Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Few More Pictures of The Villages

On Monday Rich was meeting the group of guys for Pickleball at Saddlebrook. (Well, there are a few woman who play there, but not too many.) Today Yuka was there. I wanted to go back down to the Churchill Street Rec Center for pickelball. The group of players here are just so friendly and as I said before, I knew a lot of them from last year. We arrived at our courts right around 7:00 am. I left Churchill St. about 10:15 and by the time I got back to Saddlebrook, Rich had just finished his last game.

That afternoon, we decided to take the golf cart out and head back down to Saddlebrook. I am just amazed at the golf cart roads here at The Villages, so I took the camera along. Hope you enjoy our road trip..........

Here, we just pulled out of our Community onto El Camino Real, which will take us to Buena Vista Blvd. The golf cart trails, are two way, as you can see another cart approaching us ahead, That is the entrance to The Savanna Rec Center on the left.
Once you get to Buena Vista Blvd., you have to get to the other side! Some of the roads in the Villages have golf cart lanes, or there are signs that remind drivers that they are sharing the roads with golf carts. But on the main roads, golf carts are not allowed. It is necessary however to cross those main roads, and so they have built these tunnells that go underneath the road. This is one of two tunnels we'll pass on the way to Saddlebrook.

Here we are on the other side now headed south on Buena Vista. As you can see, the grounds are immaculately maintained. It's a beautiful ride. That's Buena Vista Blvd, just to the left.
This is the rec center at Saddlebrook. The grounds here at Saddlebrook are huge, with tennis courts, pickelball courts, a baseball diamond where they play softball, as well as the Polo grounds. Yes you can actually watch them play Polo. I believe the stable for the horses are also somewhere here at Saddlebrook. As for the actual rec center building, it is probably one of the smallest.
In the billards room, there are five pool tables. Here's Rich beating me big time!!

Tom and Rich playing a game of 8 Ball. Tom comes here most every afternoon to shoot, so the two of them made plans to meet again for some Straigt Pool. This guy was very good.
The skys were starting to cloud up and we had about a 15 minute ride back to the Villa. So we headed back before the rain.
OK - Time to head back to the Villa.........Here we are headed up the hill, coming out of the tunnel crossing back across Buena Vista. Reminds me of an amusement park ride!! Hope this oncoming moves to his side of the road pretty soon.
This is the entrance to the Village we are staying in. Village Santiago. So let's go on through the gate........

Oh.....this is interesting too. Each Village has multiple "post offices". Post Office Boxes here for each home. There are also boxes for outgoing mail, and you can purchase your daily newspapers here as well.

Here we are back home............Within Village Sanitago, we are located in Villa Vera Cruz. About 1 minute from home.
Well, we made it back before the rain. But not by much. It wasn't long before we got our afternoon shower.

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