December, Part 1
Trip Start Oct 14, 2013
35Trip End Apr 13, 2014
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Greg and I have had a busy month in Yuma. At the resort we have resumed the activities we enjoyed last year: aqua zumba and line dancing for me; shuffleboard for Greg. Both of us are 'poco locos' again this year, volunteering our time in the park for whatever needs to be done. So far we have helped decorate the park, set up for various park events, and volunteered for the Christmas Candlelight Vigil, the weekly karaoke contests and burger bashes, and other events. I also volunteer in our library and Greg is the park photographer. As poco locos we are meeting new friends and keeping active, a real win-win situation. Our first event was judging the Christmas Decorating Contest. Six of us drove around in a decorated golf cart determining the best motorhome, 5th wheel, villa, street, and best overall while accepting ‘bribes’ of food and drink. We had a lot of fun. The next night the choir from a nearby church group led the caroling as we rode around the park and then it was into the ballroom for hot chocolate, cookies, and more singing
Outside the park, Greg and I watched the Yuma Parade of Lights in downtown Yuma. We love parades and this one did not disappoint us. There were several marching bands and floats, lots of music, and of course, lots of lights. The parade lasted for over 90 minutes. Amazing. Another evening we had supper with Bud and Maria, friends from BC that we met last year at The Palms and are spending this season in another area of Yuma. We are so happy to see them again; they thought they would not be snowbirds this year but couldn’t resist coming south. Greg and I also spent a day with John and Bertha, our friends in El Centro. The four of us drove to Mexicali, a Mexican border town, and attended a celebration for Bertha’s priest. It was his 30th anniversary of being in the priesthood and we were served a Mexican brunch complete with refried beans, fajitas, other Mexican foods, and lots of sweets. On another evening we went with a couple of friends to ‘Christ is Born’, performed by over 200 church members in an outdoor amphitheater near us. What an incredible job they did, there were performers of all ages and animals too. Then after the play, we drove to an area of Yuma known for its Christmas decorating. One street in particular was absolutely fantastic, rivaling the Griswald’s decorations in the movie, ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’. The whole street was ablaze with lights.
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