Winter In Phoenix travel blog

Having fun on another hike, this time the Lost Goldmine Trail

This is the kind of terrain we were on, lots of ups...

Our foggy last day of golf together, started the morning like this

And finished like this, a beautiful blue sky

Another hike, The Hawes Loop, where we've walked from, you can see...

A Pin Cushion Cactus, the fruit do look like pin heads

Farewell Phoenix, the Usery Mountains and the warmth, we'll see you in...

We're home!

Brought a book from the airport, Nana was happy to cuddle and...

Continuing Christmas traditions, Niki and her dad work on a puzzle

Aaron and Opa start on a new train track layout

Sneaking a peek on Opas laptop, where is Santa, while Opa snoozes

All the animals Michelle made this summer, lots of love in these...

And on Boxing Day, Michelle went from this....

To this! Hair donation cut, and with a little tidy up on...

Charlotte & Emery play with their bears

Of course Mike made time to bottle the wine we'd started at...

Also managed to fit in a drive through the Festival of Lights,...

On our last day we celebrated our grandson's birthday. His cake had...

Farewell Ottawa, our plane waits for us as the sun sets on...

Not sure which mountain it is, part of the Usery or the...

The Salt River, which part of the trail follows

The sun decided to shine on the mountain, just for a little...


Now that we are back in Arizona for the rest of the winter, let’s go over what has happened in the past ‘almost’ 2 months since we last posted. Both of us continued our hobbies of painting and knitting. Michelle had been busy knitting socks for all the little kids for Christmas – even on the plane as we headed home for the holidays, right to the last minute to get them all done. Michelle had also made some teddy bears for the kids (big and small) from both our mom’s mink coats, a project she worked on all summer back in Ottawa before we left. Before heading home we managed to squeeze in a few extra activities – we played pickleball, Michelle did some glass fusion classes, took 2 Step dance lessons (that will come in handy as we are getting too old to polka to everything that’s faster than a waltz), we went on a couple more hikes into the foothills around the area (the Lost Goldmine Trail and the Hawes Loop Trail), went to the RV parks’ Christmas Craft show and in the time we’ve been here we managed to play about 20 rounds of golf before heading home for Christmas.

As we got closer to the time for us to leave Phoenix, Mike was becoming the ever observant weather man – watching for what we would have to transition to, from our sunny and warm life in the RV. Turns out for the most part, while we were back in Ottawa with the family, the weather was unusually nice and warm (for them!)… now at the end of our holiday two weeks later, in just the hours after we left Ottawa, the temperatures dropped into the -18C’s (that’s below 0F for our American friends) but we didn’t care by then, we were already on our way back to the sunny south. While we were with the kids, we endured (such a hardship!) 4 tiny children under the age of 3 for a number of days, we all got sick with sniffles sneezing, coughing and head colds, and we found the time for our required dentist and doctor appointments to last us until we return in the spring. Michelle got lots of cuddle times with the GBs as Mike calls them, the grandbabies, but Michelle calls them the G&Gs, the Grands (Aaron, Charlotte & Emery) and the Great (our great nephew, Sloan). And a big thanks to our daughter & son-in-law for allowing us to stay with them!

Since we got back ‘home’ here in Mesa Arizona, we have been busy getting organized, taking the bike trailer to replenish the liquor stocks and some food as well. We’ve been out again golfing 2-3 times a week and it’s the season for buying party tickets for all the socials that the park has for us residents over the next few months. (Those dance lessons will come in handy as I said). The pool has been wonderfully warm, even though a few of the mornings have been frosty, it still is shorts and tee’s weather by noon.

Just before we flew back south, the weather in Phoenix had been cold, raining and storming for a few days. Our first morning back, when we woke up, we looked out the window at the mountains to the east of town and they were covered with snow. It was odd to be out golfing with the palm trees and cactus around us and to be looking up to see the white on the distant hills. Of course, it didn’t last long, we had some more rain, and since then the weather has been mostly sunny, pleasant and the snow has long since gone away (Good Riddance says Mike).

As we get back into our boring routine of classes (we tried Tia Chi this week, don’t think Mike is coming back for any more of those lessons) there is always something to do here, we look ahead for when our daughter, son-In-law and the most wonderful grandson come to visit us here at the park in mid February. Till then we will work on our sun tans, perfecting our skills at getting birdies on the golf course (here every time someone gets a birdie in your group during the golf game, the group has Birdie Shots - shots of some kind of liquor – today Mike had 3 birdies in his group … no one knows if the group played better or worse after that).

Being Phoenix, the RV park is primarily just a fine gravel area with paved roads and concrete pads that we each have and use as patio’s for parking golf carts. Mike has taken to going out and with the rake doing his Zen gardening - making patterns in the gravel around our bus. Life is tough when your old and retired. The park is starting to fill up, we’ve lost our view of the Superstitions and the one Rec complex we could see, as more rigs pull in and get closer. We still have two empty spots across the street, and one next to us, but since we're seeing two or three coming in every day, we’re sure they’ll fill up soon.

One new problem that has come up… every so often we start the engine to the bus, because that is what everyone says you should do. Well, before we left for the holidays back in Ottawa, Michelle turned the key to the bus and … nothing. The lights sort of came on but no grrrrr grrrrr, no click, no nothing. So now that we are back it may be something that we need to have a look at. Mike figures we don’t need the engine until it’s time to leave and that’s not for another 3 months… what could go wrong?



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