Posts Tagged: ‘hiking’

Immigration Shuffle

February 17, 2018 Posted by Deb

Sister Barb and Michael flew in from Ajijix, Mexico because they have to bail out of the country periodically. Sailors call that the immigration shuffle. They chose to visit Palm Creek to catch up on shopping and to try out some of our active community activities. We did Phoenix shopping, hiking, a local bike ride, and pickleball. A short but good visit.

First Attempt at Gourd Art, And It Fits in my Painted Tray from Panajachel Guatemala

First Attempt at Gourd Art, And It Fits in my Painted Tray from Panajachel Guatemala

Special Reserved "Eldridge" Table at the Tumbleweed

Special Reserved “Eldridge” Table at the Tumbleweed

Old-Time Country Western Band and Dance-Watching

Old-Time Country Western Band and Dance-Watching

Touring the Apache Trail

Touring the Apache Trail

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Dollar-Bill Wallpaper at Tortilla Flats

Dollar-Bill Wallpaper at Tortilla Flats

Hanging Out in the Desert

Hanging Out in the Desert

Palm Creek Members Tournament

We entered our first official Pickelball tournament in early February. Preparations were hampered by various injuries but Chuck and his partner Ron Tithecott came up through the loser’s bracket to defeat the team that sent them down and then take on an undefeated team in the finals. That meant we had to beat them 2 out of 3 and then defeat them again in a tiebreaker. We lost the first game of the final match which meant we had to win the next three games in a row. We did that for our first gold in our first tournament. Deb and Chuck dropped into the loser’s bracket in match one the next day and fought most of the way through the loser’s bracket only to come up one match short of the medal rounds. The next stop is a Woodbury Minnesota Pickleball get together in Las Vegas followed by the huge Duel in the Desert Pickleball Tournament in early March right here in Palm Creek.ChuckPickleballTournament

Gold

Gold

Tournament Medal Winners

Tournament Medal Winners

South Mountain Fat Man’s Pass Hike

One more hike. This time we had Fat Man’s Pass (so thin that many won’t fit) and a hole to crawl through. Great panoramic views of Phoenix.HikingClubonTrailHikingClubSlidingOverRocksChuckTightSpotFatMansPass

Claustrophobia

Claustrophobia

Jeff and Marti Arrive at Palm Creek

Jeff and Marti (Jeff is Deb’s cousin), bought an RV and were planning on escaping what turned out to be a fairly nasty Iowa winter. A variety of RV issues kept them in the cold until now and they are fitting right into the active adult theme trying out and doing well at Pickleball, horseshoes, softball, the music group and have plans to try hiking, shuffleboard, the Socrates group, and Texas Hold’em. They’re running out of time for that list.

Jeff and Pickleball

Jeff and Pickleball

Marti

Marti

Rainy Day Project: Chuck in His Man Cave

Rainy Day Project: Chuck in His Man Cave

Thirteen Flights – Three Months

January 16, 2018 Posted by Deb

We sold the boat to spend more time traveling by jet … probably should have been careful what we wished for. The plan was to go to Iowa for Christmas and Deb’s family, Mexico on Christmas Day through New Year’s for Chuck’s family, a breather is AZ for a few days followed by a trip to Destin, Florida, for Chuck’s 70th with the Borchert clan. A bit challenging, and we both ended up with airplane flu but at least it waited until after the birthday party.

Last Hike 2017 – The Petroglyphs

These desert hike shots all look the same but the petroglyphs are unique. We stayed with the slow group for the petroglyph portion of the trail and liked their pace and the frequent breaks. May be a clue in there somewhere.

Petroglyphs Hugh Norris Trail

Petroglyphs Hugh Norris Trail

How Many Engineers/Computer Guys Does It Take to Find the Trail?

How Many Engineers/Computer Guys Does It Take to Find the Trail?

Christmas in Iowa

This is a can’t miss for Deb and its quite an event. The focus is now about two generations down from us and sometimes we’re the oldest in the room. But that’s OK. We had our time when we covered the nighttime living room in her family farm home with sleeping pads and cousins in every direction.

Gingerbread Houses are Being Engineered

Gingerbread Houses are Being Engineered

Some of Those Guys Can Really Jump

Some of Those Guys Can Really Jump

Haven't Had to Scrape Windows Like This for a Long, Long Time

Haven’t Had to Scrape Windows Like This for a Long, Long Time

Christmas and New Years in Mexico

Chuck’s sister Barb and Michael have lived in Ajijic (pronounced Ah-hee-hee’) about 40 minutes from Guadalajara for a half year now and brother Bill started the ball rolling for a group visit. He flew in from Anchorage and we flew in from Des Moines. The town was a hit, the weather was perfect, the food was excellent and everywhere. Ajijic is on 50-mile long Lake Chapala and is surrounded by mountains. Its altitude is about like Denver and the year around temperature bounces around 77F. There are around 30,000 ex pats living in the area.

Barb & MIchael's Back Yard Garden

Barb & Michael’s Back Yard Garden

Male Pole Dancers on the Malecon

Male Pole Dancer Ritual on the Malecon

Negotiating for a Boat Ride

Negotiating for a Boat Ride

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Folk Dancers at the Restaurant

Folk Dancers at the Restaurant

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Hiking on Mezcala Island

Hiking on Mezcala Island

Cat Attack When We Brought Out the Alaskan Smoked Salmon

Cat Attack When We Brought Out the Alaskan Smoked Salmon

Hiking on the Mountain Over Ajijic

Hiking on the Mountain Over AjijicDebHikeShrine

This Guy is Everywhere on His Horse, Even Takes It Into the Bars

This Guy is Everywhere on His Horse, Even Rides It Into the Bars

An Afternoon in the Hot Thermal Baths

An Afternoon in the Hot Thermal Baths

The Traditional Hot Dog BBQ Wherever We Are

The Traditional Hot Dog BBQ Wherever We Are

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Annual Arizona Relative Reunion – Phoenix

It’s been going on for awhile but we’re in Arizona now so we get to attend. Pizza, pickleball, bocci ball, and beer at Kerry and Cathy’s complex in Mesa. Deb saw relatives she hadn’t seen in 30+ years.GolfCartCathys

Sailing Reunion in Arizona - Gayle Suhich and Todd Duff Stopped By on Their Way to New Zealand to Buy a New Boat

Sailing Reunion in Arizona – Gayle Suhich and Todd Duff Stopped By on Their Way to New Zealand to Buy a New Boat

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A Big Number

We have vacationed with Deb’s cousins for decades so we accepted an invitation to join the group in Destin, FL for the big birthday event. We flew in did a fair job of eating our way down the coast. We loved the 30A stretch and would have biked it if we had had good weather. We got in on a real break in the cold weather but the cold did catch us on the last day.

Birthday Celebration at LuLu's (owned by Jimmy Buffet's Sister)

Birthday Celebration at LuLu’s (owned by Jimmy Buffet’s Sister)

A Project Boat?

A Project Boat?

The Emerald Coast View from Ron & Barb's Balcony

The Emerald Coast View from Ron & Barb’s Balcony

Picked Up a Pickleball Game in Destin

Picked Up a Pickleball Game in Destin

We Don’t Take Tests

December 11, 2017 Posted by Deb

Sunset at Palm Creek

Sunset at Palm Creek

Well, actually, we do. The Palm Creek Pickleball Club determined there were too many people in the 3.5 skill group and some of the ladies complained that there were too many that were not good enough to be in 3.5. So, all the 3.5 folks are getting tested and the failure rate is around 40%. This, of course, caused a bit of an uproar in the club. One argument is that “I paid lots of money to come here for the winter, and I want to play with my friends and not be dictated to.” The other argument is that “We’re going from 900 to 1,400 members and they are correct about the wide range of skills competing in the 3.5 group. The skill requirements for 3.5 have been posted for years.”PalmCreekPickleball

So … we tested. They test 16 at a time with eight judges with clipboards. The drills are ten forehand, backhand, serves, serve returns, third shot drops, and dink followed by an observed game. The shots have to be in a certain place on the court and usually deep. We’re talking about people being tested who haven’t had a test of any kind in decades and there were a lot of deer-in-the-headlights facial expressions.

Hiking AZ

We hiked the Sabino Canyon Phone Line trail and The Wild Mustang Trail in the Tortalita Mountains with the Hiking Club. On the Sabino they advertised a tram ride, and we were anxious to get into a Colorado ski resort gondola and go up a mountain. A “tram” in AZ is a bit different. We also hiked the Superstitions with Ron and Barb when they came to Phoenix for a month.

Palm Creek Hiking Club

Palm Creek Hiking Club

Sabino Canyon Tram

Sabino Canyon Tram

Sun Peeking Over the Sabino Canyon

Sun Peeking Over the Sabino Canyon

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Edging Along the Phone Line Trail

Edging Along the Phone Line Trail

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Saguaros on the Wild Mustang Trail

Saguaros on the Wild Mustang Trail

Crested Saguaro: Some speculate that it is a genetic mutation. Others say it is the result of a lightning strike.

Rare Crested Saguaro: Some speculate that it is a genetic mutation. Others say it is the result of a lightning strike.

Visiting Relatives

Deb has relatives in the area and more all the time. We did food events, hiking, and pickleball with Megan, Meredith, Ron, Barb, Bobby, Cathy, Kerry, Eva, and more are coming.

Hiking the Superstitions with Ron & Barb

Hiking the Superstitions with Ron & Barb

Sailing News

Neytiri is being fitted with a hard bimini, new bottom job, and a few other nice upgrades. Panache is splashing any minute, and Jacques and Annet are possibly headed to NanaJuana Marina. Dale, Kathryn and Blake on MokaKat have moved from the Bahamas to Miami and are living aboard off Dinner Key.

End of Summer

September 9, 2017 Posted by Deb

Hauling the Toys Out of the Water

We spent Labor Day weekend with the Cast Iron Canoe Club on Silver Lake in Siren, WI, at Jeff and JoAnn Buse’s cabin. Everyone brought plenty of food and we had to power eat all the hot dogs for the final meal after doing haulout chores. Sad to report that we failed to eat them all.

Chuck & Jeff Solving Problems

Chuck & Jeff Solving Problems

Lakeshore Chores

Lakeshore Chores

Who's Putting in the Most Effort Here?

Who’s Putting in the Most Effort Here?

Down to Hiking

With Deb’s broken wrist and my recent round of racquetball injuries, we’re down to hiking. We’ve knocked down Afton State Park and the Woodbury lakes for many miles while Deb waits to get the word on her wrist. In anticipation of good news, she took her bike in for all new shifters and a new derailer so she doesn’t have to twist too hard with her right hand. We’ve had Minnesota perfect hiking weather.

Hot dogs, Busch, and Ice

Hot dogs, Busch, and Ice

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Afton State Park

Afton State Park

Spending Some Family Time

Deb snuck away with a broken arm to visit family in Iowa.

The Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs

Alison Comes to Minnesota for the Granite Games

Alison Comes to Minnesota for the Granite Games

One Strong Team

One Strong Team

Madeline Island: Lake Superior

August 30, 2017 Posted by Deb

Bayfield to Madeline Island Ferry

Bayfield-to-Madeline Island Ferry

We got our Lake Superior fix again, this time with Mike and Carol at their 12th year of renting a cabin on the back side of Madeline Island. We concentrated on hiking, biking, gourmet dining, and chilling. Oh…we celebrated our 42nd anniversary at the famous Angry Minnow on the trip back.

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Mandatory Stop at Tom's Burned Down Cafe

Mandatory Stop at Tom’s Burned Down Cafe

Beachfront Accommodations with Towel Service

Beachfront Accommodations with Towel Service

Brother Bill Got Me Started on Hop Stoopid

Brother Bill Got Me Started on Hop Stoopid

Hiking on Big Bay

Hiking on Big Bay

View From the Deck

View From the Deck

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

2016 Edition of Palm Creek

November 22, 2016 Posted by Deb

Super Moon

Super Moon

cactusscottsdalehikeLots of company this year and good action from the “active” adults. We mentioned last year that our impressions of these communities were wrong. It is a Republican Convention around here but very decent folks. Deb’s doing handbag making, silver smithing, pickleball, biking, and hiking. I’m doing gliding, pickleball, hiking, biking, R/C, and the LA Fitness here about six days a week. We had two rounds of the Cast Iron group with Mark and Phyllis first followed by Yvonne, Phyllis, Cheri, Nikki, and Lisa in Sedona. Cousins Ron and Barb (our New Zealand travelling partners) are in Chandler and came down twice. Deb’s relative Eva has been here 23 years and is right down the road with a son (Scott) that Deb hasn’t seen since they were kids. And we’re not even in the prime season.

Nationals

pballnationalsThe National Pickleball tourney was here again and the entrants were well over 1,000. Our Palm Creek club put on a huge effort with hundreds of volunteers, some putting in over 60 hours. Many started in the dark and ended in the dark. The local Palm Creek roster is at 950, up from 400 last year. There were 68 signed up for the men’s medium skill bracket this morning. Its everyday all day around here.

ABBA

We had a big picnic in the park with an ABBA knockoff band. They did a fair job but three or four ABBA songs in a row is enough. We had a couple margaritas and moved on with our day.abbaevent

Hiking Sedona, Picacho Peak, and McDowell Preserve

November 20, 2016 Posted by Deb

The Cast Iron Canoe Club women made a showing in Sedona. Deb rented a nice VRBO with a Jacuzzi and the group did a power vacation in and out in a weekend. While they did Sedona, I did Picacho Peak and took glider lessons at Estrella near Maricopa.devilsbridgewithcastironcrewsedonahikingpathyogasedona

Top of Picacho Peak

Top of Picacho Peak

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Hiking the Superstitions and “The Kid”

November 4, 2016 Posted by Deb

OK, hiking pictures are pretty repetitive in the desert but we did generate a story in the Superstitions. The “kid” was taking a break near where we ate lunch in the main basin about 3+ miles up. Some of the ladies started commenting on his shoes. They were splitting out on both sides. The conversation evolved into our nomination for a future Darwin Award.The “kid” picked the shoes so water would drain out. He knew nothing about camping. He was on a mission to make three stockpiling trips to a camp that he intended to use one or maybe two nights higher up on the mountain. The stockpile is the story. He was carrying over 90 pounds that included gallons of water, a large piece of firewood (about 10 inches in diameter), a gallon can of macaroni, over 15 hand warmers, and loads of other less than helpful junk. We thought it was just BS until we saw his pack. Both hands were full of gallon jugs of water so good luck climbing. The concept of a tent and sleeping bag seemed lost on him. Worst case scenario is that he gets hurt. More probable is that he leaves a lot of litter on the mountain.

The Kid Heading Up to His Campsite for Next Month

The Kid Stocking His Campsite for Next Month

Siphon Draw

Siphon Draw