Three and a half months, two trips back to Arkansas, lots of photography, pickleball galore, not enough golf, too much wind, great weather, meeting new neighbors, and wonderful happy hours and potlucks—that’s been our winter in Arizona.
For me, it began the day after Thanksgiving, November 26, 2022, as Dan Olson and I traveled by motorhome to Santo, Texas, then to Monahan Sandhills State Park in Texas, then to Rodeo, New Mexico, and finally to Arizona where we stayed at Whitewater Draw, Fort Huachuca, and ending up at Palm Creek.
For Kay, it began on December 29, 2021, as we flew from Little Rock to Phoenix, and then traveled by car to Palm Creek Resort in Casa Grande, Arizona.
We enjoyed sunshine, few bugs, cold nights, and comfortable days. We did not enjoy wind and dust storms, and the guy backing our of his carport without looking, caving in the passenger door of the old Honda we tow. Several thousand photographs were made; most were deleted. Lots of pickleball was played, as was golf a couple of times a week for each of us. We traveled to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch, and Madera Canyon and Patagonia, Arizona, and we witnessed the best pickleball players in the world in Mesa. Except for aches and pains associated with our ages and physical activities, no illnesses were suffered. Some great shows were performed, and a little dancing occurred.
It was a great winter season, and we look forward to returning next season. Fortunately, we can do much the same thing at home with the same people!