For sure Phoenix is a beautiful city but we have beautiful people back home who we love very much. 😊
After playing shuffleboard games, 30 sequence games, domino games, and over 140 card games of 500, we are all still best friends lol. We will miss our partners Norm and Yolande:) By the way, girls won overall lol We have proof and a witness, Roadie the roadrunner ha! ha!
Today we pack and get ready for an overnight flight. On our last night, Yolande and I walk the park and admire the decorations to get into the Christmas spirit.
Different to see a decorated cactus and hear Xmas songs when it is 70 degrees outside…
The show last night, Barleens Dinner & Show was fantastic. Great food! Great family entertainment! Well it helps if you are approximately our age lol
Surprisingly, when you sit at the table, your desert awaits you. As they say at Barleens’: Life is short, Eat desert first.
Signs on the road this Thanksgiving read : Wobbling after Gobbling, take a cab!
We are being ‘wise’ and besides, no one wants to drive in the dark and they are forecasting rain,
so we pre-order UBER. Great way to find out if the new ‘schedule in advance’ feature works. 5* Uber driver! He tells us we should have no problems coming back…
Well, we did! So, we take a cab. The show was well worth it!
What an adventure! First, our driver tells us he just had a huge meal, turkey, steak, desert etc. etc. Needless to say he yawned more than a few times on the way… Then he says he is nervous driving in all this traffic. Finally, he does not stop talking. Poor Yolande. It is past her bedtime and she is hoping to take a nap on the way home 😊
But wait… after paying him, the cab driver says :’maybe I will find a cheap motel instead of driving home!!!’ At least it is not raining… YET Maybe he had a crystal ball…
Oh What a Night! (Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons).
First song that comes to mind this morning… Well, they did interpret Frankie Valli songs at the show, and very well at that. Context not quite the same. (Roger and I just did not get any sleep! Norm and Yolande, they slept like babies. How blessed are they!) lol
When we are about to retire, the rain starts, and the wind… Norm says : There are white caps in the street … We have never experienced this type of weather before. Norm and Yolande will have experienced just about every possible scenario in Arizona…
No stay in a city is complete without a visit to Walmart and Costco lol.
Well, Walmart is on our way today and we need groceries…
In the store, we find a robot roaming the aisles. His name is Stanley and apparently his job is to take perpetual inventory!
When an annoyed man approaches him and says: ‘Get away Stanley’ the robot changes direction…
What will this world be in 10, 20 years from now???
We visit Costco mainly because we are looking for 100% cotton socks. Do you know how almost impossible it is to find some? Even at this boutique, Lost In Socks in downtown Scottsdale, no sock has more than 80% cotton!
Now, none of us enjoy shopping…so we decide to go back to the motorhome to…play the card game 500.
So far ladies are winning 6 series (10 games) to 4. 😊
Frommer’s Guidebooks states the Apache Trail as being the ‘The best scenic drive in Arizona’.
It would take many visits to Arizona to agree or disagree… but even after the Grand Canyon drive, the Petrified Forest Drive, the Jerome to Sedona Drive etc., we have to say it is hard to judge. (especially since the most scenic and dangerous part of the Apache Trail is closed, maybe to never reopen to motor vehicles again…)
The museum at the base of Superstition Mountain, the start of the trail, is quite informative,
the walking trails as well…
Sets from movies filmed nearby are on display. Elvis, not Yolande is the famous actor here lol.
The winding road leads to Tonto National Forest and Canyon Lake ….What a view!
Then on to Tortilla Flats, (the end of the trail for now) and the last surviving stagecoach stop on Apache trail. Population, 6.
The few buildings standing offer a lot of history (or legends).
And some are very entertaining…What did this person do to deserve this??
With these rules, who knows…
Who’s who who’ve been through…Tortilla Flats of course…
On our way back, on those winding roads…
Roger says, look, we could drive this road with the motorhome… 14 ft clearance. ha! ha!