Wintering in Arizona

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February 22nd 2013
Published: March 12th 2013
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We are enjoying the sunshine this winter in Arizona. It's nice to be off the road for a few months. We've made new friends and are helping to get pickleball established at Casa Grande RV Resort. The resort has a teacher, Tony, come in once a week. However, since none of the snowbirds here are "Thousand Trails members," the sport is new to most of them. A friendly crowd and I am so happy Tom is playing just about every day. Me? I continue to work hard NOT to make PB the center of my universe. I definitely drank the Pickelball Kool-aid. Many of our new friends are leaving soon so we had a PB tournament to cap off the winter. So fun.

The tournament started at 9:30 in the morning and about 6 pm we thought we would have to have the awards ceremony in the hot tub because (except for a few very) we were dragging. Gold went to Joyce and Daryl. Silver went to Margaret and (my)TOM and Margaret and Wayne, and Margaret and Gene. To say Margaret was wearing out her'd have to ask Daryl, her husband. Confused? Just go with it. ;-)

Weekends we take day trips. One afternoon, after driving down a mountain dirt road for an hour we came to Asarco Copper Mine. I was trying to remember if this was one we sold off-the-road tires to (in my former life)...but anyway, wish we could have pulled off the highway to take a picture of the greenish mountain cliffs but it wasn't possible.

We spent an afternoon at the Eloy Airfield with Margaret & Bruce and ran into Debbie & Rocky, and Joyce & Herb. A skydiving exhibition took place. For $175 you could jump tandem out of a (perfectly good) airplane with an experienced jumper. It was amazing to watch (operative word is WATCH!) They also have an indoor simulated skydive where you can experience freefall at speeds up to 120 mph in a vertical column of air. Our pictures on that are a little scratchy because the chamber is all scratched from people getting sucked up and out and back....Another great spectator sport.

This town is geared up for the winter visitors. We attended a chilli cook-off and an air show all in one weekend.

Mourning doves nested in our motorhome slide so we will be

Elroy, Arizona
here at least another two weeks, until the eggs hatch. We continue to see the country get slammed with winter storms. Stay safe out on those roads and in your homes! Spring is right around the corner. (pictures continue past the ads below.)

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Air Exhibition

12th March 2013

Hi Karen and Tom, Glad you are both well. I enjoy seeing your pictures. Ok-- now you are official PB trainers. Glad to hear that your keeping active. Heard nothing but good things about keeping active-- keeps you young. I have spent 2 days at the Service Center training. Brick is here with his Service Center adjusters I told him that you and Tom are doing well. He said is happy to hear that you are doing well and told me he keeps up with your blogs. I will close for now. Happy and Safe Traveling-- May God Bless !
13th March 2013

Great Pics
Congrats on getting PB started at Casa Grande. Heard from Ellen Dyer not long ago; she & hubby Stan are also wintering in AZ, not sure which park. But she has been able to play nearly every day, even has to wait in line sometimes. Sounds like PB heaven in AZ!
14th March 2013

Hi Judy
Yes, PB is served up everywhere in AZ. Are you in Texas?
14th March 2013

Service Center
Is Brick still with Discount Tire? Thanks for following our blog.

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