We listened as the wind howled and rocked the motor home all night long. Somehow it doesn’t sound as bad when in the living room as it does from the rear of the bus. Dave says it’s because it’s going through the engine and cowling that amplifies the sound. I was praying we didn’t flip over in the night, it was so rough!
After going into Wellton to get snacks for the Super Bowl potluck, we were ready. Dave was watching the end of the golf tournament, so I decided to go play chair volleyball before it was time for the big game.
The pic shows the action while I sat out a round so others could get a turn. We had that many show up to play. This game was not only fun, it was hilarious. Your butt cannot leave the chair. You must rotate, just like real volleyball. It is hard people! But we laughed and hooted our way through it. I had some good volleys, but the reality was, we all sucked and need a lot more practice. Or do we? Maybe it’s supposed to be a silly, good time. We all had a laugh and a good time for sure.
I headed back to the motor home to get the snacks ready, grab David, and head to the activities center for the potluck and the game. Those chairs were uncomfortable, so we stayed a little while, ate some snacks and really good desserts, then headed home to feed and walk the dogs before halftime. I thought Rihanna put on a great show. Now we are watching the rest of the game. GO CHIEFS!!
Yeah, I’m from Texas, but my boys like the Chiefs and I don’t care for Philly…sorry Eagle fans! My sincere condolences if y’all lose!
As seasonal as the weather is our wanderlust, so it’s time for a change.
Tomorrow we move to Rancho El Mirage Golf RV Resort and hopefully, warmer temperatures. As in every RV Park, there are pros and cons…one of the pros is more activities and nicer dog parks, but the cons may be our location in the park. We will soon see!
I took some pretty shots of the sunset tonight, but they are slow to load. Hopefully, they will befor I finish this post.
They loaded, yea! Our last night here sending us off in a beautiful way!
You know, I hate toxicity in any form, wether it’s my water or my friendships, and that being said, I hope the folks at the new place are friendlier to us Texans. Sometimes, although nice enough folks here, most are snowbirds and I feel a little left out of the conversation. I feel I’ve tried my best to make friends and be involved in activities and game nights, yet I still feel somewhat shunned because I’m from Texas, and these people here have their own groups they are close to. Maybe I’m being too sensitive, but everything I read about welcoming RV parks and how wonderful the people are, to me, everyone has kind of kept to themselves or their cliques. Maybe it’s campers that get close, you know, the boondocking crowd. We’ll see the more parks we visit.
With that off my chest, we will be back here after our month in the new place. We just need a change of scenery for a while, and Dave wants to play golf without having to drive 30 minutes to do it! Well, he will get his fill! This place literally sits on a golf course! And, I’ll get to do the same activities plus some new ones, like bowling!
There will be new things to photograph, a new schedule of activities, and a totally different layout to the park. I even read there’s fishing and boating opportunities, but that is yet to be seen. They might have meant if you drive into San Diego. But maybe the place is aptly named, a mirage in the desert! Stay tuned for news from a new location.
The mountain views here are always changing and to me, fascinating. Today for instance, we were coming back from grocery shopping in Marana when we observed this severe looking view of our peak here in Picacho. It’s because it was cloudy and the other side of the highway’s mountain was shrouded in rain. This created an almost cartoonish view of the mountain. The picture doesn’t do it justice, it was a purplish-black that was most creepy looking. The rain on the opposing mountain was coming down in a curtain that’s edge was clearly visible. I wish I had taken a picture of it.
The other day, the sun was shining but there were puffy little clouds around giving the mountains a beautiful, mottled look that highlighted the greens, tans, and purples of the mountain side. They constantly fascinate me, as do the cactus. The closer we got to Marana, the more lush the desert became. It was a virtual jungle of cacti, trees, bushes, and grasses. Teddy bear cholla were everywhere, and the saguaro were thick. Yesterday, we were walking the dogs and met another lady in the park who stopped to chat and give our girls a treat. She spoke with us quite a while, eventually inviting us to go see something called a crested saguaro on a particular walking trail she knows of. I will have to take her up on that…when it stops raining.
I never tire of the beautiful landscape here, and I’m dying to explore new places to search for rocks and/or gems (if I’m that lucky)! I could see coming back to this area year after year, maybe in a different place each time so we would have new views each time. So much to discover and explore in the great southwest, from canyons, to caverns, mountains covered in cactus to rock covered mountains and lush vegetation to beautiful lakes. Rock formations that will blow your mind to white sands as far as the eye can see. All somewhere in Arizona and New Mexico! I wish we had the gas and the money to explore a new town every day or even once a week, but soaring gas and grocery prices make that impossible at the moment.
What we do discover I will gladly share! Let me share a few pics in a simple gallery of photos I may not have shared yet.
I can’t wait to see what the new area will provide when we change locations in couple of weeks!
I was going to talk about the need to initiate conversation in order to make friends around here, when suddenly there was a knock at our door. This man we’ve never met dropped off this beautiful cake and said he wanted to put a smile on our face! I’ll say!
Right now my belly is full of ice cream after attending my second ice cream social, but the cake still looks wonderful. That was super random, but oh so nice! I’m more than blown away, as the man ran off so fast we didn’t have time to invite him in, or even see where he came from or went to! I’m not accustomed to such random acts of kindness, I’m still reeling from it! Maybe he didn’t want us to feel obligated in any way and that’s why he left so fast?
I will have to invite him over if I see him again! That’s one way to initiate a friendship!