Then, 20 years into that career, he felt the need for a change and that’s when he began to plan a move to Arizona. Why Arizona? “Something was just telling me to come out here,” he explained. “I just hopped on an Amtrak train and three days later I was here. I knew one person in Arizona but it was give-or-take if I’d ever find him.” It was also bad timing – late August – but when you get that feeling about something, that can be all the planning you get.
He was also ready for a change in career, so instead of working with cars, he took a job on the staff at an RV Park in Apache Junction. That would last 17 years. Along the way he was diagnosed with colon cancer and only after he came through it did his doctor confide that he “wasn’t supposed to make it.” Nevertheless, after losing his colon and a few other parts of internal equipment, he bounced back. Now, seven years later, the only effect is, as he put it, “That’s why I’m so skinny.”
It was nearly two years ago that Bobby decided it was time to leave the facility where he’d been working, explaining that “They were going to sell the company and they ran it into the ground,” and that’s when he came to The Resort.
And over the last few years, his two grandsons, Cooper and Dylan, inspired Bobby to do a storybook for them, with original illustrations. Then, he did another one, and that one became Little Pumpkin Shines, published last year by Many Seasons Press. (It’s available via the online stores at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Walmart.