Our first week in Yuma
Trip Start Sep 06, 2012
104Trip End Mar 06, 2013
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I would say that 85% of the people here are Canadians. Most of the license plates are BC and Alberta, with a few from Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.
When we first arrived we bought our groceries at Wal-Mart and also did some shopping at the flea markets that we visited with John and Bertha last week. Since then our friends have told us the 99 cents stores and Fry’s are the places to go for groceries so we’ll have to try them for our next grocery list. They also told us that the drug stores have the lowest liquor prices! So different than home.
ur first weekend here, Yuma hosted the balloon festival and the date festival. We went to both. The hot air balloon festival started before sunrise, at 6am. We were there. I was a crew volunteer for one of the 25 balloons. I helped place the balloon on the field and also had the important job of standing on the tarp so it wouldn’t blow away during the filling of the balloon. It was all very exciting. The first balloon, carrying an American flag, ascended while the anthem was played. Then the other 24 balloons rose up. Wow. The evening events were held on a baseball diamond. Sixteen hot air balloons were on the field, and whenever the crowd counted down, all the balloons would fire their propane heaters, lighting up the interior of the balloons. Spectacular! Then after about an hour of doing this, the balloons were deflated and the fireworks began.
So the balloon festival was during the early morning and the early evening. The date festival was held during the day. We started with a free breakfast of a date muffin and hot chocolate. Then we boarded a bus that took us to a date packing plant called DatePac, located not too far away from town
On Sunday we spent the afternoon with Bev and Rick, neighbours of Laura and Will in Cold Lake who have a permanent site in an RV park a few kilometers east of us. They’ve been coming to Yuma for quite a few years and decided this is where they want to be during the cold weather months. They built an 899 square foot cottage on their lot, complete with shed and gazebo, and are very comfortable. We really enjoyed our visit with them and will be seeing them again while we are here.
We were getting a loud screeching noise form the front end of the Fiesta whenever Greg applied the brakes. So on Monday Greg took it to the Ford dealer near us to have it checked out. It turns out that there was a rock between the calipers and the brake spring. So they fixed that, gave the Fiesta a ‘check-up’, and then they cleaned the car inside and out. The car is still under warranty so there was no charge to us. Nice!
But the big news is that while our car was being attended to, Laura gave birth to a beautiful girl, 7 pounds 14 ounces. They’ve named her Amelia Grace. We are so pleased that everyone is doing well, though Laura and Will sounded pretty tired.
After a flurry of phone calls and emails, Greg and I went on a bike ride around our RV park
This week we leaned how to shuffle. Not dancing, shuffleboard. There are about 10 shuffleboard courts here and it’s very popular. Getting the discs to a counting position on the court takes a lot of practice. Greg and I will be attending a clinic on Friday, hopefully it will improve our game. There aren’t any horseshoe pits here and we haven’t seen anyone playing washer toss.
I also started aqua zumba, another popular activity here
Today is Thanksgiving and we’ll be going to the dinner/dance. It’s an organized pot luck with the resort supplying the turkey and gravy. A table seats 20 people and each couple brings their own place setting and a dish for the table. We are bringing cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes; others are bringing vegetables, salads, and desserts. I’m really looking forward to it.
I’m writing this while the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade is on TV. Everyone’s bundled up while here we are enjoying another sunny 22C day. We are not missing the cold!
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