|I had no idea cactus could be so beautiful!|
We got our propane tank filled in preparation for cooler weather, (YES! says Sparky) we are going to be making plans to map out approximate stays and destinations so that we can make some reservations. Eldo does not like to plan that far in advance, but with fuel prices keeping people staying in spots for longer periods of time, we think it might be a little difficult to just show up at some parks and hope for a spot! We got a northwest zone membership Thousand Trails deal at the Fort Myers RV show (199.00, that's it!), so we are going to definitely use that for most of our stays in the northwest. After paying the membership fee, you get to stay 30 days free a year, and thereafter, it's 3.00 a day for our zone. You've got a two week maximum stay, then you have be out of the system for seven days. Then you can check back into a Thousand Trails park. Pretty sweet deal!
I made it to the pickleball court yesterday for a round robin set. It was probably next to the last time I would be able to play with a bunch of people since we are leaving soon, so I made sure to get to the court in time to check in this time! It was really great fun! At first, I panicked when I saw we were playing SIX games, but after a couple of games were over quickly due to superior talent on the opposing team, I knew I would not have any difficulty with my stamina getting through the remaining games. Pickleball is a really enjoyable game, especially playing doubles. A lot less strenuous than tennis, and an interesting game to keep you on your toes just the same. Great exercise! Pickleball is so popular here at Palm Creek, that instructors have trained over 450 people since the program started at Palm Creek. They have TWELVE pickleball courts and FREE lessons offered twice a week. They rate your skills, and you can move up through skill levels in round robin play as your skills progress. They had a huge tournament about the first week we were here which was a very well organized and a very successful one, and it definitely sparked our interest in the game. We hope to play more wherever we go....we'll see you tomorrow. We've got a couple of special things planned for the last week of our stay so hang around to find out what they might be!