November 2011, Apache Junction, AZ
Most of our neighbors have arrived in the park and the pace has picked up around here. We are hiking each Tuesday with the “Smell the Roses” group and Rex is leading the “Rex’s Friday Hiking” group. We are really enjoying our hikes in the Superstition Mountains Wilderness Area, Goldfield Mountains, Usury Park, the Salt River Recreation Area, and other areas.
Besides hiking twice a week, we are attending a Tai Chi class three days a week and Nancy is doing water aerobics, stretching and exercise classes. We volunteered to serve at our park’s Welcome Back dinner this month and we are also helping with the once a month pancake breakfast. All these activities are keeping us busy and giving us the opportunity to meet more of our neighbors in the park.
Rex is working about three days a week doing maintenance on the Dolly boat, office and shop. The Dolly is currently only running one cruise a day, 5 days a week so they haven’t needed him to work a cruise yet. Hopefully, business will pick up towards the end of the year and more cruises will be scheduled.
Rex built us a kayak rack so we won’t have to store the kayak s on the ground while we are in Arizona. He is able to use the welder at the Dolly shop and is getting pretty good at welding. Our next door neighbors, Willum and Betty, also have a kayak and will be able to store their kayak on our rack when they get here in late December.
The Pincushion Cactus we have in front of our 5th wheel got its seasons mixed up and bloomed in November. It had already bloomed last April so we were surprised when it bloomed again.
We helped Nancy’s nephew, Jeremy, celebrate his 35th birthday at a surprise party thrown by his wife, Shanda. Nancy’s sister, Patty, and her husband, Ken, flew in from Colorado for the party. Nancy’s parents also attended. It was a big surprise for Jeremy as all his family and friends kept the party a secret for about 3 months.
Nancy’s parents joined us for the Thanksgiving dinner at our park. The park furnishes the turkeys and everyone at our table brought a dish to complete the meal. We enjoyed sharing a wonderful meal with our family, friends and neighbors.