Settling in for the Winter

Trip Start Sep 08, 2011
Trip End Apr 11, 2012

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Westwind RV Resort

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

November 17, Westwind Golf & RV Resort, Yuma, AZ

We made it to Yuma. Nice to be back and connect with friends
Don & Judy that we met last year. They made dinner for us. Thanks guys.
Since we are staying so long, we actually have a mailbox and address here.
It’s: c/o Westwind RV & Golf Resort, 9797 E. 32nd. Street, Site
# 951, Yuma, Arizona, 85365. We are still getting settled and setting up camp.
It will be nice to be in one spot for a while, but then our gypsy mode will
kick in again in the new year.

One of the reasons we arrived in Yuma a couple of weeks earlier was to attend their annual balloon festival. The only thing wrong with that picture is they inflate and lift off at daybreak. This forced us to get up at 5:00 am to make it there on time. Now that was a challenge since we usually don't get up befrore 8:00 am. So we get their in the dark and hang around this field with about 5,000 other folks and the wind starts to blow a bit. There were 28 entrants in the event and only 4 took off due to the wind. Arrrrrrg. It was interesting to see just the same. We even dragged our Alberta friends and neighbours Don and Judy along with us.  

On Nov 20th, Don and Judy had us and their other neighbour over for a wonderful rib dinner. We were celebrating 3 birthdays. Don, Dr. Bob and Gord. Gord was the youngest ......... that gives you and idea of the age of the others. We had dinner outside and watched the sun set. A very nice evening.

Next Thursday for Gord's real birth date, the park is having a major dinner. They have sold several hundred tickets for the event and have 3 sittings for dinner. Gord thinks this is a very nice jesture. He may even give a speech.

December 7
Somehow the days keep flying by. Some new photos were added today outlining a day visit to Mexico with friends Rob and Tanya from Whitehorse. We also met up with Chuck Phillips from Dease Lake. Algodonas Mexico is a quaint border town that is very safe (at least we felt safe) which hosted a welcome back snowbird party for several thousand of us birds. Free Tequela, Margarettas, and beer. Lots of happy around!

Happy hour is around 4 every day so life kind of revolves around that time. Don the neighbour and Gord spent most of one day at the Marine Base here watching the military aircraft come and go. There is a proving ground close by for the flight boys to play. Gord thinks the Marine Airforce is on the low end of the military totem pole in the US as most of the fighter planes are old Harrier Jets and F5's. They are noisy and fast so Gord and Don enjoy watching.

Every week there is a fair or market place to buy fresh veggies etc. From now until Christmas there are lots of events to help get you into the spirit. We will be attending some of them including a trip around Yuma to see the lights. Cactus and Palm tree decoration is a big thing here! 
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Robin McMillan on

Glad to hear that you arrived safe and sound....and had a wonderful trip along the way. Rain and cloud have set in here and we have the wood stove on most days. Dennis retires the end of November, so he will have lots of time.

Patti on

Cute hats!! Looks like fun!

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