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Old 12-06-2010, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Default Snowbirds and Yuma

I am in Yuma for the first time ever and I've learned the population for Yuma grows dramatically in the winter thanks to the snowbirds from the north, particularly Canada. I am amazed at the number of mobile homes I'm seeing just sitting in parking lots covered in nothing but dirt and sand. This area is nice enough but I fail to see the draw for these people to sit in a dirt parking lot all winter. I realize the weather plays a part but the overall draw escapes me.
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Old 12-06-2010, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Kingman - Anaconda
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You have not seen nothing yet. Head North to Quarzsite. that place is a sure eyeopener.
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Old 12-06-2010, 05:22 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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I think for many folks, having lived their entire life in the north, enduring frigid cold winters and rainy/humid summers, retiring to the simple life in the desert has a huge appeal.
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Old 12-06-2010, 05:24 PM
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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I think for many folks, having lived their entire life in the north, enduring frigid cold winters and rainy/humid summers, retiring to the simple life in the desert has a huge appeal.
Heck YEAH!

Ken
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Maple Lake, MN
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They have all kinds of social activities planned for them...think of it as senior "summer" camp
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Old 12-06-2010, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley, Az
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They have all kinds of social activities planned for them...think of it as senior "summer" camp
That is basically what I was going to say. Stick around a while, you will see why they are here. There are absoutely dozens of activities each week geared to the Winter Visitors.
Trailer parks have weekly socials and dances, stores have special sales, surrounding cities have parties for them, (San Luis, just last week), etc.

Then, of course you have the non organized activities-- Offroading, golfing, standing in the aisle in the store yakking while you are trying to shop.
It is one big social scene.

Curly
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Old 12-06-2010, 10:25 PM
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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That is basically what I was going to say. Stick around a while, you will see why they are here. There are absoutely dozens of activities each week geared to the Winter Visitors.
Trailer parks have weekly socials and dances, stores have special sales, surrounding cities have parties for them, (San Luis, just last week), etc.

Then, of course you have the non organized activities-- Offroading, golfing, standing in the aisle in the store yakking while you are trying to shop.
It is one big social scene.

Curly
This past summer we bought an older (ie affordable, ie cheap) motor home which we've been having fixed up. So far we've just taken a couple of short trips with it, but we've already experienced the very thing you mention at one of the RV parks we stayed at. I have to say the social aspect were totally unexpected but quite frankly great. It's pretty wonderful.

Ken
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:47 AM
 
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senior "summer" camp
LOL
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Yuma, AZ
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"I am in Yuma for the first time"...

Well then, start exploring the area.....hiking, biking, boating, fishing, kayaking, golfing, woodcarving, quilting, loafing...what's your pleasure ? Get involved with the community...are you into volunteering ? Have you checked out the Senior Games ? http://www.ci.yuma.az.us/Documents/C...-eventList.pdf. If you arrived in Yuma with expectations of something other than sand....sorry about your research....but there are plenty of green things around...just that most of them are edible. Well over 100K acres are in agricultural production in Yuma county. But if you came looking for trees, better fire up the rig and move somewhere else...however we live out in the country, with 3 huge pecan trees, 16 citrus trees and plenty of grass for the dog, ....we are very satisfied with Yuma.....wish we were there now instead of Charleston, SC where it is sunny and 28 degrees....

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Old 12-07-2010, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Yuma, AZ
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Yuma Arizona Things to Do

How 'bout a car show....Welcome to the Midnight at the Oasis Website / The Southwest's Premier Classic Car and Nostalgia Festival / Yuma, AZ

How 'bout an air show...MCAS Yuma Airshow 2011

How 'bout photography...when was the last time you saw Big Horn Sheep in Virginia ? Kofa National Wildlife Refuge

How 'bout fishing in Yuma....Fishing Arizona & The Colorado River

You get the idea...there are plenty of attractions in the Yuma area, maybe I have helped fill your calendar. Enjoy your stay.

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Gemstone1
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