Branson vacation

Branson vacation
Branson Vacation

Friday, October 23, 2015

Settling in at Canyon Vistas, pickleball, pool and geo caching.

Well we've been at our winter destination for a week now. Catching up with neighbors from last season and meeting some new ones. We've set up the grill and a table next to the rig and Glenda set out some decorations for fall. We washed the ruck today and I plan to do some waxing tomorrow. Still waiting for the pressure wash company to come and get the rig thoroughly cleaned. Feeling more like home for a while. Last year I was introduced to Pickleball and got started again on Tuesday. Boy was I sore for a couple of days but so much fun. I plan to make it a regular activity again this year. Pickleball is played on a court similar to a tennis court but smaller. It's played with 2 teams of 2 people. The game is similar to ping pong but you're actually on the table(court) instead of behind it. The game can be fast paced or slow depending on the type of game you like to play. You use wooden paddles and wiffleball. Of course the ball is specifically made to play Pickleball.


I found this photo on the internet and it gives a good depiction of what the court is like and how the players are positioned. I got out again today and played a couple of hours. The weather is cooling down a little making more comfortable to play. I love the cool mornings and warm afternoons this time of year here in AZ. Exactly why we came here again.

We also made it to the pool last weekend. It felt great to get in the water and do some swimming and soak up the sun. Temps were still in the 90's then but cooled into the 80's now. Last year we didn't even go to the pool until about 2 weeks before we left in March. So many things to do here. I know we'll get there more often this season.



There are two pools with hot tubs. Nicely decorated area with lounge chairs and some shaded seating too. The pools are heated so we can still be comfortable in the cooler months here. We're so glad we made the decision to come here last year and return.

Last year we met some folks when we were taking some couples pattern dance classes and in the hiking club. These folks happened to be doing some Geo Caching in WY and ID and came across our friends Debbie and Steve from Down the Road. What a coincidence. They sent us a picture of them Geo Caching and asked us if we knew those people. Of course we did. Such a small world.

Well I saw Jim and Cherie at the ballroom on Monday at Coffee ad Donuts where the residents meet to find out the upcoming activities. We talked for a while and I told them we were interested in Geo Caching so we got together yesterday and they took us to some easy to find caches near the park. IT wa great fun searching and following the compass that lead us to the finds. We logged into Geocaching.com and once we found the caches we were able to log them into our individual accounts. Jim has found over 2000 caches and Cherie has about 200. Jim's been doing this for a few years. After we found one cache we decided to take a selfie and send it to Steve and Debbie. I asked them if THEY knew these people. They got a big kick out of our photo.

Me, Glenda, Cherie and Jim
 
This is something Glenda and I will continue to do as we travel. It's a great way to get exercise and see new surroundings. We'll be getting together with Jim and Cherie again to do some more. After we found about 12-13 caches were getting tired and hungry. We drove back to town and found a nice pizza place and filled our tummies.
 
So far it's been a great start to our winter here at Canyon Vistas. We'll be getting together with our friends Faye and Dave from The Wandering Camels. They're getting in this weekend(at a nearby RV park) to start their workamping job for the winter. Can't wait to hear about their travels from Vermont. That's about it for now. More fun to come. Thanks for following along.

3 comments:

  1. Not only will you have to give me tips on Geo Caching but now Pickleball ;) Wish our site was as nice as yours but it's free so can't complain. Going to explore the park today and maybe start finding our way around. See you tomorrow.

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  2. I'm a novice at both but can try. Easy to get around this area.

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  3. That is still so funny to me running into Jim & Cherie! Looking forward to joining you all in March! We loved the photo when you sent it to us!!

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