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Bocce Ball Baby!

We tried something new together today and it was fun!

The rules were pretty simple, the company was fabulous, and the important thing was, we did it together!

The more people we meet, the more we like them because they are all so nice and fun to be around. ☺️

Although we separated into teams and kept score, we were not being competitive or mean, it was considered a “social event” and that’s fine with me. We met some new couples too and learned more about the community. You know it’s a great place when so many people either live here year round, or part-time in the park models, or are people like us that travel but want to return year after year. Maybe we will too, I can see becoming super close to some of these fine folks we are meeting.

Bocce ball is sort of like shuffleboard but with heavy balls about the size of a grapefruit. I don’t know what they are made of, but they are as heavy as if you were using tiny bowling balls!

The rules are to get your team’s balls as close to the white ball (thrown at the start of each match) as possible. Here’s where it gets a little confusing to explain. Teams start with four players on each side, in our case it was four guys and four ladies. However, two guys on one side are paired with two ladies on the other, so the score is really red against green. Clear as mud? Yeah, I thought so.

The court. Dave and the other guys played at this end.

All the balls before the game started.
Dave taking the “walk of shame” (I had to too!)

They call it the walk of shame if you don’t make the white ball over the opposing side. We both did it once. 😂

The recent rain made the court wrinkle up…there was another court that was smooth, we just happened to set up on this one.

Dave taking his shot.

So Dave, Gary, Erma, and I were on one team, but the guys were at one end and we were on the other. Also on our side were Linda and Agnes. The other guys were Chuck and Bill. The guys started first and all of them get to roll all their balls. Then it was our turn, and Erma and I were red. The green team won the first game and red won the second. It was cold up there on the hill and I forgot my jacket, so I went home after that. It was windy really, but at 62 degrees, that made it quite cool. I was in shin-length leggings and a long t-shirt with short sleeves. What was I thinking? 🤣

All in all, it was fun, it was a little exercise (including the walk up and back) so that plus my nature walk and two walks back and forth to the dog park was enough to close my rings today. I’ve closed them every day this week, so it is getting too easy, I need to adjust my distance. I’m never going to climb that mountain until I get more fit.

Along the nature walk, I snapped some pics of various cactus used for the landscaping around the park.

Stick chollo, big and small, not sure what the smooth, phallic-looking cacti is called, giant saguaro, a cactus garden, and a very spiny version I also don’t know the name of, but I like them all! Almost all the sites and park models have their own cactus gardens. To me they are all beautiful and fascinating.


3 thoughts on “Bocce Ball Baby!

  1. rajkkhoja says:

    So interested you sharing Bocce Ball Baby. All together people together and separate the team. Play the Bocce Balls game. Beautiful you and Dave play pic. You have meet the new couples and learn more about Community. Beautiful around park. Beautiful cactus 🌵. Beautiful cold weather. Enjoy the day.
    Have enjoyable day, Kim 😍

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