Leaving Palm Creek

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January 29th 2012
Published: January 29th 2012
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Shuffleboard Courts
Within a few days, we will be concluding a two month stay at Palm Creek Golf and RV Resort in Casa Grande, Arizona.

This is our third snowbird adventure, traveling in a 5th wheel trailer to southern Arizona for the winter. Our homestead in Washington State recently has been hit with both a snow storm (3 feet), followed by an ice storm! How sweet is that?

During the past two months, we have enjoyed the hospitality of friends Dave and Mare in Chandler, Arizona who have had us to their home two times for smoked barbecue and fixings. Like me, Dave is a master chef with the Black Diamond dual chamber smoker; a fire box and a smoke chamber.

We drive up and stay at the Red Roof Inn because after a great meal and libation, I don’t like to drive at night on the Interstate. Shaddy is a welcome guest at the Red Roof which has become our pet friendly travel lodge of choice.

Last winter, we spent a month at Palm Creek. This winter, we are spending two months. Is there a trend here?

Last year, I “discovered” lawn bowling. This year, even my

Pickleball and Tennis Courts
bride (TB for “trail boss”) has taken lessons and has been certified as a lawn bowler at the Palm Creek Lawn Bowling Club. She seems to have taken to it, and we both enjoy participating in the afternoon jitneys. I’m the proud possessor of four coveted championship crystal glasses, awarded for winning two games in an afternoon jitney. I’ve purchased a set of four bowls, and will take them home to practice with during the summer.

TB also is a member of the wood caring group at Palm Creek. She is what is called a chip carver. I’ve seen steady improvement in her craft, and think she is ready to teach the method to others.

In mid December, my daughter Elaine and her husband Jon-Marie visited us in Casa Grande for a few days. It was so nice to introduce them to our winter life style, and give them a tour of our 5th wheel trailer. But they stayed at a resort hotel in the area. Our motto is, “cocktails for six, dinner for four, sleeps two!” Well, make that three, if you count our darling pup, Shaddy.

So far, this retirement life is not all that

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bad. Four months in southern Arizona, seven months at the homestead in Washing State, and an extra month for travel in the northwest.

I could easily full time, but get outvoted on the motion two to one. So, I’ll enjoy what time I get on the road. On February 1, we will hitch up and head east to Tucson where we will stay for two months at The Voyager RV Resort. TB’s sister and brother-in-law winter there. We will set up the 5th wheel right behind their park model home. We did this for a month last winter, and had so much fun that we are going to stay for two months this year.

See you down the trail. Meanwhile, enjoy the photos of Palm Creek.


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7th Fairway

Golf Course Water Hazard

Lovely views along the public areas and golf course.

Fore Sure!

Main activity center.

Palm Creek Commons

Swimming Pool and Hot Pool. Water volleyball is big.

Near the Golf Shop.

Putting practice green.

Caution - Adults At Play!

Heading to our street in Palm Creek.

Looking down our street in Palm Creek

Our plot / slice of heaven in Palm Creek

29th January 2012

Winter are different, huh? I toured your yard and house yesterday. Everything in and on the house weathered the snow/freezing rain. Your yard is a mess...like everyone else's. Eric and Susan had a branch hit the edge of their roof. You and I dodged damage this time. Finally got Nancy's car out of the garage for a run around the 'hood. Still have snow where plowing and shoveling stacked it up. Rain today so it's finally melting a little more quickly. Be well in the south lands.
31st January 2012

snow still melting
Hey there, so nice to see the beautiful blue sky over uncle joe, I can feel the warm, sunny ski and 70 degree days at Casa Grande! I know you have had a great chuckle seeing the forcast here in Oly. It finally has gotten up to 40's/almost 50. A ton of snow did fall, we had to have a tractor dig us out. We miss you guys, great report from you! Lots of love, ada
7th February 2012

way to go
Many of us are enjoying your trip and appreciate your taking the time to keep us informed of activities---particularly old folks like me who are content to just hang around the house. Only trip lately was to Florida to check on Phyllis and her new facilities. Keep enjoying the trip!!!

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