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Trip Start Sep 06, 2012
104Trip End Mar 06, 2013
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The Palms RV Resort Yuma
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Read my review - 5/5 stars
The week in Yuma has been busy with the usual activities in the resort (aqua zumba, line dancing classes, shuffleboard, karaoke) and with the Christmas season events. Early in the week Greg and I attended the Welcome Back event at the Yuma Fairgrounds. There were about 100 booths of companies in the Yuma area trying to attract the tourist dollars: restaurants, medical clinics, dental clinics, RV resorts, libraries, casinos, retail stores, pest control, entertainment centres, etc. It was like being at a trade show. Most of the booths gave us something, either merchandise, candies, or coupons so we left with a big bag of 'stuff'
Midweek the Texas Tenors were here performing their Christmas show. Greg and I volunteered to work the evening performance. I had to google them to find out who they are. They reached the quarter finals of the TV show ‘America’s Got Talent’ a few years ago, a show that we don’t watch. They sing opera and country and western, not particularly our type of music, but the show was quite good.
We met with Bev and Rick and eight of their friends to plan Christmas dinner. We originally were going to the Christmas dinner in our park but when Bev invited us to her place we accepted her invitation. It’s an organized pot luck with the traditional turkey and all the trimmings and also perogies and tourtiere. Should be good.
Friday night was the Poco Locos Christmas dinner and dance. There were about a hundred of us there for the delicious BBQ chicken dinner. The band was good too and I was able to do a few of the line dances that I have been practicing for about a month now.
On Saturday morning the resort had a pet parade. And what a parade. It was lead by a Marine Corps Color Guard and then an elementary school marching band of 175 members, some of them were not much taller than the drum they were carrying. The band was fantastic. With the band was a group of cheerleaders, not rah rah cheerleaders; they were more like marching dancers complete with intricate choreography. Then there were the pets from the park (mostly dogs) and their owners followed by miniature horses pulling a wagon, Santa on another wagon, and then a camel. Yes, a real live camel. Apparently there are camels roaming the desert, descendants of camels that were part of the army about a hundred years ago and left when the army desert corps disbanded. When the parade stopped, the dancers pulled people from the audience to line dance in the street. Of course, I volunteered and was able to follow along. All those lessons are coming in handy!
After the parade, there was a variety of dog contests: obedience, agility, fashion show. I didn’t stay to watch the contests instead I returned to our motorhome to install our internet hotspot device that we purchased in WalMart. We have had mixed success with the internet service in the RV parks so this should give us dependable wifi service.
This afternoon Greg and I attended the weekly boomer bash (hamburger, chips, beer, and music) and then we went to the Tamales Festival in Somerton, a nearby town. Quite the event. The main street was closed off and lined with more than 40 vendors selling tamales, beans and rice, and macaroni salad. Lots of loud music and people. We ate green chili cheese tamales and beef tamales. It was the first time we had eaten tamales and we liked them. It’s a layer of cornmeal, a layer of meat or green chilis, and then another layer of cornmeal all wrapped up in corn husks and then steamed. Delicious. For dessert we had churros, sort of like a straight doughnut rather than a circular doughnut. Then on the way back to our resort we stopped to watch some fireworks. There’s always something happening in southern Arizona.
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