(Jan) We met so many fun people that I just have to write about some of them. We had met our first Boomers John and Julie Black at Kofa and John gave us some great tips and good directions to Boomerville. When we arrived we hopped out of our pick-up, explained that we were new and immediately were greeted with hugs and "oh, just park anywhere", "how about right over there". Our new neighbors to the east were Ben and Darlene Frint. We enjoyed several great visits and a trip to town with them. Our neighbors to the west were Sherry and Jim White, long time Boomers, who treated us like long-lost friends.
One day as we were sitting outside, Mick and Karen Bennett wandered over. Soon we were joined by Jim and Sherry, Bill and Karen Payne and Ben and Darlene. Pretty soon snacks and tables were found and it was pretty much the best party we had Never planned.
Jim and Diane Fisher Baker invited Jerry and Nancy Hurley and us over for Pegs and Jokers one evening. We had never played P&J but spent a hilarious 2 & 3/4 hours being taught. Unforgettable.....and also, Diane says probably a record time for one game!
We met many great friends at the 4:00 gatherings and we thank all of them for sharing travel stories and tips. Among them were Dean and Judy Sheeley. We invited Dean and Judy over for cards one evening and before they arrived the Hurleys stopped over. They lent us their P&J board but declined to stay so the 4 of us bungled through another hilarious game that we had rules for but was very short on strategy.
We did walk with the group several times. Barry and Jan Kessler did a great job of hosting Boomerville and making everyone feel welcome. We also went to most Happy Hours and several informal gatherings. My favorites were 'Food and Nutrition' hosted by Judy Sheeley and 'Working for the Mouse' (Disneyworld) with Betsy and John Crawford. Loved the potluck and wine tasting. We're very sorry that we missed the chili lunch and the bread baking. Did get to see the earthen oven, however. Good job!
One evening Dean and Judy, Chuck and I decided to go have pizza in town. I thought that I had understood that the pizza place was north on Main street. That was wrong.... fish fry there. So we found Mexican, Sweet Darlene's and on west, a Barbeque place. As we pulled in there, we found our pizza at Silly Al's; a very busy place but the smells were out of this world. We thought we would look for a table in the bar as we waited for our name to be called and ran into Mick and Ann, Boomers who recognized us and offered us their table as they were just finishing. Thanks guys! We had a ball with the Karaoke and the pizza was good, too.
We discovered that Jerry and Nancy Hurley are also genealogists. So we had several good talks about that and have plans for sharing notes in the near future. Chuck did a 'dry run' with Jerry in his Jeep up to the Desert Bar near Parker. The planned group trip was the following morning on Sunday but was called because of rain.
Stopped over to a fun gathering over at Mick and Karen's on the Monday evening before they left. Lots of talk about the Parker 425 and the Havasu Fireworks. Met more great Boomers and I'm finding out that my memory is failing me on all of the names.
Dean and Judy & Chuck and I went up to Parker on Thursday for the race time trials. Exciting! Even got to see a couple of roll overs. We're going to miss the camping there, though, but hope to join many of the Boomers for Havasu. The four of us also did some geocahing and found several stone cabins that are spread around the Quartzsite area.
We left Boomerville on Sat A.M. around 8:30. Many of the Boomers had already left but Mike Harrison came out to hug us and the Sheeley's good-bye. (a Boomer tradition) We had met he and his wife Marilyn a couple of days before. Amazing!
In closing, I just want to say that Chuck and I loved our first Boomerville. We look forward to spending time getting to know all of the Boomers we haven't met and more time with those we've met briefly or spent some precious hours with.