16 May 2011
We've Been Looking at Parts of AZ
We flew on the bait-and-switching AllegiantAir from Billings to Mesa AZ. You know, the one that advertises one way per person of less than $100 but never has seats left at that price, and charges for every thing they can think of. They are on time though.
Saguaro cacti are protected species in AZ. I found these on the old Williams AFB, now Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. By the way, if you are coming from the west on 202 be sure to get off on Power Rd. There is no sign for the airport coming from that direction though there is a big sign if you come from the north on the same highway.
We were looking at houses in Sun City West, Sun City Grand, Arizona Traditions, and Corte Bella. There are a lot of nice-looking houses in these 55+ communities. We must have seen at least forty of them courtesy of good friend and realtor Gene Stumvoll. He and his wife Marlys used to live in Billings and now make their home in the northwest Phoenix metropolitan area, where Gene has noticed that there are signs of business picking up in home buying and selling. We apparently are about to become snowbirds.