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Home in Casa Grande

November 27, 2015 Posted by Deb

We pulled into our new home in mid-October with the assistance of Ranger Sydney. This place is so big, 2,500 units and growing, that they have round the clock staff (called rangers) to check you in and show you where your lot is. We came down the hill from Flagstaff running over 4,000 rpm on the V10 and pushing 85 mph at times. We tapped the brakes only about 3 times when traffic got in front of us. They told us a gas powered RV would be challenging in the mountains but we held our own. Don’t know if we want to go back up that grade, though.

RV_CasaGrandePalm Creek has whole buildings for sewing, woodworking, and a split building for pottery and stained glass. There are rooms for poker, billiards, silversmithing, along with others we haven’t discovered yet. There is an R/C flying field and they have applied to Guinness for the world record for contiguous pickleball courts (34). I heard the Villages in Florida has more (in the 120’s) but they aren’t together.

We joined the pickleball madness, hiking, and biking. I took the “indoctrination” for my woodworking “Bucky Beaver” badge and Deb signed up for quilting. They told her that her graphics weren’t centered properly and she said “They teach you to center everything in Home Ec class, this is what they teach you in art class.” I don’t think the instructor ever had anyone talk back at her before.

Pickleball at Palm Creek

Pickleball at Palm Creek

HikingAZ-DebHikingPicketPost-ChuckThe Nationals have come and gone. Well over 2,000 matches in seven days and every age bracket and skill level. The regular season starts in December with round robin signups by skill level and we hear the courts are pretty full from 8:00 a.m. until quiet hours at 10:30 p.m. Through October and November we have been entering mixed round robins. The Shootout challenges start in December and that is when we will get an official ranking. Until then, we’re just lying about how good we are.

USAPA Picketball Nationals

USAPA Picketball Nationals

Florida, Arizona, San Carlos in 30 Hours

The boat needed some TLC and the watermaker needed to be re-pickled so I flew to Ft. Lauderdale alone for a week to do chores and line up a few contractors. It was very weird jumping from AZ at 39 percent humidity to Ft. Lauderdale at around 86 degrees and 84 percent humidity. That was after the cold front hit. It was also very weird being back on the boat after five months. On the return, one night’s sleep and off to Mexico by car.

Sonny's Dock in Ft. Lauderdale

Sonny’s Dock in Ft. Lauderdale

Rosalee in Mexico

We met Fred and Rosalee in the DR in 1994 while waiting for weather to cross the Mona Passage to Puerto Rico. We’ve gotten together periodically every since. Fred died a little while ago but Rosalee carries on the party with her large pet and feed store up in Paradise, CA, and condo and boat down in San Carlos, Mexico. We were only six hours away so we dropped in on her for a few days. We both think that she has an incredible location in San Carlos and are thinking about options for ourselves. Oh … we played pickleball there as well.

View from Rosalee's Condo

View from Rosalee’s Condo

Jimmy Buffet Clone on the Beach in San Carlos

Jimmy Buffet Clone on the Beach in San Carlos

Window Rock from the Rosalee

Window Rock from the Rosalee

Sunday Brunch on the Boat

Sunday Brunch Gang on the Boat

Dolphins!!!

Dolphins!!!

Prop Wash

Prop Wash

Soggy Peso in San Carlos, Mexico

Soggy Peso in San Carlos, Mexico

Memories of Soggy Peso in Isla Mujeres

Memories of Soggy Peso in Isla Mujeres

Sunset over San Carlos

Sunset over San Carlos

Tom Turkey is Saved with our Salmon and Salad Thanksgiving Dinner

Tom Turkey is Saved with our Salmon and Salad Thanksgiving Dinner