a shot from our RV site as he was headed to the fields.

After Diane took off I jumped on the bike and went for a ride and returned home in time for Diane to get back so we could have a light dinner before headed back over to the courts about 5:30 where I played again until about 7:30 I guess.

While I played Diane went down into a different court and tried to play with her left hand, she is determined to get some Pickleball in however she can. He friend Becky went and batted the ball around a little with her and one of the 4.0 players also stepped in to give her a hand I noticed.

By the time we finished this bout of Pickleball I was plum beat and ready to head home for a shower and to watch a little Walking Dead we had recorded.

Another darn good day.

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That takes us through our first week here at Palm Creek and it was pretty much what we had expected. We figured we would get off to a mellow start and we did but I’m sure things will start rolling pretty strong soon.

Oh, last year when we rolled in on November 1st you might remember that I weighed in at 235lbs and had a goal to get down below 200. I’m happy to say that I weighed in at 195lbs this year on November 1st so I have been able to keep the weight off so far.

I have sort of set a new goal however, I have a Birthday coming up in 3 months and I want to be down to 185lbs. I’m not sure I will want to stay at that weight but I want to see how it feels. I’m pretty darn happy with 195 and feel strong at this weight but what the heck. If I don’t like it I know I won’t have any issue packing back on 10lbs LOL!!

Let’s see, what else? OH YES!!! We got a few more pictures of the progress on our new truck.

It’s coming right along but still has to have the bed liner sprayed in, the auxiliary fuel tank installed, the 5th wheel hitch installed, the spare tire and stainless steel tire cover installed, running boards put on, a few more light installed as well as a few other little things but it’s coming along very nicely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is the latest photo, it shows the fold down steps under the front compartment have been installed and the rear backup sensors as well. Looks like they might be getting ready to install the running boards.

This is the latest photo, it shows the fold down steps under the front compartment have been installed and the rear backup sensors as well. Looks like they might be getting ready to install the running boards.

As far as the new 5th wheel, well not much to talk about there yet. I will say that I’m a bit unhappy with the communication we are getting from them at this point but we will see if that changes as we get closer.

I guess that’s it for now, by the time we actually get this posted we will be well into our second week and things are going pretty much as the 1st week, Pickleball, bike rides, walks, visiting, Tuesday night wing night, temps in the low 80’s and forecasted for the high 70’s this next week, all in all another good week taking shape.

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4 Responses to We arrived at our winter home

  1. sfischer1 says:

    Wow, Dave, don’t you get tired of all of that pickleball stuff?

  2. Jim and Barb says:

    I bet it is good to be back down there and on the courts! Enjoy the warm weather and time with your southern friends! Truck looks great!

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