As many of you know, Kathy and I have been traveling around in our little one-bedroom apartment on wheels since 2007. We have stayed in quite a few RV parks. At first, our average stay was 3-4 days. We wanted to see everything, and that wasn't going to happen if we didn't keep moving. In 2009 we thought we'd try an extended stay, so we made a four-month reservation at a park in the Rio Grand Valley. We left early, because I was going stir crazy. We never seemed to find a park that fit us. Although The Bee's RV Resort in Clermont, FL will always hold a special place in our hearts, it wasn't destined to be the place we would go to when we wanted to "hang up our keys" some day.
About five years ago, we wanted to be in Phoenix for a CMA event at the end of February. So, we made a four-day reservation at Paradise RV Resort in Sun City, AZ. We fell in love with the park--the facility and the people--but we didn't go back there until last year. Not wanting to commit for an entire winter season, we stayed from late October until January 2nd. At the end of that time, Kathy and I were genuinely sad to be leaving so soon. This year we are staying four months, with side trips to Sedona, Palm Springs and Lake Havasu.
We can go for days without leaving Paradise. There is a year-round church that meets in the ballroom, Bible study on Thursdays, and a huge complex to keep active seniors occupied.
- Fitness Center with locker room, showers and sauna
- Pickle ball, tennis, basketball, shuffle board, and lawn bowling
- Entertainment in the ballroom or at the pool
- Restaurant open for breakfast and Lunch
- Billiard room
- Swimming pool and hot tubs
- Music room used for jam sessions and big band rehearsals
- Multi-purpose room for gatherings like a Wisconsin party
- Crafts areas--each with their own room(s)--sewing, wood shop, stained glass, ceramics, jewelry making
- Post office
- Bus trips--the park has it's own bus
I'm sure I missed a lot of stuff, but you get the idea. I think after all these years of travel we have finally found a winter home.
A couple of weeks ago we did an email campaign promoting our CD, Celebrate Christmas. We'd like to thank all of you who purchased a CD, multiple CDs, or an album download. We will probably run a similar special next year. If you purchased Celebrate Christmas, we'd like to hear from you. It would be helpful if we had your comments to use the next time around. You can add your comment at the bottom of our blog posting.
We are currently having a great time putting together the music for a CD featuring the songs of Larry Smith. He'd like the title of his CD to be: Brand New Good Old Time Gospel Songs. Before sharing any of his music with you, I'd like to make sure copyrights have been secured. More on this project in upcoming blogs.
Merry Christmas, everyone!