Thursday, April 16, 2015

We've Been Invaded!

Posted from TT-Las Vegas, NV   (Click on Pics to Enlarge)

In my last post I talked about how folks were beginning to leave for the winter season and head back (or on) to wherever.  By early April our street was beginning to look pretty bare.

Well, around April 7th all of that began to change.  We're being invaded by "The Alfateers" and their Alfa MHs and 5th wheels.  The Alfa National Rally began April 11 and runs thru April 17th.
We couldn't nail down an accurate number, but there are supposed to be between 100 and 200 Alphas coming to the park.

The small tent is set up directly across from our rig and will be used by the group during the week.  They are due to have a number of seminars, dinners, and vendors attending the rally for service and product sales.

It was obvious that it was a signal for us to move on.  All of these Alfas have surrounded our lone Tiffin product.

Ok, before I start getting "comments" from Alfa owners,  I'M JUST KIDDING!  All of the Alfateers who we met around us were very nice folks.  They are very passionate about their choice of RV, but then again, aren't most of us.  

We have moved on, however.  Again, not because of the Alfas, but because our stay at Palm Creek is up for the season ending on April 15th.  We're heading up to the Thousand Trails in Las Vegas for a few weeks, then we'll start a slow journey eastward for the summer.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Where Has This Winter Season Gone?

Posted from Palm Creek Golf and RV Resort at Casa Grande, AZ (Click on pics to enlarge)

Wow!  Our time here in Casa Grande has truly flown by this winter.  We've been here since October 15th and we'll be moving on on April 15th.  The mass exit of the "snowbirds" has really gotten underway since April 1st.

Palm Creek had a record year for filling spaces this winter and all of these now empty spaces you see in this picture were filled with RVs not too long ago.  It's sad really as we've seen many of our friends leave, but console ourselves with the knowledge that we'll see them again next winter.

It also means that the pickleball tournament season is winding down in this area as well.  I had the opportunity to play in several tournaments this season with my two partners Ken Hague and Bill Pitzl.  Thank you to both of you guys for putting up with me.  Aside from the one medal Ken and I won in our resident tournament, Bill and I were  only able to say that we gained valuable tournament experience for the future.  (I guess that's a nice way of saying that we lost!)

The largest tournament that we played in was hosted by our own Palm Creek Pickleball Club.  The tournament was held in the first part of March and it called "The Duel in the Desert".  For comparison sake, it is the third largest tournament in the United States (behind The Nationals and the Huntsman Games) and it is the largest tournament put on by a club.  This year's tournament drew 479 players who competed in 672 matches.

These tournaments not only showcase some of the very best pickleball players around, but we had many vendors selling everything from paddles to jewelry to ice cream.

More vendors over on the adjoining outfield of the softball field.

(Photo Courtesy of Palm Creek FB Page)
This past Saturday the park held a farewell party and called it the "Aloha Party".  It was another beautiful day here and was well attended.

A group of Polynesian dancers performed, a fire dancer gave a demonstration, food was available, and a good time seemed to be had by those in attendance.

We will certainly miss all of our friends, both old and new, here in Palm Creek, but look forward to good times together again next winter season.

We've had some great times during the past six months and the sunsets never disappoint.

Thanks for dropping by to take a look!