On to Laveen, Arizona, to spend the night at Kim's brother's house. We had a family get together that night. Kim's folks, his youngest brother David, sister Cathy, Tom and his partner Ken were all there. Ken barbequed some wonderful pork chops, Cathy made potato salad and asparagus. And we stuffed outselves. Then on to pinochele. We play by Mingo family rules, which means cheating is possible. Code talk across the table, substituting a club for a spade in a slug, etc. One must keep his or her eyes peeled! And the best part of the evening (okay - second best - family comes first) was a long luxurious soak in the garden tub! It was heaven.
After 3 loads of laundry, and Tom taking us to the Whole Foods Store in Tempe, we headed out to Buckeye, AZ (about 30 miles west) for a week at the Leafe Verde Resort. Nice check in reception, with an escort to our site, and help getting lined up. The park is basically a parking lot. Back in sites around the perimeter are occupied mostly by permenant residents, it appears. There is an assortment of park models, motor homes, 5th wheels and trailers. All the other sites are pull throughs. There is one aisle that is devoted to over nights only. Honestly, that is the worst thing I can say about this park. There are a few trees. You can hear some of the freeway noise from I-10 (east of Phoenix, just before Goodyear). But really, it was a nice stay.
The park is very, very clean and well cared for. The staff friendly. The one big compliment I have is that they do not cram everyone in side by side. We spent a week there, and had 2 open spots on either side of us, with permanent residents in the next spots over. So it went occupied, open, open, us, open, open, occupied. That appeared to be the rule of thumb, unless you requested a specific spot or were travelling with other rigs.
There is a nice pool and hot tub. We didn't use them, but they appeared very clean. We checked out the showers and restrooms. Again, very clean, with liquid soap provided in the showers. My only thought would be that if your rig didn't have a head, you'd want to be parked near the office, as that is where the restrooms and showers were. You would not want to be 10 rows away, and have to run for the restroom in the morning. There is a lounge with a fairly nice pool table, and tables for cards with a small book exchange. Nice clean washing machines and dryers - which I noticed they wipe out and clean daily (another plus). They offer larger events, including weekly yoga, at the 'barn'. And there is a small hair salon on site as well. There was one small fenced dog run, and then at the back of the park, there is a gate that opens out onto an acre or more of free run area but it is not fenced.
There are lots of services within a mile of the park, including a Super WalMart, a Frys grocery store, Lowes, Staples, fast food, nail salons, a Cracker Barrel and a chinese restaurant. The little community of Verrado with a quaint shopping area is just a few miles down I-10 toward Phoenix.
All in all, it was a nice stay. We considered staying there for another 30 days, but instead opted to move out to Pioneer Park in North Phoenix, just south of Anthem.