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Retirement is about doing the things you want to do, when you want to do them.

So on a rainy day after getting my haircut as I was driving back to my home at Village at Deaton Creek, a Del Webb Community, I decided to stop at the State Arboretum of Georgia while the rain subsided for a while. I was the only one there on the 330 acres as far as I could tell. It was beautiful.

I was not in a rush, so I walked around admiring the beautiful colors and reading the tree specimen signs. On another day, when it’s dryer, I will return since it’s only 10 minutes from my home and walk on the trail I noticed. Here are some pictures from today.

State Arboretum of Georgia
Love the contrast. That tree trunk really was that black.
State Arboretum of Georgia
Rain drops on tree berries.
State Arboretum of Georgia
Last moments of Fall color.
State Arboretum of Georgia
Tree man…or elephant?
State Arboretum of Georgia
Would hate to have to rake all those leaves!
State Arboretum of Georgia
State Arboretum of Georgia

For residents of Village at Deaton Creek, this place is so close but is hard to find. The address is  New Liberty Church Rd, Braselton, GA 30517.  Take a left on Liberty Church Road right past the Ace Hardware, then left at the white church, then it will be on your left.

Also catch my posts about the Mulberry Creek RiverWalk and Walking Places.

There are lots of things to do around Braselton GA and the Friendship Rd area is turning into a retirement paradise. Del Webb has announced a second new community to be called Del Webb Chateau Elan.  This page lists the Best Active Adult Communities in Georgia.

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Are Del Webb Community Signs True?

Riding through a new Del Community community, I couldn’t help to notice all the marketing signs along the road and in the sales center.  I remember those same type signs all along the parkway here at the Village at Deaton when I moved in and when they came down after the community sold out and the sales center closed down. They were intriguing.

Marketing signs are there to create appeal and spark the imagination of the prospects.  But do they portray an accurate picture of life in a Del Webb Community, I pondered.

So I snapped pictures of the signs I came in contact with at a recent visit to their new Del Webb Chateau Elan community.  Let’s take a look and see how they size up to reality.

Each sign has an image and a caption. The first sign was at the entrance and is picture at the top of this post.  The caption: Chateau Elan – where a whole new life begins… with a image of residents socializing at one of their home, with a glass of wine.  My comment: True. I could see that sense happening and parties and get togethers like that are fairly common.

Chase new adventures
Chase new adventures

Comment: For some reason Del Webb marketing loves to show people riding bikes.  From my view point on the imagery, bike riding is more common in the marketing than real life. Some people have bikes for sure and I frequently see even a recumbent bike and several motorcycles. Maybe bikes are more common in Florida.  The message “Chase new adventures” is a common theme for retirement in general.

Never stop growing
Never stop growing

Comment: I think a more appropriate caption would be “Never stop playing”.   On the image I think he is going to hit the pickleball in the net. The paddle should be straight up to punch.  Coach says you punch a volley and stoke a ground ball.

Life gets better
Life gets better

Comment: I agree on the caption message.  On the image, those guys would look out of place in my Cardio class. The models look too young.

Do as little or as much as you want
Do as little or as much as you want

Comment:  I like the caption.  It fact, I wrote a post on Puttering around and many on activities is the answer.   On the image, I don’t think so.  I wouldn’t want a garage band next to me, that’s for sure.  It’s pretty quite on the street and most would like to keep it that way.  I think they do have some musical activities at the clubhouse.

Learn. Create. Share. Grow.
Learn. Create. Share. Grow.

Comment: Looks like a community garden, which most communities do have. Our Del Webb community, but for some reason, it was taken down, but a park like area remains in that spot. Many people do garden in their backyards. Caption is a little to generic to comment on.

Friendly interesting people
Friendly interesting people

Comment:  This is true.  I didn’t think so many interesting people could be found in one community.  It seems everyone has quite a life story and is engaged in so many things.  Friendly is the default mode around here.

So many wonderful friends
So many wonderful friends

Comment: So many things to do and people to do it with. These last two signs focused on people and I think that is a correct focus.  It’s not just the amenities, but the people who make the community.  I like the image and it is quite common to visit with people in your front yard. There are sidewalks on both sides of the streets. If you take a walk down the street you are likely to stop to visit someone.

A community in the truest sense of the word
A community in the truest sense of the word

Comment:  Yes, a community is what you getting, not just a house. Some people have a hard time paying the price of the house, saying the house doesn’t seem to be worth it.  But what they are missing is that are getting a community with plenty of activities and facilities and friendly interesting people to do it with.

Happy stress free living
Happy stress free living

Comment: Well Del Webb goes for the close on this one, don’t they. See previous comment about price tag.

By the way, I do not work for Del Webb, nor do they pay me anything for this blog.  Comments are my own. I do live in a Del Webb community for over two years now.

Robert Fowler