(Jan) In the last 2 weeks we have visited friends in Sun Lakes and Sun City, Arizona. Both are retirement communities with very nice homes and facilities and lots of active seniors. While Sun Lakes is on the southeast corner of Phoenix, Sun City is on the northwest side.
First stop; Sun Lakes where our RV friends Betty and Duane have a lovely home. It a gorgeous place and great place to be when they’re not out traveling. We had a great time going to Open Houses and looking at properties. We also had a fun lunch with their neighbor Barbra and cousin & friends Teresa and Ishmael at their Rec Center facility. There were also some wonderful meals shared at B&D’s as well as Pegs & Jokers played. One afternoon our friends Connie came over (Larry was sick). Duane grilled burgers and we brought salads and dessert. It was a nice time but missed getting a photo. We love their home and their neighborhood!
We spent one night between the two ‘Suns’ at the Cabela’s in Glendale where I had a pair of Merrell shoes to return. It turned out to be a fun stop. The Phoenix NASCAR race was that coming week-end and quite a few huge NASCAR race trailers sharing the RV/Truck parking with us. They had Kevin Harvick’s car out of the trailer working on it and I couldn’t resist taking a shot with me and Danica Patrick’s race trailer.
The Elks Club in Sun City has RV parking so we were able to stay there for several days as we visited RV friends Bobbie & Jim. They have a very nice condo in Sun City and are enjoying living there in the winter months with a trip here and there in their RV. Jim grilled burgers & brats and paired with great salads we had a fest. After lunch they took us on a tour of some of their favorite spots. Here we are in the Train Room at the Fairway Rec Center. The following day we went to visit Manning friends Jim & Sarah who also have a great condo in Sun City. We had lunch at George’s, a good restaurant that is part of the bowling alley. We got to see the Sun Bowl, Lakeview Rec Center and visited a wood work shop with them. Missed another photo op w/Jim & Sarah.
On Saturday we joined friends Jim and Diane. We had intended to see their house in Sun City last year but missed that opportunity. Their house is wonderful! And since we all love touring houses and Open Houses, we spent the day running around with a stop for lunch at Senor Taco. Sunday afternoon was much the same. Both evening we returned to Jim & Diane’s for Happy Hour and wonderful meals by Diane. We had a couple of fun games of Pegs & Jokers. J&D are our RV friends that taught us the game back in Boomerville in 2008!
On Monday we moved on to Wickenburg to stay at the Rodeo Grounds overlooking the city from the east. Time to do projects and enjoy a little down time. The sunsets here were beautiful. We also headed up over the ‘hill’ toward Prescott to meet friends Dean & Judy for lunch and a visit at the Historic Kirkland Tavern that was a Wells Fargo stop back in the later 1800’s. It was chilly day and cool in the tavern until the wood stove started warming us up but the burgers and fries were very good. So nice to see these two long time buddies.
The week-end found us back down in Sun City. Jim and Diane were hosting a Boomer Happy Hour on Saturday afternoon. We were joined by new Boomers Bob & Denise and Rick & Mary plus ‘old’ Boomers Betty & Duane, Bobbie & Jim and Connie & Larry. Jim grilled brats & polish dogs and there was a wonderful array of side dishes shared by all. It was such a fun time! Great stories of adventures and new places to travel followed by a hilarious game of The Whole Enchilada for 14 filled the afternoon! Our last day in Sun City found us attending church services in the morning, going to a few Open Houses in the afternoon and sharing Pizza and Pegs & Jokers games with J&D. Such good times! It’s been a great time visiting both here, Kirkland and in Sun Lakes.
Tonight we are back out in the desert near Quartzsite. It’s very quiet here and we’re once again dedicating our time to getting fixit projects and cleaning taken care of. We’ve also been out walking. We’re hoping to get back into the habit of regular exercise.