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Jan 1, 2019 - Usery Mountain Regional Park (12/21 - 12/25/18)

We have stayed in Mesa twice before, but were unable to get into Usery. This time we were lucky to get a site for 5 days!! This is an absolutely beautiful desert park. The sites are far enough apart to feel like you have your own space. There is a trail from the back of our site to the bathhouse. The first afternoon I found a nice trail that went to the visitor center and took it. It was about a mile each way and was a wonderful walk through the desert. That evening we went to Fort McDowell Casino. Tim and Joanne got into a poker tournament...

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Dec 30, 2018 - Christmas week at Ranchos Val Vista Resort

Here we are ending another week in Ranchos Val Vista Resort. Another fun week with new friends to celebrate the Christmas Season with. As much as we missed spending the holidays with our kids, it was a full fun time in Arizona. Christmas week started off with Joanne and I putting on a Christmas Breakfast for a few of our neighbours. A great time was had by all and everyone of course ate too much and enjoyed a few Bubblies and Special Coffees to end the meal. Weather wise we lucked out at about 24c / 77f which was perfect for cooking and...

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Dec 24, 2018 - Our quiet week in Mesa

We've spent a relatively quiet week in Mesa, our daily Bocci games in the mornings with Bocci again on Thursday evening. Always a great time with usually 30-40 players each time out. We've entered the Val Vista Fun Bocci Tournament with a couple from Ontario, it will be a full day of Bocci Games, Food, Visiting and no doubt the 'odd beverage' throughout the day of Jan. 17th. We also took in the Val Vista Sales dept. open house. Lots of various size homes for sale and although we gave it a great deal of thought...it's not really for us, as...

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Dec 15, 2018 - Week ending Dec. 13th at Val Vista Resort

We started our week with another Hiking Club trip this time to Lost Dog Trail in Scottsdale, Arizona. The trail was considerably rough compared to last week but the views were amazing. Once we reached the summit, the view was indescribable overlooking the Scottsdale Valley. The next day we had dinner out with friends from across the street from us where they chose the Murphy's Law Irish Pub in Chandler, Arizona. OMG the most amazing Fish and Chips we've ever had in such a unique Irish Pub. The walls were decorated with $1.00 bills from...

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Dec 9, 2018 - Another week at Val Vista Resort

Another great week at Val Vista Resort. Completed our Christmas Decorations for our contribution to the Ranchos area lights display. There are so many beautiful displays but we managed to do our part. We had our first Hiking Trip with the Tuesday Hiking Club out to an area called Wild Horse Pass Trail, unbelievable experience. So thankful we decided to join the group. The hike was approximate 5 miles round trip with a slight incline but the views were amazing and yes we did see two different packs of wild horse. Spectacular is the only way...

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Dec 1, 2018 - Another Great Week in Val Vista Village

We've had another great week in Mesa, Arizona. Starting off with Bocci games most mornings ( we've also entered a Bocci Fun Tournament for mid January with friends Maureen and Robert Morrow from Ontario)...our mornings followed by an hour or so at the pool taking in the fabulous sun rays. This week also found us going out for dinner with our neighbours, Dick and Shirley Davies who have taken us under their wing (so to speak) showing us around the City of Mesa along with pointing out the great spots around town to visit. Another visit to the...

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Nov 26, 2018 - It's winter back home

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...

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Nov 25, 2018 - Our First Week In Mesa, Arizona

Just WOW.... An absolutely fantastic time at Val Vista Villages in Mesa, Arizona. We've met so many wonderful new friends and neighbours, which we will continue to correspond with after our Snowbird Days have passed. Special thanks has to go to Patricia and Kay Fisher ( permanent residents of Val Vista Ranchos ) who've made our visit to the resort so comfortable. We took a tour around the resort to familiarize ourselves with 'what is where' etc., a very large 3 section resort consisting of Val Vista Villages, Fiesta and Ranchos (where we...

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Nov 18, 2018 - Here We Are In Mesa, Arizona

We arrived safely into Mesa, Arizona and immediately went straight to Costco for essentials. (Liquor is so damn cheap, we of course stocked up) then from there we loaded up on groceries at a Super Walmart and headed over to Val Vista Villages (Ranchos #31). So super impressed with the resort, everyone is so friendly and check in could not have been any smoother. We were guided to our pull thru spot and got all set up quickly into an ideal location. Took a break for dinner then started unpacking the essentials. The next day we had...

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Nov 10, 2018 - Getting settled, enjoying the heat and citrus

We've been here a week now and we're starting to settle in. We've done some bike rides to get groceries and libations; thankful for Mike buying the bicycle trailer this summer, a great way to carry all of it! The beginning of the week was hot, 83f (28c) for four days, then the wind picked up for two (that means awning in and everything else stowed, Michelle found a sandal under the bus, lol, she'll put them away next time), and now it is a little more seasonal, around 75f (24c). If you aren't in the sun, it almost feels cool, as the...

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Winter In Phoenix

Nov 5, 2018 - From Forest to Desert

Our last day of travel started with a beautiful sunrise, so Michelle was running in and out to get pictures. Of course we were up early again, so we were on the road before 8. We left Homolovi State Park, drove through Winslow again (but didn't stand on the corner), and followed a highway that was not an interstate. Mike had found this road, rather than driving all the way to Flagstaff and driving the highway we drove four years ago, we'll take 87, a one lane each way road, with no shoulders, through the mountains outside Phoenix. We only...

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May 27, 2018 - Our 2018 Summer Trip

Our Summer 2018 Trip Our trip this summer has two parts: first we’ll do some sightseeing with a stop in Rangely, Colorado where Maryann will sing in the “Tank” which will be recorded; then we’ll stay in Munds Park, Arizona. The trip begins Sunday May 27th. The sightseeing portion, which include stops in New Mexico, Western Colorado, Southern Utah and Northern Arizona, ends July 9th. We’ll stay at Munds Park from until September 15th. Our new truck and trailer will make traveling easier and setups quicker.

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