Monday, May 15, 2017

A Scenic Spring Dive to Silverton, Colorado

Durango, Colorado      H70 L37

It has been a month since Judy and I pulled into Apen Rose RV Park for our workamping season.  All of us here have been busy getting the park ready for all the RVers who will be spending time here. Most will stay for 3 or 4 days but we have a sizable number that will stay a  few months with us. So far attendance is up 7% over this time last year. Last year was the busiest year the park had ever recorded.

Judy and I took our first drive up to Silverton, Co yesterday. Silverton was a busy mining town back in the 1880’s. Tourism has replaced the mining economy now. We enjoy making the drive up to Silverton because the scenery is absolutely stunning no matter the season. Most of the shops are still closed but one our favorite eateries, “The Handlebar Restaurant” was open. Most all the businesses will be open on Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Some of our pics; Click image to enlarge.

Drive to Silverton

silverton ride 1      Silverton Ride 2

silverton ride 3      Silverton CO

Animus Valley and Animus River

Animus Valley 1      animus Valley 2

Animas River 1      Animus River 2

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Back In Durango, CO

Alpen Rose RV Resort, Durango, CO.     H65  L30

Although I have not written much about our Snowbird season (Oct-Apr) it was a very active time for Judy and I. Judy and I are busy almost daily during this time with a variety of recreational activities and social get-togethers.  I played in 13 shuffleboard tournaments and Judy was on the pickle ball courts daily and was my shuffleboard partner when I needed a female partner for mixed doubles SB tournaments.  She has informed me she is not going to be my partner next year.

Staying Busy in AZ:

Judy Pickle ball      Easter bunny 2017

ssv sb babquet1

western org mtg[4]       bbq2

bbq1     Ball game

We took our RV out of storage last Tue evening and brought it to our house and made travel preps Wed. We headed out Thurs.  Judy determined that one day RV prep time is not enough so we will plan on a two to three day prep period for next year.

getting ready 1

Although our trip to Durango, Co is only 450 miles, we split it into a two days drive. We stayed in Holbrook, AZ Thurs night at the Petrified Forest KOA.  It is just off I40. The drive is very scenic from the desert up through the Rim Country of northern AZ. 

On the way to Holbrook, AZ we saw an accident which left an 18 wheeler in a field.     20170413_142049

Leaving Friday morning we drove the remaining 268 miles to Durango via Gallup, Shiprock and Farmington NM into Colorado. Durango is only 45 miles from Farmington. We pulled into Durango at 2:30PM. Unlike last years snowy and rainy arrival at Alpen Rose RV Park the weather was sunny and warm. Our workamper neighbors from last year, AJ and Bruce arrived the day before and were waiting for us as we pulled into our site. We had a long welcome-back break and then Judy and I unhitched the RV and began getting settled. Our workamping season (Apr –Oct) for 2017 is on.


Happy Hour

 WK social 1     wk social 2

Memorial for the “ The Texas Boy”

Richards Mem 1     Richards Mem 2

20170417_071104                        Texas Boy

 Gone But Not Forgotten

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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.

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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.

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