Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Yuma for New Years

I spent Christmas in Mesa this year with Max and some of his family. Found a nice little church and attended candlelight Christmas Eve services and got to sing all my favorite carols. We even went to see the new 'True Grit' movie, which I would recommend. It was great. But following Christmas we headed down to Yuma where many of our friends were hanging out.
No trip to Yuma is complete without at least one stop across the border at Algodones. Here are a couple of us having fun at the Green Door,

While the rest of the group looks on.

But New Years Eve finds the group having its traditional finger food buffet out by the campfire. This year there were over 100 people attended some part of the WINs Christmas/New Years gathering. Many were parked on BLM land located behind the VFW. This is a favorite hang out in this area because the VFW has live music and dancing every day from 2-6. We can just walk over whenever we want. The VFW also had live music to ring in the New Year. They also had a potluck, so we didn't go hungry New Years Eve.

Out by the campfire earlier in the evening of New Years Eve. Notice the coats, hats and gloves? I know it wasn't as cold as much of the USA, but in my opinion it was cold enough. I wonder how far south I have to go for shorts?

And the party begins over at the VFW. Live music, food, dancing and good friends to ring in the new year.

Nowdays you don't have to have an entire band to sound like one. This couple, which are snowbirds down from Canada, sounded like they had an entire band to back them up.

But of course, the WINs provided a bit of entertainment too. Bagpipe Bob (Bob McCourt that is), brought out his bagpipes and played a few tunes.

And of course there was the dancing until midnight.

But there is always the next morning. And here are some us, bright and early, out for our daily hugs. Happy New Year to all my friends and family.

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