It was sad saying goodbye to Tucson as we both agreed it has been our favorite place so far. We are sure to come back again some day. However, it's Friday, 2/6 and it's time to head out for Casa Grande, which is only about 40 miles from Tucson and our "free RV spot" for 4 days.
Upon arriving at Desert Shadows/Western Horizon at Casa Grande we get checked in & they tell us our "presentation" will be at 2 pm on Saturday. We also get our schedule of events that they are having at the park & find out that tonight they are have root beer floats at 6:30 pm with a Ladies Choral Ensemble at 7 pm (is anyone jealous yet?) It actually turned out to be a fun evening & I of course had a diet root beer w/vanilla ice cream (that should help the bottom line) and the ladies were very good. Of course they sang songs neither Will or I had ever heard of but we enjoyed it.
On Saturday, 2/7 they had a patio sale from 8 am to noon which was a flee market in the RV park. As I was out taking my exercise walk, which I do every morning....45 minutes at a fast clip, I kept checking out the stuff. One old man, near our RV, was putting out a stack of books and I stopped & asked if he had any cowboy books for Will, as he has turned into quite a reader. Well, the old man had a good selection so I told him to gather them all up and I would bring the money back. So Will is now the proud owner of 17 new/used cowboy books.
Well our appointed time of 2:oo pm came & we went down for our 90 minute presentation. This is an amazing concept of how it works & I won't bore you with details but we were shown the RV parks they have in their system & they explained how it works....14 days in a park & 7 days out of a park, blah, blah, blah. Then our presenter asked us what we thought so far & were we interested (this was before they even got to the money part) and Will replied he was not interested. She said, even if I gave this to your for free? He said NO, not interested. With that, she spoke with her partner, the financial person, & they agreed there was no point going any further, they thanked us for coming & hope we enjoy our 4 days....and we left. End of sales pitch and way before 90 minutes.
That evening the clubhouse was having a steak or chicken dinner with all the trimmings for $8.00 so we signed Will up and I took my own salad. We sat next to two ladies from Nebraska that have an RV and are members of this park. They said the cost was approximately $7,000 to join & dues were about $320 a year and they weren't that happy with it. So I guess Will made the right decision after all....The amazing thing about this deal is the people who join are also the volunteer/workers. They run & plan all the events, are the caretakers...they do all the work at the parks and what they get is they can stay longer at a park than the 14 days. Will said, this is one smart owner.....he charges the people to join & then gets them to volunteer to do his work. After the dinner, we stayed for the entertainment which was another member who sings & plays the guitar....he goes by the name of "Casual Cowboy." He was enjoyable & sang old country songs.
Sunday, 2/8 has been a rain filled day which has kept us pretty much house bound. However, we did venture out for a Super Wal Mart run. All in all it has been a quiet stay here, we cleaned house, washed clothes & grocery shopped. I'm looking forward to moving on to Phoenix on Tuesday, 2/10. Hope all is well with everyone and we send our love.