Shortly after 10:00 we pulled out of our site and headed to the sani-dump...there were no other rigs there, so we pulled right in. Unfortunately, that's as far as our luck went. Our rig has a really nifty set up for the sewer hose...it's enclosed in an arm that swings out. This time when Steve pulled out the hose, it all came out...it's supposed to stay connected inside the 'arm'. Great...this is not a good start! The upside to this is it happened before Steve opened the valve to the black tank which woud have been nasty! Steve started to bring out his tools to disassemble the arm so he could re-connect the sewer hose, but just as he started with that, two class A motorhomes came up behind us. So he put it all back...we'll have to find a spot to pull over to fix it.
As it turned out there was a spot near the gatehouse big enough to pull over...so Steve was able to get to work re-attaching the hose...
We pulled into High Chaparral RV Park, just south of Casa Grande, at about 1:00. We checked in and got directions to our site, F29. The park is nothing fancy, but it has large gravel pull-through sites with plenty of room between you and your neighbour. There is a small club house, library and laundry facilities. They have plenty of social activities, including a group that ride their ATV's out into the surrounding desert regularly.
We actually chose this park on the suggestion of Deb and Ray who have spent the past couple of Christmas Seasons here with friends from Victoria, BC. Wayne and Karen have spent their winters here for the past number of years...nine, I think. So Deb sent Karen an email introducing us...and Karen and Wayne have "taken us under their wing".
The next couple of hours were a bit of a whirlwind...between greeting Red and Pam, getting set up, meeting Karen and going with Pam to Walmart to pick up a few things. I was back just time to get my purchases put away minutes before happy hour. Steve still hadn't completed a full setup as neighbours kept popping by to check out the truck. This is a very friendly park! Our new friends, Wayne and Karen, arrived just after 4:00...bringing some lovely appetizers...Thanks so much! Shortly after getting ourselves settled, Pam and Red joined us. Left to right...Red, Pam Steve, Karen and Wayne...
Red, Pam, Steve and I continued our visit. They introduced us to a new drink..."little beer". A shooter made from a Mexican liqueur called '43' topped with a bit of whipping cream. Yum...LOL! Here is Red making them for us...
Steve and I both woke up very early Thursday morning...after tossing and turning and not being able to get back to sleep, we decided to get up. It wasn't even 5:00 yet! Sheesh!
It was a beautiful sunny day...although a little chilly. As a matter of fact, a cold front is moving through with a freeze warning forecast for tonight...temps to dip down to 27F/-3C. Daytime highs only in the mid 50'sF/mid teens C.
Steve and I went down to the club house to sign up for the Christmas events...Christmas Eve party/gift exchange and Christmas Dinner. Then to the office to sign up for the New Years Eve party. With that done, we went for a walk around the RV park.
Steve decided to fill the water tank and disconnected the hose and filters in preparation for the freezing temperatures forecast for the next couple of nights.
Since Red and Pam are leaving tomorrow, we thought we'd see if Dave and Diane (fellow RV-Dreamers) were available for lunch. They are also staying in the area. Luckily they were available , so we arranged to meet them at McMashers Sports Bar and Grill. Left to right...me, Steve, Dave, Red, Pam and Diane...
Back home, we all chilled for a few hours...seems no one had a very good sleep last night, so an afternoon siesta was in order. After that, we joined Red and Pam for a light dinner at their place...an easy soup recipe that Pam makes called 2x4 Soup. The ground meat was a mix of White Tail and Axis Deer venison Red and Jim harvested. Delicious, Pam...it hit the spot! Thanks!
The weather forecasters were right...we woke Friday morning to freezing temperatures...27F/-3C Brrr! We had left a small heater running all night...and the furnace set for 55F/13C also came on. We're certainly glad that Steve had disconnected the water. A chat later on with Karen revealed that a lot of folks didn't heed the warning and a number of water pipes burst.
Mid morning Pam and Red popped over to say goodbye. They are continuing onto an RV park in the Sun City area. After big hugs, they were off...looking forward to spending more time with you next month in Quartzsite!
Steve spent the morning reviewing the video taken the other night with his GoPro and saving still shots from it. We would have loved to just post the video on YouTube but it was almost 20 minutes long and would have taken up major data. So he was left with the task of getting pictures from it to post on the blog. While he was busy doing that, I decided to get out for some exercise...so walked all around the campground.
By late morning, he was done...now it was time to head into Casa Grande. We had a couple of propane tanks that needed filling and we also had to pick up a couple of gifts for the Christmas gift exchange party.
On our way we saw this semi...wow, that's a lot of cotton!
Our first stop was at the C-A-L Ranch Store (never heard of them before) where we were told they had the best propane price ...$2.09/gallon.
With that errand complete, we headed to Walmart...OMG, what a zoo! Luckily Steve found a parking spot in the very far corner of the huge lot for Buster. We were successful in choosing a couple of bottles from the liquor isle as gifts...then Steve went back out to the truck to wait while I picked up a few more things. It took longer to get through the line up at the cashiers than my whole shopping trip did. A smile...and great patience were paramount today!
Back home, we had a bite to eat and then went out for a walk around the campground (the second for me). The sunshine had really warmed things up and it was a beautiful afternoon. We stopped and chatted with Wayne and Karen...and found out that Gib is the fellow to talk to about joining the group for ATV rides. So we introduced ourselves to him. Everyone here at the park is so friendly and nice. He said he'd let us know when they were hitting the trails again.
Since there aren't any trees to put our Christmas lights on, Steve decided to just string them on the ground around the rig. I took a picture on my cell...it didn't turn out great, but gives you the idea...
Saturday we woke to another chilly morning...31F/-0.5C outside and 52F/11C inside.
By mid morning it had warmed up enough that we thought we'd get out for a walk...a little cardio to go with our resistance exercises we did this morning (yes, it's been awhile!). Steve took a few pictures of the RV Park. Shuffleboard, horseshoes and pickle ball courts...
Inside the clubhouse...it's a pretty small. We understand that they tried to get the building permits to build a larger one but were denied because the park is on a flood plain. Apparently many of the men meet here every morning at 6:00 for coffee...
The pool area is quite small...
We stopped and chatted with Wayne...and admired his handiwork. What a great idea for an outside clothes line.
We continued our walk along each road, look at the size of this cactus patch!
At 3:30 we headed down to Karen and Wayne's for happy hour...their neighbours, John and Sandy joined us. We enjoyed great food (including more delicious Dove) and conversation with our new friends!
Left to right...me, Karen, Wayne, Sandy and John (are from Alaska and have just purchased acreage in Montana)
Steve and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our family and friends a Very Merry Christmas!