Pueblo El Mirage has 1200 sites with a mixture of about 40 percent park models and 60 percent RV sites. It has two pools, a whirlpool, fitness club, an 18 hole Fuzzy Zoeller Golf Course, with club house bar and grill, horse shoe pits, lawn bowling, tennis courts and Pickle Ball courts, a cross between tennis and ping pong. There are many activity rooms, a hair salon, a nail salon, a barber shop, book library, video library, recreation hall, banquet hall with restaurant and a laundromat. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with many plantings of native flowers and cacti. They have Halloween decorations up now and are already starting to put up Christmas lights.
There are so many activities available for us to participate in that we are finding we do not have enough time for all of the ones we would like to do. We have already met many nice folks at the re-opening of the Golf Club Bar and Grill, and at a pool side Luau. This coming Wednesday we have a hot dog cookout at the community fire pit followed by a movie on the lawn and then Friday a Halloween Party.
Josie is into water aerobics every weekday at 10 am, Mah Jongg two afternoons a week and she will try to fit in Tai Chi Gong a type of stretch exercise similar to yoga. She would also like to take crochet lessons. She also has plans for a wine tasting while I am gone on a road trip with my brother to see sprint car races in El Paso, Texas and Las Cruses, New Mexico.
I have been playing golf two or three days a week with one of the golf groups. The El Mirage course is still closed for over seeding and will not open till October 31st, so we have been meeting for breakfast at the club house and then car-pooling to other area courses. Once our course opens I will join the golf league. I hope to also play on the softball team as we also have our own field here on the grounds. I have started a birding group through the activities office and our first outing will be Wednesday morning here on the grounds. With all the plantings and folks with humming bird feeders, I have found 33 species of birds on the grounds so far.
If there were not enough to do here at El Mirage we also have a six pack of tickets for the NHL Arizona Coyotes Hockey team, so we will go to one game a month while we are here. We like to froze to death at the first game last Saturday. I talked Josie into NOT taking a blanket along with her sweater, coat, gloves and head band. I wore shorts but took a small jacket. Big mistake! It might have been 92 degrees outside but it was very cold in the arena. Major League Baseball has a fall league here in Arizona with 6 teams, each team is made up of players from 5 Major League Teams. We have been to one game together and I have gone to three others. Next Thursday we are going over to Scottsdale to watch the first round of the PGA Senior Tour Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
If any of you are going to be in the Phoenix area over the next five months let us know. We would love to see you. The weather is great!