It’s hard to believe that we’ve been here in Mesa Arizona, at Mesa Regal RV Resort, for two weeks already. As the saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” There is so much to see and do here.
One evening we were out on the bike, looking for a coffee shop I think (or perhaps ice cream), when we noticed, not for the first time, three lit up camels in a yard along Main Street.
This time we decided to investigate. We were awed by what we found! The camels were on the grounds of the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) Temple, and the camels were only a small incentive to draw people in to see the thousands of other lights, listen to a choir performance, and view the many Christmas Nativities. Several of these were life-size, on the temple grounds; others were miniature nativities from around the world, displayed in a room inside the Visitors Centre. We tried to take pictures with what cameras we happened to have with us – a point-and-shoot and an iPhone, while holding onto our motorcycle helmets. Needless to say, we didn’t get the pictures that we’d hoped for, but here are a few of the best.
Mesa Regal is very much in the Christmas spirit, with street decorating contests, street parties with Santa Clause, a Christmas dinner, and school choirs entertaining.
We’ve had our picture taken with Santa a few times.
On Wednesday we took advantage of a Gift Certificate given to us as a Christmas gift from Jim’s daughter and family. We signed up for a four hour jeep tour with Apache Trail Tours, and had a great time bouncing over rough, twisty trails and holding our breath, while at times looking straight down the side of a cliff, as we were transported from and elevation of 1100 feet to 9000 feet, up the Superstition Mountains. The view of Canyon Lake, and the changing rock formations and vegetation, and the history told to us by our driver/guide made it a very worthwhile adventure.
We hope to go back another day to the old west village from where the tour began to do some more exploring, but by the time the tour was done we had just enough time left to get to the Christmas dinner, for which we’d purchased tickets.
Despite all of the decorations and parties, we’re still having trouble believing that Christmas is just a few days away. We’ll spend Christmas Eve with some of our new friends at a house party. Christmas Day we hope to connect with our families back home through the internet. We miss them all.
WISHING EVERYONE A MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, AND SAFE TRAVELS.
See you in the New Year.
A very merry Christmas and happy 2014 to you both, Love following your adventures! Elaine
Merry Christmas, my friend!
All the best to you and your loved ones in Year 2014!
The joy of sharing a warm, welcoming environment in Mesa makes me long to be there with you. You always seem to be able to make each day an adventure. Have a happy time on Christmas Day with your friends, and may most of your wishes come to fruition in the New Year.
Merry Christmas Judy and Jim. We didn’t particularly enjoy our first time away for Christmas, but now it’s become the norm and we love it. Dave brings all sorts of tacky decorations and brings out a new one each day. My job is to notice and go oooohhh — aaaaahhh. Beats dealing with the weather back home.
Wow–it really sounds like you’re having a great time, and it looks like it will be a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Yes, Christine, it will be good, with new friends, but we will miss family and old friends. Not the weather though 🙂