Friday, January 1, 2010

Checking Out Yuma and Errand Day

This is our second trip to Yuma.  We came the first time, with Dad, in our motorhome and that was in January of 2007.   Although my Mom and Dad had lived in Arizona for about 13 years before moving to Tumwater, Washington, they had never come down to Yuma.  Dad was interested in seeing this snowbird mecca, too. 

We came back down here this time to get some more screens custom made for the MH.  I'll post on that next week after we get the job done.  Since we'd been here once already, we sort of knew our way around.  Today we decided to get some errands done and scout out the town once again.

We want to go to church on Sunday, so we looked up a local United Methodist Church on Catalina and 4th Ave.   As luck would have it, it also happens to be the location for a Weight Watcher meeting on Saturday morning at 8:00.  I need to go to my meeting at least once in January, so it works out great.  We drove over there just to make sure we could find it on Saturday morning since I have to be there so early.  The sign on the wall of the church was interesting.  Can't wait to get there on Sunday! 

Is Tweedy Sombrero really the pastor's name?  We'll find out.

Across the street from the church is one of the hundreds of water stations you will find in southern Arizona towns.  We saw the first one in 2007 up in Casa Grande, between Phoenix and Tucson.  They have such salty (yucky) water down here most folks visit these water stations to buy drinking water in large quantities. 

We had to go over to the shopping center to find a place for haircuts.  We found a Super Cuts and got that job done in quick order.  They weren't busy.  In the same center was a PetSmart and Annie needed some dog food.  She would be getting mighty hungry in a few days if we didn't make that stop.

We took a drive over to the Yuma Lakes RV Resort, which is where we stayed last time in 2007.  It was OK, but we like Pilot Knob better.  Yuma Lakes is a Coast to Coast park but I had read something on the RVnet Forums about it also being a KOA now.  We drove out there and, sure enough, a big old KOA sign was there.  It is still a membership park but I guess with the bad economy they needed to bring in more business.

On the way to Yuma Lakes, we passed many farms.  That is one thing that surprised us in 2007, the amount of farming that goes on here.  The fertile land of this valley has prime soil and climate conditions for a thriving agriculture business.  Irrigation is supplied by the Colorado River.  They grow a lot of broccoli, lettuce, cauliflower, cantaloupe and watermelon here.

Tomorrow morning after Weight Watchers, we're going to McDonald's for an English muffin and coffee breakfast (we never pass a McD's).  After eating, we're heading over to the big Flea Market for some browsing and people watching.  It should be fun.

Until next long for now!


Rick and Paulette said...

We've never been to Yuma either but it's on our list for this year. Thanks for the tour and pics.

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Interesting on the drinking water stations, never knew that before. I see a hose on the outside of the buidling, can you fill up motorhomes there? Wonder how much it costs to fill up say a 50 gallon tank?

Jerry and Suzy said...

A lot of folks love Yuma, but we've never found it to our liking. Different strokes, I guess. We did enjoy Pilot Knob, though. Yes, the agriculture in Arizona is surprising. In the Casa Grande area there are so many cotton fields for miles and miles! And in southeastern AZ (near Willcox) apples, pears, wine grapes, tomatoes, and scads of other vegetables.

Margie M. said...

Karen...Good question on the MH fill up at the water station. I really don't know. We've never tried it and the couple of times we've been here, we've never seen an RV pulled up there. Anybody else know the answer???