Going West Next Year

Phaeton Place

A cooler and cloudy day in Orlando today but I still managed to get in a little pickleball this morning while Chris continued to plug away at her nutrition course.  The wind came up before lunch just as we finished playing which was a good excuse to shut things down for the day.  Pickleball is always an adventure when the wind blows.  I may have been a little overly cautious with our awning but the weather forecast was calling for 20 mph winds this afternoon and once he awning started rippling a bit, it was time to bring it in.  The strong winds never really materialized so I’ll put the awning back up tomorrow morning.

We are enjoying our time in Florida but also miss Arizona and southern California.  We are toying around with the idea of picking up old Route 66 somewhere south of Chicago area when we head south next fall from Ontario.  Probably somewhere around St Louis, MO and then heading west as far as Albuquerque, NM before turning south to spend some time at Bosque del Apache near San Antonio, NM for a little bird photography.  I understand the White Sands Missile Range is also a fantastic place for photography and it isn’t far from Bosque either.  After that we are thinking about perhaps booking into Happy Trails in Surprise, AZ until the new year and then heading for Palm Springs in January.  No firm plans and certainly nothing cast in stone yet but it is always good to have a rough idea. Today’s photo of Phaeton Place is an HDR composite taken as we stopped in Salt River canyon on Hwy 60 on our way into Apache Junction in November 2010.  I added the star effect highlight on the windshield.



  1. Jeannie February 5, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    If you guys go west, think about Casa Grande, AZ and Palm Creek RV resort. Prices are really reasonable and pickleball is HUGE there. Beautiful courts, lessons offered (I know you don’t need any :-) and tournaments. I think there are at least 12 courts at Palm Creek. Level of play goes to the top level. (5?) 18 hole golf course on the premises. Tons of crafts with classrooms devoted to each craft. The longer you stay the cheaper it is. First time visitors get a discount.

    • Mark February 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

      Thanks for the info on Palm Creek, Jeannie. We stopped in there several years ago to play with friends who stay there and were literally accosted by three over zealous red shirted front gate staff upon our arrival who basically told us to turn around and leave. Only registered guests could play according to them despite our friends having cleared our playing with management and also the pickleball club before hand. A complaint to the owner fell on deaf ears.

      Our friends were so embarrassed by the treatment we received. We swore then we would never ever return to Palm Creek and continue to feel the same way. We are looking at Happy Trails and perhaps Voyageur too.

      Sounds like you are enjoying Webster! We may pop up to the flea market tomorrow.

  2. Donna February 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    Sounds like a great plan ~ We love the west but being from Florida we spend the winter here each year to be near family during the holidays.
    GREAT photo!!!
    Have fun & Travel safe