Well it’s now 2015, and I trust that you all survived your various celebrations. For the second year in a row Sylvia and I made it well past midnight, but it wasn’t a sure thing when the day started. Sylvia has managed to pick up a cold as the bug has been spreading through the people here in the park. I think there may be more people coming down with a cold over the next few days as many of us were standing outside for 45 minutes waiting for the doors to our New Years Eve party to open so we could nail down tables for our various groups of friends. It was pretty cold and rainy and as most folks down here (me included) don’t have adequate winter coats it was pretty uncomfortable. Our friend Jim was wearing a very warm jacket though, and I asked him how he obtained it. It seems they keep a small selection of winter clothes in their park model just in case they ever have to fly home to Ontario in mid-winter. He doesn’t think he’s ever had an opportunity to wear the coat before in Arizona, but last night he was glad he had it.
Back when I worked it was amazing to note how many of the younger workers with school age kids were always battling some sort of cold or flu that their kids had brought home from the human Petri dish that is called kindergarten. In some ways a 55+ RV park is no better for being a breeding ground for viruses, as we are all in pretty close contact. Once the weather turns cold like it has lately we find ourselves in large indoor venues more often than not, and it’s likely that someone there is fighting a bug. Soon it seems that everyone is fighting the same bug, and this year it’s Sylvia’s turn.
For the past few days she’s been under the weather, but it hasn’t stopped her from playing some Pickleball and attending various events here in the park. Mornings are usually the worst for her, and on New Year’s Eve we were debating whether we should try and sell our tickets for the party, until well after lunch-time when she decided she still wanted to go. We didn’t know if we’d make it until midnight, but she hung in there until they started to turn out the lights and shut off the music, as we were having so much fun.
It’s too bad I didn’t get a better picture of Wanda, but these centerpieces were on all the tables and were very elaborate. The decorations are the creation of one lady here in the park, and she never fails to amaze us with her imagination.
Bruce and Sonja forgot to bring along their camera so I promised to take a picture for them. Such a great looking couple, and good dancers too!
Sylvia did really well considering how bad she felt in the morning. She seems to feel better the more she dances, so I let her drag me onto the floor several times. The band for the night was called The Real Tones, and they were very good. They played a mix of 60’s and 70’s music for the most part including some Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bob Seger tunes which are much more my style then 50’s twangy country.
The gentleman on the right is Randy who is the Manager of Canyon Vistas. I think Paula might have been trying to express some sort of editorial comment to him, but I’m not certain. Sylvia and Cheryl sure look happy!
At the end of the night Sylvia still looked chipper, although I think I look like I need a nap.
Here’s a look at the 2 week forecast for this area. Not exactly balmy weather, but not that unseasonal. We were spoiled last year, as we had a very warm dry winter, with most days in the 70’s or above. Anything over 63 makes for a pretty nice afternoon though, and is good weather for our various sporting activities. That being said, this is the sight we woke up to this morning.
Snow on the Superstitions isn’t that unusual, as we’ve seen it almost every year we’ve been coming here, but that doesn’t mean it is something we look forward to. Yesterday morning the hiking club scheduled a short hike to the base of Superstition Mountain that I decided to pass on, as it really looked threatening in the morning. Only six brave souls made the attempt to reach Siphon Draw, and you can read of their adventure on Hans’ blog here. Be forewarned that he’s subtitled the post ‘Dammit, I left my raingear in the boat!’
Despite our lack of hiking this past week we’ve had a busy time here in the park visiting with friends and meeting various relatives who are visiting people here in the warmth and sunshine (yes it is warmer than back home, just not as warm as we’d like it to be). We hope that you all have had a safe and happy New Years, and we wish you all the best for 2015.