Friday, January 18, 2013

Life In A Yuma RV Park- Day One


Caravan Oasis RV Park has 550 sites, 2 outdoor swimming pools, 2 outdoor Jacuzzis, 2 dog runs, 2 laundry rooms, a doggy washing station, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard court, a pool hall, a meeting hall and a fitness center.  There is a mail center with a mail box for every site.   Many of the sites are occupied by “Park Models” like these shown below:

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A typical street has a mixture of Park Models and Motor Homes/Campers.  That is our site in the center of the picture:


I have to admit it is nice to have full amenities AND nice weather.  We have met several of the locals, who are all very friendly.  Our friends from Idaho Falls, Brian and Teresa Morris, took us on a walking tour of the amenities:

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Another great benefit; it is 2.8 miles to a Wal-Mart Supercenter.  It was stock up day for us.  We noticed right away that over half of the vehicles in the parking lot had Canadian license plates; another 30% were from northern US States (where it is really cold right now).  This Wal-Mart is laid out a lot like the one in Idaho Falls, so it felt pretty familiar.  The noticeable thing inside was the vast majority of the customers were senior citizens.  Not many young people or families.  You gotta wonder if it is pretty much empty in the summer.

Brian and Teresa came over for happy hour before Rosie and I had dinner.  After dinner, I headed over to the Main Hall to check out the Friday night Jam Session.  That was really interesting.  About 20 to 25 participants take chairs in a big circle, then take turns coming up to the microphones in the front to perform while everyone else accompanies the main performer.  There were men and women, singles and duos, guitar players, mandolin players and harmonica players.  All of them are residents of the Park and all appeared to be in their 70’s and 80’s.  For a gathering of mostly amateurs, they were quite good.   Some of them were certainly professional entertainers in their younger days.  The genre was 50’s country/western (not my favorite), but entertaining nevertheless.

We are really settling in to RV Park life here in Yuma.  Thanks for stopping by!


Merikay said...

Not a bad way to spend a winter.

BJ said...

Rosie, any pickleball courts? It looks like a beautiful Park. Is it in the Foothills?

Laurie and George said...

Looks like a nice park. Love the pools and jacuzzi :-)

Jim and Rosie Sathe said...

BJ, what is a pickleball? We are not in the foothills, we are on the east edge of the city of Yuma.


Donna K said...

Looks like a nice park. I would love to be a boondocker but I think I like my comforts too much haha!!