Winter Season 2013/2014
Hello to everyone! Some wonderful news: Good Sam Family/Trailer Life has notified us that we are now rated among the Top 100 parks in all of North America! Our work campers, seasonal campers and owners have worked hard to accomplish this award. And for the countless other ways they assist and help, we thank them all.
Our Activity Directors, Liz and Len, have outdone themselves and provided everyone a huge amount of activities and events the past season. They will return again for the 2013/2014 winter season with more energy than I have. Already planned are more dances, entertainment, Karaoke, classes and events both within the park. Others of hiking, ATV/Jeep trips, tag-alongs to dinner theatres, restaurants, and various places provide many types of enjoyment out of the park. Informational presentations by local groups will also be held on a monthly basis with free donuts and coffee for all to enjoy. These were extremely popular this past year. New monthly events; such as, A Ladies Luncheon, monthly festivities and celebrations are also planned. We have had "Chef to Go", a mobile food wagon which comes at least once a week with catered meals of freshly cooked items to purchase. "Chef," on special occasions, will also cater a special event dinner. The food is excellent and priced just right! Our Welcome Wagon Committee has been busy all summer and will be on hand to help with greeting new guests and providing Park information or directions to various points of interest.
Iris, who has been with us 15+ years will be hard at work again helping to show us her long acquired skills with stained glass. And, we will provide the equipment to begin your stained glass hobby. Once again, Bob M. will be teaching Gourd Carving. This has blossomed into a huge success, so much so that Bob had to reserve the wood shop and schedule more classes. This was done, and now the woodworkers have the building for their own time and days. We began Zumba Classes the past season with Juanita and what a success it is! So much fun listening to the music and watching folks getting a work out and enjoying it too. Gail's Genealogy Class again has sparked lots of interest through Gail's hands-on assistance and direction of finding avenues of research on your own laptop. I haven't heard of any "skeletons" coming out of the closets, but I know from my own experience that folks in another country contacted me thinking I might be a long lost relative. Quite a surprise for sure. Gail also instructs water color painting classes and this year's floppy-eared bunny was extraordinary! I would think the original that Gail did had many wanting to purchase her painting. Gail did a wonderful job explaining to us how various paint strokes would affect our paintings and her patience and concern for our improvement was greatly appreciated. Thank you Gail for devoting your expertise and time to all of us. The quilters were in high gear this season and made quilts and other useful items for those less fortunate than we. Quilters together worked on one quilt and had raffle tickets available. The quilt was magnificent and one lucky gal at the Craft Sale went home with a most stunning quilt. We had quilters making memory quilts - one, as a surprise for a graduating high school senior girl. That quilt had photos of the student, quilt squares with the school colors, school motto, important school events throughout the senior year, all made with the student's favorite colors. We were very impressed, Jodie! What a thoughtful gift for someone.
Bingo and cards are held weekly, horseshoes is very popular with the guys who hoot and holler their raves then go for coffee in the game room and a game of pool. A bocci court is also available. Our Game Room is a great place to relax or have small get-togethers with friends. The Game Room has a library, couches, easy chairs, card tables, pool tables, table shuffleboard, fooseball, and a flat screen TV all set up with Direct TV. The wonderful Fitness Center with treadmills, recumbent bikes, weight machines, lifts, and weights also has free Direct TV for those of you who want to pass the time away while doing your tough stuff. For people wanting more exercise there is the Zumba Class, Walk off The Pounds sessions and a 2+ mile groomed walking path around park and other natural desert land. This path can also be used for biking and walking our 4 legged pets. We have conveniently placed benches around the walking path for those wanting to rest or just enjoy the desert flowers popping up here and there. A couple who have stayed with us have taken photos and written a book about our desert plant. Thank you, Bob and Kris, for the dedicated work you did compiling and creating the Botanical Guidebook of information for all to use. We are indebted to you. Jeannie and others continue with a gathering for Bible Study in one of our meeting rooms. This has proven to be an informal and informative time for all. It is nondenominational and all are welcome. This season we had Lee Rieck leading water aerobics. Such a fun way to exercise "IT" off. Our ice cream socials with Iris have been extremely popular and why not. Most of us just can't accommodate those yummies in our RVs. The ice cream socials are a wonderful way to meet new folks while we all enjoy the frozen delights and fun conversation. Our Meet and Greets are another way to introduce you to others. Just bring an appetizer to share, and enjoy a cocktail or beverage as you meet new folks. These have turned into the "Happiest of Happy Hours" thanks to Bob, Donna, Roy and Darlene as hosts.
With the sun going down, we sit outside and watch the sunsets in colors that are incredibly beautiful. When the sun disappears, the sky is aglow with millions of stars to view as we sit and visit around the fire pits. If you've never seen an Arizona sunset or the breadth of the clear and beautiful sky sparkling with stars you must come to Desert Gardens. Our views are unobstructed and sometimes we wonder if that last sunset or starry, starry night can ever be surpassed - when upon the next night, another incredible show is before us. Life is good!
New visitors are welcome to join in the all classes and volunteer to be mentors for a class or event. There are many amenities that would add to your winter season's enjoyment of our park and perhaps interest you in purchasing a lot for as low as $16,600 for a 40' x 50' lot. We would be pleased to send you additional information on lot sales, lot rentals and discounts available. We hope you have enjoyed this summary of our park and look forward to hearing from you.
Marcy and Eric Nelson
Park Managers, Desert Gardens RV Park