We have had a very busy week as our time in Yuma winds down. We arrived home from Palm Desert last Sunday and jumped right into a busy social calendar!
Monday night we attended the horse races again, but this time as horse owners … sadly our horse did not win, place, or show 😦 but we still had a great time.
Tuesday was a socializing day with friends and Wednesday was shopping day with a nice lunch out for Valentine’s Day.
Thursday morning I made my desert for our evening event, we then attended the park Town Hall meeting, then back home to do some chores before attending our block party. I think I have explained what a block party is in a previous blog, but just in case I didn’t, a block party is where everyone on our street and the street behind us (whose units back onto the sites on our road) gets together for a pot luck dinner, margaritas, and some fun visiting. This block party included a white elephant where everyone brings something they no longer need to give away. The wrapped gifts were lined up on the stage in the ballroom and after dinner everyone picked up a gift and sat in a circle … but you can’t unwrap your gift yet! Music is played and the gifts are passed around a circle until the music stops. At this point, without unwrapping your gift, you can choose to keep it and move your chair into the middle, or you can stay in the outer circle and pass your gift around again. You have three chances to pass your gift off but once the music stops the third time, you have to keep the gift you have. At that point everyone opens the gift they are holding. Hubby received a bottle of Ginger Beer and a bottle of Pink Grapefruit Tonic Water and I snagged a nice bouquet of flowers, which I used on the table of our turkey dinner last night.
Friday night was our weekly egg game and then Saturday arrived and we were looking forward to enjoying our Valentine gift to each other, but first we wandered around the Emergency Service Provider display our park was holding.
We watched the air ambulance fly in and land.
It was really interesting talking to these guys and we were surprised to hear they don’t actually live in Yuma. The fellow we were talking to is stationed in Yuma for two weeks on and then back home to Virginia for two weeks off, two weeks of warmth in the winter, two weeks of snow in the winter … although I imagine he is very glad to go home for two weeks at a time in the summer to cool off 😀
I was surprised by how narrow the stretcher was, but I was assured it fits everyone.
The metal platform on the right is where the patient goes, the two chairs behind are for the attendants, and the pilot is to the left of the stretcher.
The Cocopah police brought in their Emergency Response Unit and a police car.
And Border Patrol brought in one of their trucks and a boat. They also had some pretty interesting stories and pictures to share! Our grandson’s would have loved to have been here and talk to those guys.
They also had a fire truck but we didn’t see that until we were on our way out to the Boogies, Blues, and Brews festival, which was our Valentine’s gift to each other.
It was a perfect day for the festival, not too hot, just pleasantly warm with a slight breeze. The festival is held in Gateway Park in Yuma, and the line-up was really good.
But we really enjoyed the first group, they were so entertaining and their music was top notch. The group included a saxophone player who was amazing … we have no idea how he could play one note for so long without taking a breath!
I asked our daughter if she wanted us to find a visor like this dog was sporting for their German Shepard … she said no ☺
We ended up leaving before the final act because we were in the shade and getting a little chilled. Since we both had to go to the washroom we decided to stop at The Alement, a little bar that we have seen often but have never stopped into before. We were very surprised at how clean and nice it was inside, and they have twenty beers on tap … but most importantly they have White Sonoran Chocolate on tap and that is just my favorite beer and I don’t often find it. So we moseyed on up to the bar, where there were three other couples sitting, and had ourselves a beer. One of the women at the bar asked another lady where they were from, “Cranbrook, British Columbia” she says and the women who asked says “Funny we are from Kamloops, British Columbia”, of course now we are laughing and say “We are from Kelowna, British Columbia” which got us all laughing and now we are all looking at the last couple … they were from Minnesota. How funny that there are only eight people in a bar in the United States and only two of them are actually from the United States, and the other six are all from the interior of British Columbia 🙂 Yup that’s life in Yuma where Canadians really do appear in droves!
Our week ended with a much delayed US Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday. This dinner was originally planned for a couple different nights last November but it just didn’t happen, but last night was a perfect evening for it … good friends, good food, and good conversation … the week doesn’t end any better than that!
Until next time …