DEC 19, SATURDAY; Apache Junction
The days are once again warming up to decent temperature, it went to low 70’s. After another lazy morning, then we went to find a Corporate Verizon store so that we could pay our bill. Once done, we bought a roasted chicken then went to Aud and Marcel’s place in Del Oro. Peggy and Paul joined us and we had dinner then walked over the Hall for another evening of dancing to the sounds of a much better Band! It all ended at 10 pm and after walking back and saying goodnight to everyone, we came home. Someone left a X-Mas present on our door steps!??? What a nice gesture!
DEC 20, SUNDAY; Visiting family
We met with Audrey and Marcel and drove to uncle Bud and Judy’s place in Chandler/Phoenix. We had a great reunion as we hadn’t seen them in over 3-4 years. They both looked fantastic although Bud is feeling his age (77) and has breathing problems. Judy cooked hot dogs, sausages and hamburgers and we had a feast. It was fun catching up to news and relive loving memories. We came back around 4 pm. It was a warm day so it made the visit even more enjoyable. Watched the tube then to bed early
DEC 21, MONDAY; Apache Junction
It was cooler today and cloudy with sunny period! We went to find the UPS drop station to pick up a letter for Val and after a few false destination and a call back to UPS, we finally found it on Inverness in Mesa. When we got here, we found out that it had gone on the delivery truck; it was supposed to stay back! Oh well, back tomorrow. Came home and Val decided to vacuum the house so I went out to read. Afterwards, I had a two hours’ nap. Chicken for dinner then we watched some of our recordings. To bed by 10 pm.
DEC 22, TUESDAY; Geo-Caching and Val’s Visa card
Cloudy and the forecast is for rain today! YUCK!!! I am so looking forward to being in San Carlos! Got an e-mail from sister Therese and responded to that this morning. We went to pick up Val’s letter that contains her new Visa card then we went Geo-Caching toward Tortilla Flats! We found 8 in total; we ran out of time J. The sky was grey and morose all day but we still had a good time. First we stopped at FILLY’s Restaurant & Lounge, a western style saloon with good food and very popular with Snow Birds and locals alike. We had a great burger and beer then we went to find our first Cache. Hwy 88 or Apache trails as it known locally, is a very scenic drive. The road follows the land contour so there are lots of curves and switchbacks. The speed limit is 25 MPH and for good reasons. We finally arrived at TORTILLA FLATS, a small settlement with a population of six, yeas 6 people! It used to be a very busy place when the Roosevelt Dam was built back in the early 1900’s. We had a beer at the saloon and some fries, looked around at the building we had forgotten about (we’ve been here a long time ago) then it was time to drive back (4 pm). Once back at Apache Junction, we went to Marcel and Audrey to pick up the drive with pictures of X-Mas that we had taken earlier. At home finally, we had a small bite to eat then relax. Tomorrow we move to Valle Del Oro in Mesa.
DEC 23, Wednesday; to Mesa AZ
Cloudy this morning, it rained overnight! We left the Park at 10:15 am and we were in VALLE DEL ORO RESORT at 10:30 am; a whole 15 minutes’ drive! Paid our dues then went to park and set up at Site 935. We then went to town to check on a glass auto to get a chip repair on the windshield which I got yesterday while going to Tortilla Flats. No luck so came back to the Park and got a number from Marcel which he had mentioned before and I called him and he will be here Sunday at 8 am. We then drove to the bank to get some cash then we went to see Glenda and Terry at VAL VISTA RESORT in Mesa. We had a marvelous reunion with them and finally got to see their new 5th-Wheel. After having a drink and catching up to each other’s news, we walked to the Hall’s Happy Hour where we had a couple more drinks and dance to Live Music. We also met with Al and Brenda and Lyn & Leo, people we’ve known for many years. It was great seeing everyone. We then walked back to the March’s 5th-wheel where we proceeded to devoured a delicious roast prepared by Glenda. Afterwards, Al and Brenda came over and Terry was a marvelous host, making sure no one was going thirsty. We also had a visit from Dennis and Gloria, friends of Glenda and Terry and whom we had met before. Like all good things, it came to an end and we drove home at 9:30 pm.
It is 10 PM and it is raining!
N 33* 23.494
W 111* 38.526