Winter In Phoenix travel blog

Mike doing his best Ronnie Hawkins imitation

There's cacti all over the park, but this is really different, a...

Mike patiently waits for the ladies ahead of us to get out...

On our hike, around the base of the Superstitions. One of the...

A Teddy Bear or Jumpin' Jack Cactus. If you just brush it,...

View from highest point of the hike, overlooking The Lost Dutchman campground,...

Listening to Music on the Green - we're one of very few...

One of our many beautiful sunsets, with the bus on the left

Another one of the 4 pools in the park, with the Usery...

Golfing 18 holes, Mike contemplates his shot on the 9th hole

Another hole in the 18 course. Despite the two photos with lots...

Another beautiful sunrise on the bus

Another pool, and two hot tubs, in the park. This is our...

Mike hard at work, listening to his DVD instructor, as he works...

Pregame show on the tv, but first a wine tasting. Despite the...


Lets just start by saying, for our family and friends back home, we feel for you all. The snow, the cold and the freezing rain... then again, that is why we chose to spend the winters here down south, to miss all that. And just so you don't get jealous, we've had a few cool nights where we've had to put on the heaters in the morning until the sun warmed things up. But of course, hours later we would then have to open the windows to cool the bus down. There is also the wind that we've had to deal with, not anything as bad as we had back during the winter we were in Texas, but it still does come up every once in a while. The other night the wind picked up after we went to bed and we had to get up and tie things down and bring in the awning... and fortunately with the full moon bright as could be, Michelle was firm that Mike had put on some clothes even though he was sure no one would be awake at 2 in the morning and see him buck naked on the ladder working on the awnings. Michael Michael Michael.

With our bikes, we've made a few grocery runs now and have discovered that things here in the Phoenix area are not as they seem. From the photos it may appear that everything is flat. Well let us assure you, NO. This city is filled with hills, long gentle, gradual angry hills. Especially when you've loaded up the bike trailer with beer, booze (there was a liquor sale - if you buy 6 bottles, it's 30% off) and other assorted food stuffs... our trailer was loaded to the max. And of course, without realizing, we had gone to a store that was downhill going and uphill coming home. Days later, the next grocery run we made, we did a bit more research and found a different store that was uphill going and a much easier down hill glide home. Boy oh boy, Mike has to work for his margaritas this year!

In three weeks we fly back home for the Christmas break. Yes, you don't want to spoil yourself while your staying down here. It will be nice to see the family and especially the grand babies over Christmas. It will be special this year with an almost three year old and three one year olds - our niece, her baby and Michelle's sister will also be up, it will be a busy family Christmas.

We've started to fall into a bit of a routine, Mike golfs Tuesdays and Thursdays in the men 18 hole leagues and Michelle catches the ladies on their Tuesday 9 hole game... and then the two of us play together on Saturday for 18 holes. Between the bike riding and the walking for golf, we are getting our exercise. We've done one hike and want to do more but Michelle has gotten involved with the glass fusion group and unfortunately, classes are on the same day as hikes are. She is learning how to make all sorts of wonderful and colourful objects... we know what everyone is getting for Christmas this year. Hopefully, once she has the basics down, she can do her own thing during open workshop times and we can resume our hikes and see some more of this interesting landscape, plants and animals.

Through Facebook, we found out that old neighbours of ours (not that any of us are old) from our Kenmore/Metcalfe curling days, have a winter home just minutes away. So they invited us to come over/stay the night for a Grey Cup party they were hosting - ahhh, it was so nice to sleep in a real bed again. A wonderful home, and if you don't do the traveling as we have been for the past few years, this is the other obvious choice to enjoy the winters south and Phoenix is perfect for that. We hope to get together again with Alix and Norm after Christmas, play some golf together and maybe even squeeze in a game of curling at the local rink here.

Michelle has her ever present knitting needles out and Mike has found his oil paints. We bought a microwave cart during a garage sale here in the park. It's working out well for him to use the cart as a painting station so he can leave his things out and it seems to help keep him motivated to paint more. Time will tell.

We'll talk again in the New Year, not much happening until we leave, and then very busy until come back again to relax! Merry Christmas, or whatever you celebrate, and Happy New Year to all! Relax, enjoy family and friends, and make lots of memories.



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