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I can't believe that it's been since August of 2016 when I last posted a blog. There's no excuse. I've just been darn lazy. When I last posted we were still in Red Bay, AL getting the damages to our coach repaired. Although we finished all of our work in a relatively short period of time we just "hung around" the area for awhile waiting to see several friends who dropped in from time to time.
We finally picked up the jacks and left on September 22 to begin our journey west toward our final winter destination here at Palm Creek Golf and RV in Casa Grande, AZ.
I'm not going to bore everything with all of the stops and details of our trek, but I'll just mention a few of the highlights along the way.
Vicksburg National Military Park.
Monahans Sandhills State Park. It was water and electric only, but we were only here for one night (wished now that we had stayed for a couple of days to explore).
We usually begin our winter stay at Palm Creek (this is our 4th year now) in the middle of October, but Karen was having a problem with a tooth so we hurried back a bit sooner to get to our local dentist. We arrived in Casa Grande, AZ on October 2nd this year!
We like Palm Creek Golf and RV Resort so much that last season we decided to sign a 2-year annual lease agreement. The advantages to us were that the park would construct an 10x12 shed with electricity and water hookups plus give us a monetary credit for the first year. Because we knew that we would be coming back for at least the length of the commitment it was a no-brainer for us. The only negative is that we continue to pay during the summer months when we're not actually here.
We took a job in "Special Events" with the Park. Little did we know that this job is somewhat of a catch-all, because Palm Creek has a lot of special events.
Back to the fun stuff. In November, Palm Creek Golf and RV again hosted the USAPA National Pickleball Tournament. My partner from last year, Bill, and I again played in the Nationals. Definitely no medals from that event, but since we both were moved up to the 4.0 skill level this year we both learned a lot and had a great time. (Sorry, no photos on this one.)
In January we decided to leave the comfort of FHUs in Palm Creek and venture out into the desert of Quartzsite, AZ to attend the 2017 OOBerfest. What is OOBerfest you might ask? It's an informal gathering of friends who follow a blog called Outside Our Bubble created by David and Brenda Bott. They happen to own a Tiffin motorhome as well, but that is not a requirement for attending their OOBerfest gatherings. For full information and some great drone videos take a look at David's posting on the event.
KOFA National Wildlife Refuge.
Hi Jolly Memorial is required. It's in the center of town located in a cemetery and is easy to get to. Rather than explain the significance of Hi Jolly to the military, I'll just post a picture of the memorial to him and the second picture will explain the significance.
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Just a few weeks ago we had our annual Palm Creek Members' Tournament. Debi and Karen played together again and won the bronze medal for their skill/age group. Way to go ladies! (It must have been all of that drilling provided by their husbands. LOL)
Hopefully, that catches up the blog for a bit without being too wordy. I had to use a lot of restraint to keep this blog as short as it turned out.
My goal is to attempt to write more often this year, but I make no promises.
Thanks again for stopping by to take a look!