When we planned this stop at the Sunflower RV Resort in Surprise, Arizona we thought we’d see our friends Gerry and Kathy and go to a couple Mariners Spring Training Games. We did most of that, and even had a couple surprises!
Oddly enough the opponent for both games was the Texas Rangers. It is odd because we saw two major league games last summer both involving the Rangers. The first was at Safeco Field in Seattle and then a few weeks later against the Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis. This spring both games we went to were Mariners playing the Rangers. I’m hoping that when we see a game in Seattle this summer it won’t be the Mariners and Rangers AGAIN!
We had a surprise meet-up this week with Boise friends who came south for Spring Training – Cubs fans Kevin and Karen! Thanks for the visit!
We had another most wonderful surprise! Our nephew, Sean, married his Lisa last night and since we were in the valley, we were able to go. When Sean and Lisa were introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Matthews, it occurred to me that there were (at least) three other couples in attendance who were also Mr. and Mrs. Matthews, we being one of them.
This picture shows two of Sean’s siblings, Tim (blue tie) and his wife Christal, and Michele (holding the baby) and her family. (Tim and Christal are also a Mr. and Mrs. Matthews.) Michele’s husband is also a Tim but they are not a Mr. and Mrs. Matthews. This part of Randy’s family is the crew we play Fantasy Football with and three of the eight owners in the league are named Tim.
It was terrific to be able to spend quite a bit of time with Tim and Yvette this winter. We are already looking forward to next year although we’ll be in Yuma so it won’t be quite as easy.
So, some other odds and ends from our week in Surprise….
We were liking Phoenix more than we thought….and then it took us 90 minutes to go 30 miles from the west valley to Mesa!
When I took Elko out at dawn our first morning here, we saw three coyotes in this wash about 100 yards from our trailer. There is a fence between the resort and the wash but it was still pretty interesting!
Randy bought a “new to him” golf bag and push cart at the resort patio sale for $20. Such a bargain!
I mentioned to Randy a few weeks ago that I missed hearing cactus wrens this year. They have a very distinctive “start the engine” song and we’ve heard and enjoyed them on previous trips. Here is a link if you’d like to hear what they sound like.
And here at Sunflower, we have had a cactus wren hanging out in the light pole at our site! It has been a nice ending song for our Arizona winter. One more stop…and then north.
I am sitting on the veranda at Emerald Bay enjoying a cocktail waiting for my room to get ready. I get to be here by myself for tonight. Quiet!
It’s hard to believe that you’ll be heading north soon. It looks like Phoenix traffic is the real deal. My family lived there for one year (1966) when the population was around 500,000. It looks like it is about three times that large now. Progress !!(?) Tell Elko to lay off of those coyotes!
Elko didn’t see/smell the coyotes for the longest time – his nose was too involved with the dogs who had been along the fence doing their business. Once he smelled the coyotes though he wanted to go that way. I was a little concerned about an opening in the fence so wouldn’t let him get too close.
so glad that we are still on your mailing list. best to you.
I had never thought to kick you off! Looking forward to seeing you both this summer. We start at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park on May 1st.
We have wrapped up another year of school and are going to enjoy our outdoors here in Idaho too. It is a crazy weather year but it is the fun of the wild west 🙂 4th grade this next school year. Michelle Storey will be principal and Michele Anderson is taking on a new adventure with the public library. Serene~ your stories are much more interesting…have a wonderful summer…I look forward to living vicariously through your travels and learning about our beautiful country….