Camping in the Snowies

Camping in the Snowies

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Our first week in Sun Village

This has been an eventful week.  We have internet, TV and mail service established and have visited with the neighbors. Our address is 14300 West Bell Rd. #421 Surprise, AZ 85374. 
                    The front of our condo. We are asking for better plantings. 
Several hummingbirds visit our feeder plus some house finches, a verdin and a cactus wren. Mockingbirds serenade us morning and night and a couple of skinks visit our patio. 
These are a few of the plants that are showy, blooming in our village now. Sorry Hollis, no wildflowers here. Another blog. 

The landscaping folks have power raked and over seeded the green areas including the golf course so we anticipate a return to greenness in the next few weeks. We do get nice shade from this pine tree but also get pine needles falling into the patio. Since we have pulled up the rotting patio carpet, the needles will be easier to get rid of. Now to decide what kind of patio floor covering to choose.

The west valley of greater Phoenix is getting to be big city like but Sun Village is more like a small town. Most of the activities and services we need are here except for a grocery store and post office. Walmart (whoopee) is just out the back gate and Albertsons, Safeway, Bashas, Sprouts, Trader Joes and Frys are just a few blocks away and so is the post office. 

So what have we been doing this week? Dave has been swimming a few times and I've been there once. It is a beautiful pool and especially so at night when the underwater lighting is on. It's heated so especially inviting on a warm evening after a hot day. 
I have gone to yoga twice. It is offered, free of charge, at the clubhouse on three mornings a week. I plan to try Zumba which is offered on Monday morning at 7. Will see how it goes. 
Yesterday we attended the city of Surprise's first annual Fiesta celebration. Located in the older part of Surprise on Hollyhock street, there were food vendors, games for kids, free swimming in the area pool, information tents, a stage for entertainment and a car show. 
We saw two excellent mariachi bands and folk dancing by a young group from Mexico.

There were lots and lots of restored cars and trucks of every kind and we realized that cars from the era that we went to high school are now considered vintage!! We so are we, I guess. Note the Star Trek sign I'm giving. Low rider cars with fancy paint jobs were especially admired.
But did I mention that it was hot? Everything was pavement and the temps were pushing 100 and no wind. We lasted a couple of hours watching the mariachi and walking through the car show and then home and a cool shower. Not much more was accomplished that day. 
To Lord of Life Lutheran church this morning and coffee afterward to meet some folks and reconnect with Gloria Lien who is the music director. She has a place for Dave in the brass quintet and the polka band which will perform at the church's Octoberfest. Like I said, a busy week. Go Broncos. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AZ State Fiddle Contest In Payson and on to Surprise

Dave didn't get to play his fiddle but he got to meet a lot of fiddlers from around Arizona and played a lot of guitar back up. He got a certificate for third most popular back up person without even trying as guitar players are in short supply at this contest. 

Dave and Fiddler Leonard Cook practicing tunes and visiting. Leonard and Laura Cook are from Cottonwood, AZ. 

Kimmy Calderone and Dave practicing her tunes for the championship division. She is from Casa Grande and just got back into fiddling competition. 
Dave also played for Kevin DeRusha from the Safford Arizona area. Kevin got fourth place in the championship division. 
The Payson Chamber of Commerce treated the fiddlers, back ups and their families to a pulled pork barbecue with entertainment by Cisco and the Race Cars from Chandler. 
                          Yes, that's a cello in a bluegrass band!
 Bright and early on Monday morning we headed for our winter destination, Surprise AZ.  South and west on the Beeline Highway, down and down on steep grades but thankfully a four lane road. I watched the changing scenery as Dave watched the road.

From Ponderosa pines in Payson to Saguaro cactus in the valley. The aloe plants were blooming, sending impossibly tall broom like blossoms up into the sky. Spent agave blooms looking like funny trees and some yucca blossoms along with ocotillo and cholla and dinner plate cactus plus mesquite, rabbit brush, juniper and other kinds of vegetation. The valley has gotten more rain than usual so the desert is lush. 
We are at the condo by ten and unloaded by ten thirty and had Luci the Airstream moved into her new quarters at the RV corral next to Sun Village by eleven. 
Glad to be here, we are ready to stay put for a while.