Saturday, February 18, 2017

Day Trips with Jason to Sedona and the Apache Trail

Mesa AZ     H 64 Light Rain  L 52

Our son Jason flew down from Portland Oregon to spend a few days with us.  I am sure he enjoyed the sunny and warm days here with Judy and I. Of course it was great having him visit us.  We got in a couple of day trips during his stay, a drive on the Apache Trail and a visit to Sedona.

Apache Trail pics

AT map2     AT LAKE 1 A

Tortilla-Flat bridge A

AT 12 A     AT 9 A

Sedona Pics

Red Rock 9A     Red Rock 16A

Jason sodona 17

Chapel sedona 5A     Chapel sedona 4A

It was a fun week for sure. Jason returned to Portland on Thursday and had to be back at work on Sat.

That is all for now. Thanks for stopping by.

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Good Bye to “The Texas Boy”

Mesa, AZ      H74  L53

Judy and I have met so many friendly and interesting people during our RV travels and workamping over the last five years but truth be told no one touched our hearts like “The Texas Boy”.

Texas Boy

His name was Richard, but he would tell you right quick he was a Texas Boy, so we all called him Texas Boy, even though he was from CA. He was a person who you would remember the first time you met him and sadly, the last time. Both times, we managed to have him in tears. Judy commented on all the Elvis memorabilia in the office on our first day.  As it turned out, his brother who was a huge Elvis fan had passed away a few years back and he still grieved. The day we left in Oct. Judy and I stopped by the office to say our good byes and it was too much for the Texas Boy.  Of course we felt terrible both times.

The Texas Boy wore an  Alpen Rose shirt like all the workampers. He loved to ride in the golf carts with us but he wasn’t allowed to drive it. He had a walkie talkie but we took the batteries out so it didn’t work. He had a clipboard with a list of all the arrivals and departures but could not read them. He greeted all the guest with a friendly welcome and “how are you”. The ladies usually got a tip of his cowboy hat. The Texas Boy loved to sing karaoke though he seldom got the words right and was a tough act to follow because he always got a standing ovation.

The Texas Boy loved to fish,   Richard fishing2

Judy and I received word that The Texas Boy has passed away.  He was sixty nine and passed away in Texas.  He will be truly missed by all that knew him.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

A Small Get-Together with Super Sun Shuffler Friends.

Mesa, AZ             H67 (cloudy)  L52

Judy and I hosted a long over due get-together with many of our “Super Sun”  friends recently. Although, we now spend the winter months in our home in Sunland Springs Village we continue to maintain strong friendships with our friends from Superstition Sunrise RV Resort, where we stayed the two previous winters in our RV. We are only about two miles away and I still sneak over and play in their morning shuffleboard league occasionally. Judy gets invites to the “girls only socials”.  Mostly, I see many of  them on the tournament circuit. A big shout-out to Cheryl M. for introducing me to tournament play two years ago in the “Do It, Done It” tournament.

Below are a few pics;

party food a 17

Party 17 b       Party 17 c

Party 17 Pat               Party 17 Kathy L

Party 17 Neil  Lilla

Party 17 Loraine           Party 17 Moe  Dick

Party 17 h         Party 17 g


Party 17 Keith

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year

Mesa, AZ         H 52   L 45 Scattered Showers

The New Year sure got here quickly.  As I was thinking about it, I realized Judy and I have been back in AZ for three months and I haven’t written a blog entry since getting back. 

We stay so busy here during our winter stay.  Judy and I go our separate ways in the morning and join back up in the late afternoon.  She plays pickleball and I am involved with shuffleboard daily.  I have competed in six tournaments so far and will be in one almost every week until mid March.

Lots of thisdo it Tourn 2 A[2]

In November we went to GA to visit family and pick up some items we had stored when we sold our house and just lived in the RV. We had a great time visiting our family and seeing friends we haven’t seen for three years. We returned to AZ the last week of Nov.

Judy and I have had a full social calendar attending many “get togethers” and having friends over for evening wine/cocktails. In our retirement community folks are always available.

During our time in Colorado, Sunland Springs Village had some new additions. The Sunland Springs Village Golf Club had a new 1440 sq ft covered patio addition. It is a great place to relax after a round of golf or just watch sporting events with friends.  Judy was happy that eight new pickleball courts were completed bringing the total number of courts to twelve.

New Pickleball Courts   pb courts

Golf Clubhouse

Before Addition                                   Addition added

golf club ssv        SSV golf patio

glf patio

Only three months left until we head out in April. I am sure Judy and I will stay busy recreating.  These six months fly by. That is why we live here though.

That is all for now.  Thanks for stopping by

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Workamper Season is Over

Mesa, AZ     H95  L75

When the temps fall to the 20s & 30s, even if it is only at night, it is time to head south.  Our time at Alpen Rose RV Park is now done and we have gone to our winter location for six moths of recreation. Judy and I made some wonderful workamper friends at Alpen Rose this year and hope to see all of them back when we return in April.

Hitched up and Ready to Roll   Alpen 2 Mesa 1

We got a late start Wed. (about noon) from the park but we only planned to drive to the KOA in Holbrook, AZ. The drive was about 270 miles and we arrived about 5:30 PM at the KOA. We did pick up an hour. After a good night rest we left Holbrook at 9:00 AM Thurs to finish the remaining 160 miles to Mesa. Judy and I pulled up in front of our house in Sunland Springs Village at 12:45. We plan to take advantage of the 48 hr RV parking rule to unload most of our stuff off the Fifth Wheel and then take it to the RV storage lot.

Alpen 2 Mesa 4      Good to see the Superstition MTS.

Just arrived Home    Alpen 2 Mesa 5

It didn’t take Judy long to get back into the swing of things, Friday  she was at the Pickle Ball courts by 7:00 AM! Since the temps are still pretty warm they start play around 6:00 AM through Oct. I hope to start playing shuffleboard by Monday.   Judy Pickle ball

* A lot of people ask us, “What is Pickleball?” Click here for an explanation of the game.

Click here for short video.


That is all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

One last trip to Silverton

Alpen Rose RV Resort, Durango Colorado   H71  L35

Sunday Judy and I headed up into the high country.  We are rapidly reaching the end of our time here and wanted to go view the fall foliage. The colors were brilliant throughout our drive up to the 10,350 feet elevation of Silverton.  The mountains have already received the first snowfall of the season.  Judy and I had a great time.

Below are a few pictures.

Fall drive 1     Fall Drive 2

Fall drive 3     Fall Drive 4

Fall drive 5

Fall drive 6     Fall Drive 7

Fall Drive 9     Fall Drive 8

Fall drive 12

Fall drive 13     Fall Drive 14

Judy and I are down to our last 10 days so we will be working on getting ready to head south.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Day Trip: San Juan Mts. Jeeping Excursion

Alpen Rose RV Resort -  Durango, Colorado    L45  H 80

I cannot emphasize  how much Judy and I have enjoyed our workamping experience here at Alpen Rose RV Park.  The area offers unlimited recreational and entertainment opportunities not to mention the best summer climate we have experienced in our five years of summer workamping.

The leadership team at the park has worked hard to ensure that all the workampers have a great workamping experience as well as a fun time. Thanks to managers Joan and Bob and Workamper supervisor, Jim for all you have done.

Recently, Judy and I had the opportunity to join Jim on a jeeping excursion up and over the San Juan Mts in his Jeep Wrangler.  The trip took us from a 6500 foot elevation to a high of 13,400 feet via Forest Service roads open only to 4 wheel drive/off road certified vehicles. Joan and Bob also brought fellow workampers Kay and William on the excursion. They traveled in Joan’s Jeep Commander.  I must add that all the workampers had the chance to take this excursion with the leadership team throughout the season. Most did.

Thanks to Jim (R) and Joan & Bob for a fun day.


Jeepride 2      JeepRide 29 Joan Bob

Below are some pics. (Click to enlarge)

Heading Up

jeepride 3      Jeepride 4


Jeepride 5

Up High

Jeepride 6           Jeepride 7

JeepRide 8         JeepRide 10

JeepRide 12

JeepRide 14      Jeepride 15

JeepRide 24      JeepRide 18

Jeep Ride 11

JeepRide 27    JeepRide 26

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