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#1 OFFLINE   verlyn12

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 07:16 AM

We are just starting the snowbird thing and would like to find someplace-just for a couple of months Feb and March. We have friends that go to Casa Grande to the mobile home parks and have visited there but that is not what we're looking for. They golf, go to garage sales and flea markets and not much else. We don't do any of that and would like somewhere that has more to do particularly with other car enthusiasts, car shows etc. We are very familiar with Vegas but haven't been there for any length of time to know what else there is besides the tourist scene. Any suggestions?

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 11:41 AM

My brother lives in Az. and he tells me that in the south it gets very hot but the north is a lot cooler, so if the heat is a problem stay to the north part of the state, other than that I know very little about Az. I have been to vagas and there is a lot to do around the area but again it seemed hot to me.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 11:51 AM

My brother lives in Az. and he tells me that in the south it gets very hot but the north is a lot cooler, so if the heat is a problem stay to the north part of the state, other than that I know very little about Az. I have been to vagas and there is a lot to do around the area but again it seemed hot to me.

Thanks for replying. Vegas is really hot from May to October for sure. I just know we're aren't ready for the type of thing our neighbors do but would like to leave South Dakota for a month or so when it is coldest here. Thanks again.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 11:53 AM

In the summer the desert part of AZ is hot - Phoenix south. The mountains are more temperate - just north of Phoenix as you start to head into the mountains there are bands where the temperatures are moderate year around but you can get snow (e.g., Payson), and then north all the way to Flagstaff and you're in th emountains with winter and snow.

Las Vegas climate is more like the Phoenix/Tucson. Summers are desert hot. Winter does happen, trees do drop their leaves (as some trees do in even in Phoenix), snow is rare as a hen's tooth and when it does people have no clue how to drive.

Both places are sweater or light jacket morning, nicer in the afternoons. You can tell how long people have been there - snowbirds wear short sleeve shirts, long term residens wear long sleeves or sweaters.

Edited by twobjshelbys, 22 October 2012 - 12:00 PM.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 01:40 PM

One thing for sure, is that the car culture in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area in the winter is intense. When I do make it down there in January time frame, there are a couple mall cruizes on Friday/Saturday nights with literally hundereds of cars. Many Coloradan's winter in Phoenix. Lots of my car friends that can afford to head there. That is what I would do given the opportunity, but that will never happen with all our horses and other critters that we have year around.
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Posted 22 October 2012 - 02:29 PM

One thing for sure, is that the car culture in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area in the winter is intense. When I do make it down there in January time frame, there are a couple mall cruizes on Friday/Saturday nights with literally hundereds of cars. Many Coloradan's winter in Phoenix. Lots of my car friends that can afford to head there. That is what I would do given the opportunity, but that will never happen with all our horses and other critters that we have year around.

That's good to know-will look into that. Thanks.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:09 PM

Car enthusiast wise, Vegas is pretty nice during those months.
Car shows are starting up for the season.
Shelby is here.
There is a Cars and Coffee event every Saturday morning. Great Shelby turnout there. Usually about 200 to 300 cars weekly.
Also,another similar event on Sunday mornings on the north end of town.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:21 PM

I live in Tucson so if you have more specific questions feel free to pm me.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:29 PM

Palm Springs is also a nice vacation spot, especially for golfers.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 06:45 PM

Palm Springs, the ultimate winter spot. Plus, it's a couple hours from LA or San Diego and three of four hours from Vegas. I would definitely opt for Palm Springs where I lived for almost four years.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 07:28 PM

Car enthusiast wise, Vegas is pretty nice during those months.
Car shows are starting up for the season.
Shelby is here.
There is a Cars and Coffee event every Saturday morning. Great Shelby turnout there. Usually about 200 to 300 cars weekly.
Also,another similar event on Sunday mornings on the north end of town.
Shelby is here.
Oh, did I say that Shelby is here. :D


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BTW, still haven't made it out to a Cars and Coffee event - At Guitar Center, I worked every Saturday!
Looking forward to it sometime.


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Posted 24 October 2012 - 07:38 PM

The cars and coffee in Vegas is GREAT. Have been a few times.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 08:32 PM

Jer, you definitely need to get out to Cars n Coffee.
Always a good turnout.
There are also a couple of good breakfast joints as well as an Einsteins Bagel shop in the center.
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Posted 25 October 2012 - 06:39 AM

Thanks everybody. I have been looking on line at some rental units at the rv resorts and also the car club events and starting to put things together. We visited freinds at Casa Grande a few days (like a weekend) the last couple of years and knew that scene wasn't for us. The other thing that is interesting is that our friends are about 70 and have been going for 10 years-inlaws started going south about age 58. We visited events at 3 rv parks and didn't see people in that 60 range at all. The only conclusion we came to was that people our age are working longer or buying vacation homes because of the much lower prices. I am retiring in 11 months at 62 and hubby will be 65 so we are a few years behind when the inlaws started.
We are planning on attending the bash so will look into the rv parks and park model rentals before we bring a camper. I am thinking that with car events and also hubby is a Shriner so instead of flea markets and garage sales we will be able to find things that we enjoy. The Scottsdale and Mesa areas are intriguing as well. Looking forward to this retirement thing!!

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 08:47 AM

you could just come to kansas you know Verlyn, it is the land of Aaahs

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 11:57 AM

you could just come to kansas you know Verlyn, it is the land of Aaahs

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