THE YUMA THAW
After spending Christmas in Spokane the heat in Yuma was a welcome change. We picked The Palms RV Resort from a recommendation of friends we met in Polson, Montana. In blind faith we made our reservation for two months starting January 1, 2017; making it the longest we’ve stayed in one place since we started in January 2016 – this was kind of a scary thought to us.
The activity schedule alone is enough to make your head spin, there are multiple choices to pick from all day, every day. I quickly zeroed into the yoga and water zumba classes held Monday thru Friday, what better way to meet people than a movin’ and a shakin’. We walked laps around the park or rode bikes in the evening and ventured out to see the sites on the weekends. On a couple of occasions, Travis even got to play a couple rounds of golf.
The town of Yuma was very similar to the areas where we grew up so it was no surprise to find limited shopping. Before your little mind runs rampant with questions, here are the answers to the most common questions we are asked about spending our winter in Yuma, Arizona:
- Yes, there are some really old people in Yuma. Yuma has a population of ~90,000. In the winter months the population grows by about ~100,000. This fact alone makes grocery shopping insanely crazy and difficult for stores to keep up with the demand of product. The park we stayed in is largely populated by our Canadian friends from the North and the Canadian dollar had a significant impact on their attendance this year.
- Yes, Yuma is hot. But I like it like that. The average temp in Yuma is 80 degrees during the day and 70 degrees at night.
- Yuma is within 10 miles of the Mexico boarder. Los Algadones is known as the dental capital of Mexico and you will find a dentist, vision clinic, or pharmacy at every turn. According to the street vendors every thing in Los Algadones is ‘almost free’.
I’m not even sure where to start. I’m holding out hope that our paths will cross again at some point over the coming months and if not it’s a sure bet that The Palms is going to be a hoppin’ place to hang out in the winter of 2017/2018. We are so looking forward to it. In order of appearance we have: Bobbie and Debbie, Ingrid and Bart, John and Kathy, Dave and Susan, Andrea and Walt, Marcia and Dave.
Oh, the fun we had!
You name it and there was a party for it. We had pool parties, 70’s parties, Derby parties, Taco parties, Margarita parties, Cards Against Humanity parties, Karaoke parties, Bike ride socials, Ice Cream Parties, and concerts with live entertainment. If you were bored it was your own fault.
Yuma is a little over 2 hours from the Phoenix area. We made a road trip one weekend and caught up with dear friends who were staying in the area. Phoenix is the spring training hub for Cactus League Baseball featuring teams like the Diamondbacks, Cubs, White Sox, Reds, Indians, Dodgers and of course our favorite Seattle Mariners (if you are interested in a complete list of teams in the area – Google it).
The best is yet to come!
Our two months was over much too soon and come March it was time to move on to our next destination. The best part about being behind on our blogging – since we left Yuma we’re so excited to have discovered two more couples we know will be joining us for the 2017/2018 winter.
Welcome Don and Jen Houskeeper, and Ron and Billie Sue Sandberg!