DEC 14, MONDAY; Jeep mirror repaired
Cold, Grey skies, rain and winds greeted us this morning but Val still went to her “Walk away the pounds” exercises; she is a determined girl! After showering, I went to the garage to have the new mirror installed on the Jeep. They gave me a ride back to the Resort and while walking around, I went into the card room and ended playing euchre which I hadn’t played since my Army days. It didn’t take me long to catch up to the way of playing this game which is a game I love playing. At 3:30 pm, I was picked up and taken back to the garage, settled my bill, went to and Auto Zone to buy a convex mirror then to Safeway for milk and coffee. Back home, Val had started dinner and I went through our mail which arrived today. Lots of RV magazines to read. J
DEC 15, Tuesday; Casa Grande
Mid-month already! Still very cold, only 54*F (12*C) as a high. 27*F (-3*C) when I got up this morning at 7:30 am. Brrrrrrr! Not much done today except trying to stay warm. Went for some groceries, lunch at BIG WAH (which means CHINA by the way), then home
DEC 16, WEDNESDAY; TRIP TO TUCSON
We left at 10 am for Tucson Mt LEMMON, a State Park, that I had read about and wanted to see so we did two things: Saw the Park and got a bunch a Geo-Caches along the way!
It was a long drive just to get to the foot of the mountain as we had to go through part of Tucson. As we drove up the foot of the mountain, the switchbacks started immediately. We had a fantastic view all the way up. The drive was absolutely gorgeous and spectacular, especially the VOODOOS and the rocks. We hit snow at about the 4500-foot level and it got deeper as we went up but the road was bare. Lot of families out with their kids skidding down small slope (school????). We arrived at a small village named SUMMERHAVEN, (7800 feet), a beautiful little Alpine Village. We stopped at a Souvenir boutique but bought nothing but a bumper sticker. The area had gone through a fire in the recent past as the majority of the trees were burned out and it looked like a lot of the cottages/houses had been recently built or touched-up. We continued up to the ski hill at the 8200-foot level where the road was closed to points further up and after taking some pictures, finding a couple geo-caches, we turned around and headed back down and home. By the way, we had lunch on the way up about ¾ of the way up at a side road view point. We got back at 7 pm, had a quick dinner and in bed early. Another great day!
DEC 17, THURSDAY; Last day in CASA GRANDE
-28*F again this morning but warmed up quickly to 59*F (15*C). Val did laundry and I packed our toys and stuff away. This is our last day in Casa Grande, tomorrow, we moved to Mesa. I called Mexico Bob and paid for our Mexican Insurance for 3 months. I sat outside and had the last of my bourbon with sushi as a snack for HH; Val is still at the games room. She got home soon however to cook dinner then we watched some of our recordings.
DEC 18, FRIDAY; To Mesa,
30*F when I got up this morning so things are beginning to warm up. We slowly got ready to leave and were on the road by 10:30 am. We drove north on I-10 to 202, East to HWY 60 and onto Broadway at Apache Junction to our Resort, GOLDEN SUN! We paid our dues then settled in site A04. After setting up, we drove to a friend’s place in Chandler where Marcel and Audrey were and listened to Marcel, Mark and Howard jam with Peggy singing! It was a fun end of the day and afterwards, we all went to a local golf club for dancing. We left first and drove home; I was tired, getting old I guess! Straight to bed!
N 33* 24.437’
W 111* 33.519’
We drove 61 miles in one hour and 18 minutes @ an average 47MPH