It’s been a little over a month since we last posted. We’re still in Arizona enjoying the weather and meeting snow birds from all over the north. Lots of Canadians spend their winters in Arizona, and we’ve gotten a ton of travel advice for our planned adventure north of the border.
One of the things we’ve really enjoyed this winter is the non-stop entertainment. The RV Resorts bring in a constant stream of performers, and there are local shows and theaters for every taste.
While in Yuma at the Westwind RV & Golf Resort, we were treated to a couple of very entertaining shows. “Whole Lotta Shakin'” featured Barry Goss and his band as they knocked out classic songs by Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and others. It was a great evening with an energetic and talented band.
Later in the month, we saw Randy Linder and his tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival. Randy and his band knocked it out of the ballpark with songs “Born On The Bayou,” “Proud Mary,” “Down On The Corner,” “Susie Q,” “Who’ll Stop The Rain” and many more. Great, great evening!
In February we moved to Mesa, Arizona to the Monte Vista Village RV Resort. Again, the entertainment was top notch. We saw Vox Fortuna – a vocal group that was a semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent. They bring an interesting fusion of classical and modern music, and one of the singers did a spot-on Stevie Wonder song. Here’s a sample.
The Monte Vista Resort also provides guests with the opportunity to visit local shows. We visited the Silver Star Theater on two different occasions to see the Rhythm Cats and the Old Time Rock and Roll shows. Very enjoyable and talented group.
At the first show, Kerry Christensen one of the world’s best Alpine yodelers, was their special guest. He was amazing. Never seen anything quite like it. Here’s a sample I found on YouTube:
The Rhythm Cats, led by Mark Lucas perform a variety of musical styles. We enjoyed their old time rock and roll music. Mark also brings a bit of hilarious standup comedy to the show. Overall, very entertaining. If you’re in the Mesa area, we recommend you check it out.
The theater was sort of a mini-museum as well. Their collection of horns and other instruments was quite impressive. They even had a Civil War-era trumpet on display.
Lost Dutchman State Park
There are plenty of areas to hike and explore in and around the Mesa area. We spent a day with friends hiking the Lost Dutchman State Park, named after the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine. According to legend, there’s a rich gold mine hidden in the southwestern United States – generally believed to be in the Superstition Mountains near Apache Junction. There have been many stories about how to find the mine, and each year people search for it. Some have died on the search.
We didn’t look for the gold mine, but we did find a wedding party at the top of the trail!
After moving from Mesa to north Phoenix, we joined with some other friends from California to attend a Spring Training game between the San Francisco Giants and their hated rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was a beautiful day for the game, and the Scottsdale stadium was really a nice venue.
It was a lot of fun, despite the Giants losing.
We’re currently in Lake Havasu and looking forward to exploring the area.
Until next time, Happy Trails!