As we sit hunkered down at our Nevada home, we’ve been reflecting on our trip to Arizona the beginning of the year. Following a fun New Year’s Eve party with our friends and neighbors, we hit the road January 2nd to head to warmer weather. We took our time and made stops in Laughlin, Nevada and Quartzite, Arizona.
We’d never been to Quartzite, a small town with a population of around 4,000 full time residents. In the winter months, the local population swells to nearly 2 million as snow birds descend in mass. We beat the rush of visitors and we were able to spend a day exploring the town. We weren’t impressed – not much there really. The flea markets lining the main drag were less than impressive, as were the local shops. The RV park we stayed in was quite overpriced for the amenities provided. Lesson learned. We probably won’t be back unless we choose to visit the huge RV show they hold each year.
Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort
We arrived in Casa Grande, Arizona the next day and began exploring the resort that would be our home for the next two months. The Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort is pretty spectacular. It’s ranked as one of the top resorts in Arizona which is no surprise.
With a par three golf course, thirty-two pickle ball courts, several pools, a softball field, and more, there is something to do for everyone. The weekly activity calendar can be a bit overwhelming with over 165 activities – everything from shuffleboard and billiards to pottery, wood shop, stained glass, and more.
And the entertainment was also fun. Some was excellent – like the Edwards Twins (celebrity impersonators) and Eric Buss (comedian/magician), and some was terrible (Neil Diamond tribute).
Below are some of our highlights.
The Edwards Twins
One of the first shows we saw at Palm Creek was the Edwards Twins – twins who are world-renowned celebrity impersonators. They use elaborate costumes and hollywood-style prosthetics and makeup in an amazing show. Here’s a short compilation of some of their performance. All of the vocals were live – no lip syncing.
Since we’re not traveling full-time anymore, we’d been talking about downsizing to a smaller motorhome. A great opportunity presented itself, and we’re now owners of a 2017 Newmar Ventana LE. It’s a 37 foot class A that’s smaller, less expensive, and has a very comfortable floor plan. We’re quite happy with it.
Not All Fun and Games
Unfortunately the trip wasn’t all positive. Cathy was sick with what we suspect may have been coronavirus early in the trip, and then she experienced heart issues. She spent quite a bit of time in and out of the hospital – including heart surgery.
With her health complications, and the spreading fears of coronavirus, we decided to cut our three month trip short and head back to our Nevada house. Happy to report that after another heart surgery, she’s on the road to recovery and is doing better every day. Please continue to pray for a full recovery.
That’s our update for now. Stay safe and healthy.