Resort Destination: White Mtns, Arizona
by Phillip DeNise
The White Mountains in Arizona is where I landed when I had successfuly claimed my Social Security retirement benefit using the online process.
After visiting an ATM with my brand new Comerica Bankcard, my first purchase was a $300 bus-ticket to Holbrook.
When I had arrived in the mountains (Show Low) at the end of April, it was freezing at night and very windy during the day.
I was surrounded by the largest contiguous Ponderosa forest in the lower forty-eight. I spent an entire summer in those beautiful mountains, and found it quite easy to remain active; I was out among those magnificent trees everyday.
Public transportation, for seniors, was surprisingly cheap & I found a motel room for $125/wk., which left just enough for food (grocery prices are slightly higher than elsewhere, while fast food prices are the same as you are accustomed to).
The summers there are remarkably cool & the monsoon rains only occasionally inconvenient.
It was the prospect of approaching snow accumulations that chased me back to South Georgia, though I could have just wintered in Tucson, Yuma or even Holbrook.