Sunday, April 19, 2015


Surprise Arizona that is.

We had a very nice visit with my brother Keith and his wife Gerri, at their park model home in Surprise. They started spending winters in Arizona several years ago, and last fall they sold their beautiful Wisconsin lake home and moved down here permanently. They still have their class A motorhome and will be doing some traveling in summers, that will include long stays with family, back up north.

We were able to park in a full-hook-up site right next to their lot at the Sunflower Resort.

On Friday night we went to the Elks Club for a nice fish fry. Joining the Elks is on our list for this year. Perhaps when we are in Idaho in July, or when we go back to San Diego for the holidays. 

My brother loaned me a couple of great books about Utah, and we retired to the Alfa early so I could look through them before returning them the next day.

On Sunday we went over to Lake Pleasant for a splendid afternoon.

We enjoyed hot wings on the shaded patio overlooking the lake.

There were two pair of Mallard ducks that were having a very animated discussion with each other.  The males had the most active disputes, but only when the females were behind them, poking them in the butt with their beaks!

I had never seen Flyboarding before, and we watched several younger people trying it. Not something we will be doing anytime soon, but fun to watch.

Back at the park, my brother cooked up some yummy steaks on the Weber Q, and my sister-in-law treated us to a warm dump-cake for desert.  Which was a neat coincidence, because we were introduced to a dump cake a couple of nights before.

My brother had heard of Mexican Train, but had never played, so he brought out a big light and we played out on the patio table. The night was soft and neither too warm, nor too cool. There were no bugs or mosquitoes.  It was indeed pretty near perfect!

Keith had a nice turn of beginners luck when he used all of his tiles on the first round of play in the sixes round.  If you know the game you can imagine my groan when I was left holding the double nines, several high count tiles, and the double blank.  We had fun, Keith won, I was second and Craig was last after he had four no-starts out of 10 games.

We said our goodbyes by 10:00 AM Sunday, and drove the 100 or so miles north to Cottonwood AZ where we will be getting together with some old friends who have retired in Sedona this year.

Life is good!


  1. I wish I knew you were in Surprise. We're still here at the Happy Trails Park visiting my inlaws. We'll mostly be here until May 5. Nice time on the lake. We love to play Mexican Train too! One of these times we'll meet up :-)

  2. You are a week behind us. We left Cottonwood just last Monday.

  3. lovely to have a visit where you are staying just next door!

  4. You can sure tell he's your brother! Glad you had a fun time with them.


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