This post covers our 6 months in Yuma, from October 3 to April 15, 2010

October 

Arriving in Yuma, we parked in our Camp Host site from last season, but the next morning, I was offered an office position next door in the sister park, Desert Paradise, so we moved from C-16 (the camp host site) to B-16, one street over. 2009-10-24 - AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - My Flowers  2009-10-20 - AZ, Yuma - Desert Paradise - Anita Sherry at Work I soon  grew to love my new job, and working with the Assistant Manager of the two parks, Sherry.2009-10-20 - AZ, Yuma - Desert Paradise - Anita Sherry at Work-3 

Ron began to prepare for the Shuffleboard Season almost as soon as he arrived.  Workers added a new surface to two of the courts,2009-10-12 - AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - Preparing Shuffleboard Courts  and before long play was underway daily2010-02-07 AZ,Yuma - Cactus Gardens - Shuffleboard, Ron 

A party is always held on Halloween.  This year I attended the party at both Desert Paradise and Cactus Gardens.  I didn’t get any photos at DP, but we really enjoyed the Horse Racing Bingo.  The regular Bingo at Cactus seemed boring by contrast, but we had fun seeing all the costumes.  Bernice took a prize for hers.2009-10-31 - AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - Halloween Party  New Camp Hosts, Carol and Lauren came as opposites, the Devil and an Angel.  We teased Lauren about the appropriateness of their costumes.2009-10-31 - AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - Halloween Party-15 

November

While in Hungry Horse, Montana we met new friends Ron and Anne.  From New York, they are new RVers taking an extended cross country trip.  They surprised us by coming to visit for a week.

We enjoyed many outings with them, including lunch at Golden Corral and then a tour of the Yuma Territorial Prison,

since Sept

a drive to the Tumco Historical Mine, 

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and square dancing.

A few days after Ron and Anne left, good friends Glenn and Donna arrived from Texas.  They parked across the park street from us for a month.  We enjoyed lots of good times with them, including Thanksgiving at Cactus Gardens. 2009-11-26 - AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - Thanksgiving Dinner-29 2009-11-26 - AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - Thanksgiving Dinner-31

December

December  started with a birthday celebration for Ron, and as we have in the past few years, we went to Golden Corral for breakfast.  2009-12-05 -1-  AZ, Yuma - Golden Corral - Ron's Birthday Breakfast-1 2009-12-05 -1-  AZ, Yuma - Golden Corral - Ron's Birthday Breakfast

Later that evening, we played Pegs and Jokers with Donna and Glenn, Bunny and Wes and Bernice and Hoyt.  2009-12-05 -2- AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - Pegs and Jokers with Friends Christmas is always a fun time at the park.  I decorated out front, as do many others.2009-12-06 - AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - Holiday Photos-3 2009-12-06 - AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - Holiday Photos-6 Unfortunately, a wind bearing gusts up to 90 mph hit a few days later, and my decorating had to be done all over again.  At least our damage was trivial…some in the park lost their awnings.  2009-12-08 -1- AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - Storm Damage-2

We didn’t square dance as often this season as in the past, but we still tried to get in 2 dances per week.   These photos are from the Association Christmas Dance.  2009-12-12 - AZ, Yuma - December Association Dance-4 2009-12-12 - AZ, Yuma - December Association Dance-13 2009-12-12 - AZ, Yuma - December Association Dance-7 2009-12-12 - AZ, Yuma - December Association Dance-14 2009-12-12 - AZ, Yuma - Christmas Association Dance-62      

January

On a particularly pretty day in January, we went for a hike along the Yuma wetlands area, walking along the canal to the ‘Ocean to Ocean’ bridge.  The bridge, built in 1914, was a critical link joining the Atlantic to the Pacific with a highway.  At the time, it provided the only safe vehicle crossing of the Colorado River for 1200 miles.  It has been renovated and can still be driven across.2010-01-24 - AZ, Yuma - Wetlands Park & Ocean to Ocean Bridge Hike-5 2010-01-24 - AZ, Yuma - Wetlands Park & Ocean to Ocean Bridge Hike-7 2010-01-24 - AZ, Yuma - Wetlands Park & Ocean to Ocean Bridge Hike-12

Bernice and I taught several craft classes throughout the season, but the best liked was the ‘Crayon Tee Shirts’.  We actually repeated the class a second time for those who had missed it.   2010-01-25 - AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - Crayon Shirt Class #2-1 2010-01-25 - AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - Crayon Shirt Class #2-3

The Square Dance Association was asked to give a demonstration at the Yuma Friday Night Social (a monthly car show and entertainment).  5 squares (40 people) turned out to dance.2010-01-29 - AZ, Yuma - Square Dance Demo Friday Night Social 2010-01-29 - AZ, Yuma - Square Dance Demo Friday Night Social-4 2010-01-29 - AZ, Yuma - Square Dance Demo Friday Night Social-7 2010-01-29 - AZ, Yuma - Square Dance Demo Friday Night Social-8

A new idea in the Shuffleboard games this season was the Rooster Award.  The idea quickly became popular.  Here , Larry wins the very first Rooster Award. 2010-01-30 - AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - Shuffleboard - Rooster Award - Larry-2 IMG_3199

February

The big February event each year is the Square Dance Festival, drawing 700 dancers or more.  This year, the Diamond Jubilee, celebrated 60 years of square dancing in Yuma.2010-02-13 - AZ, Yuma - Square Dance Festival Portraits (3) Here are a couple of pictures just to give you an idea of the size of the 3 day event.Saturday Evening 2-13-2010 8-33-51 PM Saturday Evening 2-13-2010 10-14-50 PM

New to Yuma this year is the Yuma Fun Factory.  We celebrated Bernice’s birthday there with a pizza lunch, mini golf, and finished the afternoon with ice cream.     2010-02-26 - AZ, Yuma - Fun Factory - Bernice's Birthday-1 2010-02-26 - AZ, Yuma - Fun Factory - Bernice's Birthday-16 2010-02-26 - AZ, Yuma - Fun Factory - Bernice's Birthday-22 2010-02-26 - AZ, Yuma - Fun Factory - Bernice's Birthday-28

One of the more unique experiences this year was attending a Mexican Rodeo.  One of the dentists in Los Algodones sponsors a Rodeo on his ranch 10 miles out of town each year.  There was a large crowd waiting on the bus to take us from town to the ranch, so many people, in fact, that they had to use 4 bus trips instead of one. 2010-02-28 - MX, Los Algodones - Rodeo de Magana and Bus Trip 2010-02-28 - MX, Los Algodones - Rodeo de Magana and Bus Trip-6 Once we left the town, the countryside looked much as it does around Yuma, mostly farm fields. 2010-02-28 - MX, Los Algodones - Rodeo de Magana and Bus Trip-15 2010-02-28 - MX, Los Algodones - Rodeo de Magana and Bus Trip-17 2010-02-28 - MX, Los Algodones - Rodeo de Magana and Bus Trip-28 2010-02-28 - MX, Los Algodones - Rodeo de Magana and Bus Trip-312010-02-28 - MX, Los Algodones - Rodeo de Magana and Bus Trip-53  Even the youngsters take part.2010-02-28 - MX, Los Algodones - Rodeo de Magana and Bus Trip-35 The competitions were different from that of US rodeos.  Here, the riders were competing to see who could stop the quickest from a hard gallop. 2010-02-28 - MX, Los Algodones - Rodeo de Magana and Bus Trip-46

Sandwiches made with fresh beef from the grill were unusual, but very good. 2010-02-28 - MX, Los Algodones - Rodeo de Magana and Bus Trip-54

The best part of the rodeo was the performance by the young ladies.  Eight riders wove in and out while their horses ran at top speed.  Their choreography and speed was amazing.2010-02-28 - MX, Los Algodones - Rodeo de Magana and Bus Trip-52 We were glad we attended the rodeo, for the exposure to the cultural differences, but overall, decided the rodeo was too abusive to the animals used.  In the US rodeos, cattle are primarily used, but in this rodeo, horses were used extensively.  It was disturbing to see horses thrown by lassoing their feet.2010-02-28 - MX, Los Algodones - Rodeo de Magana and Bus Trip-60

We made several trips to Los Algodones this winter, for dental work, eyeglasses and of course the shrimp tacos and new this year, milkshakes – thick, creamy with lots of Mexican vanilla.2010-01-29 -1- MX, Los Algodones Lines at customs were long each time, sometimes taking 2 hours to get through, but at least the waiting area has been improved, with a framework that was covered to provide shade as the temperatures warmed.

 March

Another big event each season is our annual Quilt Show.   This season, the show was larger than ever, with several exhibits from the new class.  2010-03-02 - AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - Annual Quilt Show-1 2010-03-02 - AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - Annual Quilt Show-2 2010-03-02 - AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - Annual Quilt Show-4 2010-03-02 - AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - Annual Quilt Show-15

  J. D.’s mother visited Yuma for the first time.  Wanting to show her some of the countryside, we took her on a picnic out in the desert at an oasis we discovered a couple years ago.   For a slideshow of the picnic click on this picture:2010-03-02 - AZ, Yuma - Picnic with JD's Mother-1

Just north of Yuma on SR 95 is Castle Dome, the site of many mines in years past.  Now part of a National Refuge, KOFA, Castle Dome Mine Museum provides a step back in time.  Ron and I enjoyed browsing the many buildings.

For pictures from that day click on this photo:

2010-03-06 - AZ, Castle Dome - Mining Museum-6 Earlier in the season, Ron enlarged the flower bed around our tree.  I filled it with petunias, but a few weeks later, the bunnies decided they needed a buffet dinner more than I needed flowers, and leveled it.  It was too late to replant, but my above ground planters did well.2010-01-07 - AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - Building Flower Garden 2010-03-06 - AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - My flowers  

Leroy and Suzanne hosted a mini reunion for those of our Mainstream Square Dance Class who still dance together.  We enjoyed a fun evening of visiting and reminiscing.

2010-03-12 - AZ, Yuma - Square Dance Mainstream Class Reunion at Spidels-10

Each year, the park hosts an Appreciation Dinner for the Volunteers.  This year Ron helped serve.2010-03-13 - AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - Volunteer Dinner with Belly Dancers-14 The surprise entertainment for the evening was a Belly Dancers group, who were great.2010-03-13 - AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - Volunteer Dinner with Belly Dancers-28

Palm Canyon, the most visited site in the KOFA Wildlife Refuge, is a narrow, sheltered ravine which is the last significant location in Arizona where palm trees grow in their natural habitat.  A hike up the canyon provided the perfect setting to try out my new camera purchased that week.  For a slideshow of the hike, click on the photo.

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Most Sunday mornings found us attending services here in the park.Park services end with the last Sunday in March, so we celebrated Easter with George and Liz at their church in Yuma, Faith Baptist, along with Hoyt and Bernice, and capped it off with lunch at Golden Corral.2010-03-28 - AZ, Yuma -1- Cactus Gardens - Sunday Worship Service 2010-04-04 - AZ, Yuma - Easter Sunday with Odom and Kutz (2)It seems time has flown more than usual this season, and soon all the snowbirds were planning their migration north.

Cactus Gardens actually held two Farewell Parties this year.  The first had great entertainment from the Yearys, out of Branson, but the company sponsoring the dinner didn’t come through with the promised meal.  Lois, our manager, arranged for a second meal the next week to make amends.  Sherry’s husband, Don, provided the music for this event.

2010-03-26 - AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - Farewell Dinner-10 2010-03-26 - AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - Farewell Dinner-8 2010-03-26 - AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - Farewell Dinner-32 Ron and Hoyt delivered meals to those unable to physically attend.2010-03-26 - AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens - Farewell Dinner-34

My last day of work will be on Wednesday, and we’ll leave Yuma on Thursday.  Looking back at this post, I know we’ve had some great times, but where has the past 6 months gone???

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