Posts Tagged: ‘Casa Grande’

Wrapping Up 2016

December 20, 2016 Posted by Deb

We’ve been thinking about Neytiri for awhile now. The chilly Arizona mornings when we are trying to get the joints working for Pickleball are good triggers for thinking about warmer places.

Palm Creek Pickleball Clinic

Palm Creek Pickleball Clinic

Hours Spent on the Courts

Hours Spent on the Courts

Nighttime Stealth Flying – Management at Palm Creek Wasn’t Fond of This

Nighttime Stealth Flying – Management at Palm Creek Wasn’t Fond of This

2400 Feet Over Phoenix at South Mountain Park - One More Hike Squeezed In with Ron & Barb

2400 Feet Over Phoenix at South Mountain Park – One More Hike Squeezed In with Ron & Barb

We have been packing and making little Guatemala stashes for a month and we will still forget something. Right now, we’re wondering if we packed the VHF. We also have to get all the boat parts on our list. We are going to Honduras via Iowa because we can hit Christmas with the relatives and it is $600 cheaper than Phoenix. We should have sent all the boat parts to Deb’s sister Cindy because we have barely enough luggage in the RV to handle our exit. Our luggage collection is in the pole barn in Iowa and once we get there, we’ll be fine.

Luggage is an interesting challenge in a dual home, dual country lifestyle. Sometimes we need eight 49.5 pound bags and we’re stuck with lots of empties. Sometimes we’re caught short and have to buy more. And sometimes, we try to shove everything into what we have and the zippers and wheels break.

Of course, now that we have all the new boat parts ordered, a German is flying in to Guatemala to look at Neytiri. All plans for 2017 are suddenly subject to change.

Cousins, Nephews, Pickleball, Hiking, and

December 15, 2016 Posted by Deb

We have had visitors in Arizona (or are we the visitors?). There are relatives on Deb’s side of the family all through the area, some permanent and some transient. We got together with all of them at one time or another and did Sedona one more time.

Throwback to 1960s Knust Family in the Southwest

Throwback to 1960s Knust Family in the Southwest

Ted, Ashley & Annalee Come to Arizona - Time Spent with a Little Ghost Whisperer

Ted, Ashley & Annalee Come to Arizona – Time Spent with a Little Ghost Whisperer

 Toys (Chuck's SUV Invention)

Toys (Chuck’s SUV Invention)

Sunset in Sedona

Sunset in Sedona

You Are Here

You Are Here

Spaceship Rock

Spaceship Rock

Chicken Point

Chicken Point

Vortexing (Maybe Faking It a Little)

Vortexing (Maybe Faking It a Little)

New Movie Promotional Photo

New Movie Promotional Photo

Cathedral Rock End of Trail

Cathedral Rock Trail Ends Abruptly

Vortexing Again

Vortexing Again

Dueling Cameras at Submarine Rock

Dueling Cameras at Submarine Rock

Where are we now?

October 25, 2016 Posted by Deb

We are in Casa Grande, AZ, spending our time hiking, biking and playing pickleball (and dreaming of getting back to the boat in Guatemala).

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Putting Neytiri Away for the Sixth Time

June 16, 2016 Posted by Deb

We’ve decommissioned in St. Martin, Curacao, Guatemala, Georgia, Florida, and now Guatemala again. There’s no escaping the fact that it takes seven to ten days of really fun work like pulling heavy sails down, oiling anchor chain, heads, and other wonderful jobs. We took breaks and hit the pool at NanaJuana often but the happy hours were lonely until the last day there when boats started pouring in for hurricane season. That was nice. We finally did the hike at Hacienda Tijax and our guide said we were the best “old people” she had seen for dealing with the heat and humidity. For us, it was cool in the jungle compared to working on a boat. Once we moved to our final storage location in Cayo Quemado, the air conditioning was stowed and we cooked at 97°F with 87% humidity for the final teardown.

Oiling the Anchor Chain in the Guatemala Heat

Oiling the Anchor Chain in the Guatemala Heat

NanaJuana Pool Time

NanaJuana Pool Time

Swing Bridge at Hacienda Tijax

Swing Bridge at Hacienda Tijax

Found a Spot for a Skinny Dip

Found a Spot for a Skinny Dip

Old People Hikers

Old People Hikers

Saturday Market in Fronteras

Saturday Market in Fronteras

How to Cross the Road

How to Cross the Road

Tucked Away for Another Day

Tucked Away for Another Day

Honduras

Deb pieced together a cab to San Pedro Sula in Honduras followed by a flight to Phoenix via Dallas.

Trip from Rio Dulce to San Pedro Sula in Honduras

Trip from Rio Dulce to San Pedro Sula in Honduras

Breakfast Under Coca-Cola Mountain??

Breakfast Under Coca-Cola Mountain??

We had a two-hour window to switch planes, and we missed by about 12 hours. It’s funny that we made all our sailing deadlines for three months and a little storm over Dallas blew the endgame. We waited until 2:00 a.m. for a crew to show up for our plane; and as they walked up to applause from the crowd, they announced that they had “timed out” and the flight was cancelled. We found a hotel for the night and cancelled our reservations for a car and hotel in Phoenix. They were pretty nice about refunding some of our money. The next day we slept in and did our first UBER ride to the airport. It was $45 for a taxi to the hotel, and we split a $16 dollar fair back to the airport the next day with UBER. Wow!

Casa Grande

Both the town and the RV were right where we left them. The difference was that Palm Creek, where we did the early winter last year, was a ghost town. We found the odd human at the pool from time to time but 119°F for three days kept the few that still lived in the RV park inside. We ran 48 amps of A/C around the clock and the refrigerator pretty much gave up trying. It was nice to be back in the land of big box stores but the ghost town RV Park had us feeling like we late getting out of Dodge. We headed up the hill (8% grade) to Flagstaff and the V10 got a workout. We did not need A/C again until we got out into the flats of New Mexico and Kansas.

An Entire Wall at Palm Creek Labelled Romance

An Entire Wall at Palm Creek Labelled Romance

Lake Afton in Kansas - Almost Home

Lake Afton in Kansas – Almost Home

Propane Fill - Short Hose Workaround

Propane Fill – Short Hose Workaround

Staging in Iowa

We stop for a week or so at the pole barn in Iowa where we store all our summer toys. Oh … and the odd car and van. This year we’re extending the layover to attend a birthday party for the kids of nieces and nephews. It feels like they were kids themselves just a few years ago. Tick Tick.

Our Private Trail Got Popular. Great Western Trail from Martinsdale to Des Moines

Our Private Trail Got Popular. Great Western Trail from Martinsdale to Des Moines

Calorie-Positive Biking at Cummins Tap – Great Western Trail

Calorie-Positive Biking at Cummins Tap – Great Western Trail

Deb Even Took Time Help Out with Bible School

Deb Helped Out with Vacation Bible School

Sunday Pool Day with the Family in Iowa

Sunday Pool Day with the Family in Iowa

Closing Out Arizona

December 28, 2015 Posted by Deb

PSX_20151227_172449-700x700Arizona was an experiment. It’s been a whirlwind of “active adult” activities since mid-October and our pre-conceived notions about these places were pretty much all wrong. We liked it here and are sad about leaving. We met some nice folks and unlike sailing, we may never see them again (unless we come back). PSX_20151227_175306PSX_20151227_175416PSX_20151227_180341Of course, leaving from here for New Zealand presents its own set of challenges. We are leaving the RV in storage here until June. We are flying from New Zealand to Ft Lauderdale to get on the boat. So …. We aren’t hauling our filing system, laptops, hard drives, some clothing, misc electronics, and other stuff to New Zealand with us so we have to put together a shipment from AZ to FL for all that stuff. We also have to pickle the RV since it gets cold here and hire an RV watcher. On top of that, someone stole our slot in storage after we’ve been paying for it for months and not using it just to make sure we had a slot. Oops. They found another spot for us and gave us a month free for the hassle. We put saw horses on the slot so no one would take it and they got stolen. Oops.

Christmas, 2015

Deb flew to Iowa for her large family function which included activities like ice skating, old fashioned country church Christmas program, breakfast and lunch with Aunt Dorothy, annual Christmas volleyball games, party prep with sister Cindy, Star Wars movie with cousins, and catching up with lots of family and friends. I stayed here to work on the RV and deal with some pickleball commitments. Oh … we needed to barbeque up the rest of the hot dogs, salmon, and shrimp before we leave.PSX_20151227_180113

Guess Who Takes After Her Great Aunt Debbie

Guess Who Takes After Her Great Aunt Debbie

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While Deb Was Away

While Deb Was Away

Sedona, AZ

Sedona is kind of the AZ wonderland with magnetic vortexes, healing powers, and red rocks everywhere. We arranged a timeshare at the Wyndam for the cost of a cheap motel and had a Jacuzzi in the room. We hiked everday and tried as many restaurants as we could. On the final morning we woke up to 5 inches of snow and didn’t hesitate to get out of town and head south.PSX_20151227_173955PSX_20151227_174257PSX_20151227_174826

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