In Search of the Perfect RV - Golf Resort
|Somewhere Over the Rainbow|
We headed south on 99 spending our first night in Turlock with Russ's niece Dana, husband Paul, and their son William. We spent an extra day in Turlock walking through the blooming almond orchards
and celebrating William's birthday with family. It was fun being with all of them.
|Left to Right - Russ, Don, Paul, Bonnie, Dana, Diane, William|
|Happy Birthday William|
It took us a few more days driving through the Central Valley to arrive at
Desert Hot Springs and the Sands RV and Golf Resort where we stayed for two weeks.
|View from our RV Site|
With the exception of the rip roaring winds, that rattled the trailer and greatly exaggerated our unintentional hooks and slices, we loved the resort. 4 or 5 star depending on the day, and we would come back. The facilities were lovely, and we were within 5 minutes from another golf course at Hidden Springs,
and take a peak up Marilyn Monroe's dress. Later in the week, we golfed with Don and Diane's long time friends, Kirk and Nancy at the Seven Lakes Golf Course.
Turns out we have lots of friends in the Palm Springs Area, former colleagues, and Colfax friends. We played golf twice with John and Lisa Demorest, visited with Katie Sandberg and son Parker
and Irv Howard from the California League of Schools, and parents of our children's Colfax School friends, Joanne Metzger, and Pat and Paul Kodet.
|Russ, Roz (photoshopped in) Joanne Metzger, John Demorest, Pat and Paul Kodet, Lisa Demorest|
Pat worked with me as an art docent/teacher when I taught fifth grade. We attended Pat's watercolor demonstration at the Bermuda Dunes Art Show,
Paul is a model train volunteer at the Living Desert. They have a wonderful model display, and we enjoyed a personalized tour of the park with Paul and Pat.
|Salton Sea and Sky|
Our time in Palm Desert area went all too quickly and it was time to move on. We drove south to Arizona past the Salton Sea.
Our next stop was the Westwind RV and Golf Resort in Yuma, Arizona. 3-4 star depending on how close to the freeway your site is situated and how avid a golfer one is. We attended a wonderful concert by Susie McIntire in the large ballroom. The resort has many ongoing activities, bar, restaurant, etc. We would pass through here again.
|Yard art out of beer cans|
While in Yuma we visited the mid-1800 Yuma territorial prison. It was a spectacularly beautiful sky day.
Interesting place to visit, but wouldn't want to stay here!
We took one excursion into Los Algodones, Mexico while we were in Yuma. The Native American Tribe operate a huge parking lot on the Arizona side of the boarder. Thousands of cars filled with Canadians and Americans park here and cross the boarder by foot every day to get prescription and over the counter medicines, glasses, dentures, implants, massage, spa, etc.
For lunch we stopped in a Mexican plaza and had a great lunch and cold beers. We enjoyed living in Mexico for five months before our Pacific crossing, and it felt great to be back. Being close to a boarder town has some great benefits. I'm sure even the man who had a bloody handkerchief up to his mouth re-entering Arizona was happy to have had all of his teeth pulled so cheaply….really? Hopefully, he bought some big bottles of tequila to drink while he waits for his dentures. YIPES!
Our next stop was Palm Creek RV and Golf Resort in Casa Grande, Arizona.
The facilities were top notch, and there were more activities than one could conceivably be involved with including tennis courts, lawn bowling, horseshoes, shuffle board, pickle ball. I took a line dancing class and attended the Mac Users group, and photography club while we were there.
The swimming pool, spas, exercise room were lovely. All of the facilities were very professional from wood shop, stained glass, pottery, quilting and sewing (an entire building), water color, painting. Russ was happy to see an active Lion's club and model yacht and airplane club. The sites are not big or beautiful, but there are palm trees at every site with concrete patios.
We are definitely coming back here and have made reservations for next January-April. For now this our favorite and definitely deserves a 5 star rating. Our only concern would be the build out of surrounding area with park model homes that may eventually affect the impact on facility use…i.e. difficulty with tee times, etc., but for now we are looking forward to going back.
While in Casa Grande, we visited the structure that is now a National Monument.
Built throughout the period of 800-1350 A.D. by the early Sonoran people, abandoned in the 1400's and rediscovered by a Spanish Padre in the 1700's and named the Great House "Casa Grande", this four story adobe structure was the center piece of a community of over 2,000 people.
The primary theory for abandonment is a large storm that flooded the area destroying the crude canals that had taken centuries to build and which the population was dependent upon to sustain their lives in the harsh desert environment.
After ten days in Casa Grande, we drove to Mesa, Arizona and the View Point RV and Golf Resort. Stopping along the way to enjoy desert flowers in bloom.
Again, this was a great place to visit. It is a smaller, older facility. The golf course was fun to play but very difficult for itinerant travelers hoping to book next-day tee times. The ballroom was huge and the View Point concert band was practicing. Of all of the places we visited, those who are musically inclined and enjoy playing music would be very impressed with this aspect of the park. The clientele here seemed much older, but perhaps that was because our fifth wheel site was in the middle of the park models where the older residents live. This park we would also rate as a 4 star.
While in Mesa, we visited our friends Herb and Betty formerly of S/V Sula and Gene and Gloria currently sailing S/V Pincoya, both fellow Puddle Jumpers of 2010. It was fun catching up with them and playing a few hands of Baja Rummy. Gene and Gloria were visiting Herb and Betty who have a lovely motor coach and have had a work kampership at the Good Life RV Park in Mesa.
|Gene, Gloria, Russ, Roz, Betty, Herb|
We listened to fine music all day in front of a variety of musical instrument displays and video playback of musicologists and well known artists playing the instruments from different cultures, countries, and eras. We too would highly recommend this as a place to visit. It was simply fabulous.
We had planned on staying another week in Mesa before heading to Las Vegas. Ed and Cornelia from S/V Acapella were coming in on Sunday the 30th and we were once again going to join up with Betty and Herb to visit and play cards. We booked tickets for Thursday, March 27 to visit Talesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright's home in Scottsdale.
But as many of you know, my father unexpectedly fell ill on Saturday and was terminally diagnosed with kidney failure on Sunday. We packed up and drove for three days to come home, arriving just 24 hours before he passed away on March 28. We were ever so thankful to spend some time with Dad before he left us. Though our travels ended abruptly and sadly, our trip was wonderful.
|Thanks Dad for imparting among other things laughter, the joy of camping and traveling, and wonderful stories that carried me over the rainbow.|