Chapter 3: Friends Together, Having Fun

During our winters in Arizona we have been blessed to make a number of friends from Canada.   Most have been folks from British Columbia and Alberta but we did meet Rob and Kris from Ontario in Tucson a couple years ago.  We were glad to re-connect with Rob and Kris here in Mesa.  I just wish I’d remembered to take a picture!

fullsizeoutput_445eThis is where we’ve lived for the last few weeks,  D Street at Towerpoint Resort in Mesa.   There are a number of Canadians from Manitoba staying on D Street.  On this day there were six Canadian flags, and two American flags flying!

 

IMG_2850And there was this one!  I don’t know if this flag represents a mixed marriage or Canadians trying to honor both countries.

The Olympics have enabled some good natured fun and competition, but overall there is a great sense of camaraderie in the park. This past week the resort held a festival honoring the United States and Canada.

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There was a king and queen from both countries to reign over the festivities which culminated in a big parade.

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My favorite activity in the park has been Zumba and our group walked and danced in the parade.

It was a cold morning (45ish) so we had some liquid fortitude.

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We warmed up in the staging area.  I’m the one in the long pants!

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Randy carried the Zumba banner.

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Uncle Sam is our only Zumba guy.

fullsizeoutput_4538There were a number of nice floats.  This one represents the Peace Arch at the international border between Blaine, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia.

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We were there in 2014!

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In another story of friendship, we learned about a restaurant in Phoenix called the Joy Bus Diner.  The story began in 2011 as one friend helped another with meals during cancer treatments.

P1000401The story evolved into a 100% non-profit restaurant whose mission it is to provide “chef crafted meals and caring conversation to cancer patients.”

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We were happy to go for lunch and support the effort.  Friends, together making a difference.

 

About Serene

Former full time RVers, transitioned to homeowners and travelers. We've still got a map to finish! Home is the Phoenix area desert and a small cabin in the White Mountains of Arizona.
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2 Responses to Chapter 3: Friends Together, Having Fun

  1. Mark McClelland says:

    I like that “international” flag. Nice touch! And the parade looks like fun. It sounds like you guys are staying busy and having a great time in Arizona.

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