Christmas Time in Yuma

Trip Start Sep 06, 2012
Trip End Mar 06, 2013

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The Palms RV Resort Yuma
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Wednesday, December 26, 2012

On Sunday we usually do our grocery shopping and any other errands that need to be done. Our usual stops are the market and then Wal-Mart. Fresh vegetables are very reasonably priced: 50 cents for an avocado, 68 cents for broccoli, 1.00 for a huge head of cauliflower, 1.00 for celery. At the market we bought a piece of artificial grass for our washer toss game. There isn't any grass in our RV park so we bought it to put under our boxes. It works quite well.

On our way home, we stopped at an RV retailer. We were just inquisitive about the price of motorhomes here. There are so many dealers we thought that the competition would drive down the prices but they seemed to be about the same price as in eastern Canada. After we spoke to a salesman, he asked us if we were staying for BBQ chicken. He explained that every day they serve lunch, free of charge. So we went over to the lunch room and had a very good lunch of BBQ chicken, macaroni salad, roll and beverage. The couple beside us said that they have lunch there regularly; it isn’t always chicken but it is always good. You don’t even have to speak to a salesperson; you can just go directly to the lunch room. No pressure.

Our bike riding was interrupted because we were getting so many flat tires. Goat-head thorns were causing the flats. These thorns drop from tumbleweeds so they are scattered throughout the desert and along the trails we use. We bought some self sealing slime to coat the inside of our tubes but if that doesn’t work we’ll have to buy Kevlar tires. They are a bit expensive but worth it if it prevents flats. We didn’t get any flat tires during our first bike ride with the slimed tubes so maybe it did the trick. Our ride took us along citrus orchards that were being harvested so we stopped and watched tons of lemons being inspected while they were transferred into large shipping containers. So many lemons… We also stopped near the airport and experienced the Harrier jets just 50 feet above our heads as they approached the runway for landing. The noise was deafening and we could feel the vibrations. Wow.

Greg and I were chosen to be two of the five judges for the Christmas decorating contest in the resort. There were 6 categories (villa, motorhome, 5th wheel, etc) and it wasn’t an easy job. So many lots were well decorated. The most difficult decision was the best themed street. There were two streets that really spent a lot of time and effort decorating. They obviously have a great community spirit. The winners were announced after an evening of caroling around the park. A choir from the local high school helped us with the singing then sang for us in the ballroom. Really nice voices but the highlight was when the boys sang the 12 Days of Christmas interspersed with other carols. I had never heard that arrangement before and it was wonderful to listen to.

About a week ago Leon, who organizes the shuffleboard games, asked me if Greg and I would like to sign up for a bowling tournament. I, of course, said yes and then found out later that it wasn’t bowling at a bowling alley; it was shuffleboard with a bowling pin placed on the court. If you knock it over you lose 10 points. Not what I was expecting at all. Greg and I participated and it was a lot of fun. I actually enjoyed it more than regular shuffleboard because you have to strategize more; it’s less of a takeout type game.

We spent the Friday before Christmas in El Centro, visiting John and Bertha and shopping at Costco. Yuma doesn’t have a Costco, instead it has Sam’s Club. We aren’t sure if it’s worthwhile joining Sam’s Club; some people say yes, others say no. We’ll have to 'visit’ and decide for ourselves.

Saturday was the regular burger bash and both Greg and I volunteered to work it. Greg was on the beer kegs and I was at the kitchen counter with three others giving out the burgers and beverages. We served about 200 people, a smaller than usual crowd, but with listening to the band, talking to so many people, and getting in a couple dances I had a great time.

The weather here on Christmas Eve was fantastic so Greg and I spent the afternoon at the pool. In the evening we attended the Candlelight Service, a non denominational service that included gthe reading of five short excerpts from the bible, lighting five candles, and singing five Christmas carols. We had been given a candle and at the end of the service we lit our candles, the lights were turned off, and then we all sang Silent Night. It was really nice. Then after the service we went over to a neighbours’ 5th wheel and had dessert. Yummy.

We had Christmas dinner at Bev and Rick’s site at their park Las Quintas, located a couple of kms. down the road from us. There were 12 of us altogether. It was an organized pot luck and so there was an amazing variety of food: turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, turnip, meat pies, perogies, and more. And pies and sweets for dessert. We were stuffed.

Today is Boxing Day. Another beautiful day in the desert, not a cloud in the sky. The temperature is supposed to reach 19C, which they tell us is unusually cool for this time of year.  It may not be a pool day but perfect for doing anything outside.

We hope everyone has had a great Christmas.
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Margie on

Have been meaning to write to wish you both a very happy 2013 and long may the adventure continue! Love seeing your pictures and hearing your news. Take Care and travel safe.

Emilie on

Happy New Year neighbours! Glad to see that you are enjoying your travels...the replacements just fired up their snow blower but are quickly moving back to the shed...:) Must go out and shovel for a bit! tee hee!

They kids are great and we are enjoying winter sport.. skiing and skating.

safe travels!

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