Happy New Year

Trip Start Sep 06, 2012
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Trip End Mar 06, 2013


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Where I stayed
The Palms RV Resort Yuma
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Sunday, January 6, 2013

The mornings have been cool here, less than 10C. By early afternoon it has usually warmed up to about 20C. Everyone has been telling us that the temperatures are unusually cool but with cloudless skies we aren't complaining.

We spent one day riding a dune buggy into the desert, two hours in and two hours out. I loved being out in the desert, stopping to take pictures of the mountains and walking along a mini Grand Canyon formed when the Colorado River was re-routed. But I didn’t enjoy the ride itself, too jarring for me when riding over ruts and dry river beds. What was incredible is being in the middle of nowhere and seeing RVs boondocking, seeing 'regular’ vehicles riding along the trails, and passing by a young family target shooting. Also interesting was seeing hundreds of names written in stones along the trail. Since there aren’t any stones for miles, people actually bring them into the desert.

On the way home from the dunes, we stopped to watch workers harvesting a romaine lettuce field. They cut out the romaine hearts, put three in a cello bag, pack them in cartons, and then put the cartons into a truck. The outside leaves are left to rot in the field. The lettuce reaches east coast markets in two days. As we were watching them, the workers tossed us three bags of lettuce (nine hearts). When we were back at the resort, we gave most of it to our friends and neighbours. Too bad they weren’t harvesting steaks!

We had a fantastic New Year’s Eve along with about 500 people in the resort’s Grand Ballroom. We had a variety of hot and cold appetizers, and scrumptious desserts. The resort does not have a liquor license so there wasn’t a bar, instead everyone brought their own booze. I was a little uncomfortable walking into the ballroom with a cooler bag of wine then I saw that everyone had brought cooler bags with them. There was quite the assortment of bottles on every table. On New Year’s Day the resort had an After Party, complete with food, music, and moose milk. Greg’s job was to make the moose milk, and it was delicious.

Soon after we arrived here, the shuffleboard organizer asked if we would like to be in a three day tournament in early January. Of course I said yes. Well, this tournament was the Arizona State Tournament. So on a very cold Thursday we started shuffling, Greg’s opponent was the state shuffleboard president, and my opponent had been playing for 16 years. We were sorely outmatched and not surprisingly Greg and I both lost our first game. Then we had to play a second game. Again we were outmatched and lost. Thankfully after losing two games we were out of the competition. The games were mentally grueling to say the least and we won’t be signing up for another state tournament for quite a while.

We travelled with some friends to Los Algodones, a Mexican border town close to Yuma that caters to tourists looking for dental and medical care as well as the usual craft items. We met many Canadians and Americans here that dental work done in Los Algodones but we were skeptical and wanted to see the town for ourselves. So to get into Los Algodones you park your car in a huge parking lot on the California side and then walk across the border, no border agents, no hassle. The town was a big surprise to us. Greg and I expected dirty streets, ramshackle buildings, beggars, street children; what we have typically seen in small Mexico towns. It wasn’t like that at all. We were pleasantly surprised. The town is very clean and the people are very friendly, no harassing. The few medical offices we went into were very ‘American’. They have it all here: prescription and nonprescription drugs, eye exams and glasses, dental cleaning and filling and implants and crowns, xrays, manicures and pedicures, shoe shines, etc. and all at very reasonable prices, a fraction of what we would pay in Canada. We haven’t met anyone who isn’t happy with the care they received. Many of the professionals are here only during the winter months; they spend the summer months practicing in the US or in Canada.

There was another burger bash on Saturday afternoon, then The Bob Anderson Show in the evening. Bob Anderson is a Los Vegas performer who imitates singers from the 50s and 60s such as Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, etc. Bob seemed to not know or has forgotten how to use a hand held microphone so the sound was the pits. The highlight of the show was the last song he sang, a Frank Sinatra song that someone from the audience had requested. He sang it a capella. Greg and I were ticket takers so we didn’t pay to get into the show, thankfully. After the show we met up with some friends for a drink, the best part of the evening.

A highlight of the past week was definitely the hot air balloon ride we took on Sunday morning, early Sunday morning. Another beautiful morning, we saw the sun’s fingers creep up the mountains and along the desert. We reached 3000 feet and could see for miles along the Colorado River, the many canals, the Arizona desert, and into Mexico. An amazing experience.

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Bruce Samson on

You both look wonderful and so relaxed. I have never seen Greg smile so much as he is now. I hope soon Debbie and I can find that same peace in our lives. Maybe next year we will visit you down there

Charles O'Neil on

Love the hat Greg! Where do I get me one!

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