While many snowbirds come to Yuma each year I know a few people who will scratch their heads when they read the title of this post. While Yuma is well known for its sunny skies, over 300 a year, there is really not that much to do here as far as good restaurants or interesting adventures. What we found out on this visit is, a great way to have a fun time in Yuma is to get together with some of the many friends we have made while visiting Betty's in Louisiana.
After the work on Opus (still the next post) was done a day early, we were settled in at Mesa Verde RV Park and returned the favor and had Barb and Rick over for dinner. It was the usual fun time swapping stories and having a couple toddies.
We had received a message that Dan and Peggy were in Yuma, so we met up for a beer at the Prison Hill Brewery. We were not very impressed with the brewery so we went next door to Da Boys for lunch where they had a better selection of beer than the brewery.
After lunch we all got together for happy hour. Here are Dan and Merlene, who had just arrived at Mesa Verde that day, Rick, Barb, Nanc, Peggy, Dan and me with the beer bottle.
It has been a bit cloudier than normal in Yuma this winter. This has resulted in some great sunsets.
Every time we come to Yuma we make sure we get together with Joan and Dick Morgan. Nanc worked with Dick many years ago. They have both had some health issues, so we were happy to be able to get together for lunch. Seeing old friends on the road is always great and they go way, way back.
We learned that even more of Betty's RVers were in Yuma so we had a Betty's happy hour west. As you can see by the Betty's billboard, we are ALL caught in her web.
Here's the whole crew; Jim, Merlene, Dan, Nanc, Tom, Ann, Clay, Christy, Dan, Rick, Barb and Peggy kneeling. It was a fun evening with fun people.
Barb even gave Clay a haircut.
What is a Betty's happy hour without Betty. Rick brought out the bluetooth and we all got to talk to her in Abbeville. Here are Nanc, Rick, Christy and Barb.
We even had a tequila tasting so Dan and Merlene could show off the San Diego Chargers tequila holder and glasses they bought in Mexico. I'm not sure if their purchase caused it or not but the Chargers announced the next day that they were moving to Los Angeles. We don't know if it is now a valuable collectors item or a worthless relic.
It was a fun time for all the people who have met at Betty's. Some of us were meeting for the first time and others have been friends for a long time, but we all had the Betty's connection in common.
When in Yuma we always make a trip to Algadones, Mexico to do a bit of shopping. As most people do, we parked on the US side of the border and walked into Mexico. This little town has over 300 dentist offices, many optometrists, several liquor stores and vendors selling all kinds of made in Mexico stuff. We did contribute a few pesos to the Mexican economy so they should be able to pay for that wall.
We had lunch that always includes a free margarita along with great, authentic Mexican food. Algadones attracts so many snowbirds we were in line for an hour and half to get through customs heading back to Yuma.
The farewell dinner with those who stayed at Mesa Verde. We had a fun time together in Yuma and are now heading our separate ways. Rick and Barb are hanging out in the Southwest until spring before going to Alaska this summer. Dan and Merlene are slowly heading east to Betty's before heading to places unknown when it warms up. Nanc and I are going to San Diego then back to Tucson in February and then traveling to the Northwest. We know we will all meet again somewhere down the road. What a fun life we all have!
We will be in San Diego for a month-long visit. We are looking forward to seeing RV friends there and having a visit from Sherri when Mike is in South Dakota:)