Boulder City turned out to be an interesting trip! We were able to see the Hoover Dam, the country’s largest damn Dam. Maggie Mae was not “welcome” on the Nevada side, so we drove to the Arizona side and parked. She was happy to trot along but again was not welcome while walking along the top of the dam so Richard held her while I checked it out. He had been there before, but I hadn’t so….CHECK! Another one off the bucket list.
Next, we headed down to Congress, AZ. I thought we were in the middle of nowhere, but after several miles of nothing, we landed in a beautiful spot. We are in an Escapees RV Park that houses not only part-time RV’ers, but snowbirds as well. The birds are amazing – we hear doves cooing each morning and other birds chirping each day. Yesterday, we took a bike ride through some trails and the neighborhood and came across the most amazing Pink Flamingo Park! We met Kathy, who lives next door and began this park. But over the years, many people have found whimsical and fun pink flamingos to add to it. Kathy says she finds new additions frequently. Here are some photos of this great park!
Kathy and her husband Ron have been full-time RV’ing in their bus for 20 years. She likes to hike and assured me that the local hikes did not include snakes, a huge fear of mine. Kathy is a “beader” and creates all sorts of beaded art work. She also organizes bead events with other beaders and art shows too. She was warm, friendly and funny!
When we got back to our RV site, as we were sitting outside enjoying the afternoon, we met a neighbor. He was from Utah, and honestly, we can’t remember his name. But he was camping with his deaf wife and his neighbor. His neighbor’s name was Cliff. Cliff and “Cliff’s Friend” (since we can’t remember his name, this is what I’m calling him) were big time into mining for gold. He came and sat down with us for a visit. Cliff’s friend is now retired and loves to spend his time mining for gold. The town of Wickenburg (close to where we are) is known for their gold. In fact, the town of Las Vegas would not be here today if it weren’t for the town of Wickenburg. The discovery of gold is what brought people here and because of this gold, Las Vegas was born. So, “Cliff’s Friend” is really into mining for this gold. When asked what he did with what he mined, he said with a glint in his eye, “Nothing. I just keep it and admire it.” I asked him if he kept it in jars, and he laughed and said, “Oh no, just in vials”. He talked to us about the difference between gold flakes and gold “pickers”. Apparently pickers are mini-nuggets, and flakes are just…..well….flakes. Cliff, his wife, Cliff’s Friend, and Cliff’s Friend’s wife are big time into this. It was delightful to see the excitement as he talked to us about his finds in these areas.
After that day, we visited an amazing retirement community for active boomers – it’s called Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch. Seriously, these Trilogy locations know how to cater to Boomers in a major way. It’s a huge community, with a country club, award winning golf course, spa, tennis courts, pickle ball, gym, restaurants, you name it. There are several home floor plans to buy and once in, you have all you need to remain active while in retirement. We met several people that we instantly hit it off with, so it’s tempting. Huge pluses are the site itself, the sun, the incredible floor plans. Minuses are that it’s out in the middle of almost nowhere. There is another Trilogy site outside of Phoenix that we are also looking at. It’s 12 years old, where this one is brand new. Pluses and minuses to both – or do we just continue to travel in Essie and buy a little condo in Western WA and stay close to “home”? Decisions, decisions!
Tomorrow, we head for Peoria, AZ. Spring training is going on now, so the place is hopping. We hope to catch a game, but we will also be looking at the other Trilogy site.
Meanwhile the Poop Princess is adapting. She is not happy about doing her business amongst rocks, but she is getting better at it!
Until next time,