Having been to SDA only once before, it felt like going 'home' the second time.
Obviously there are small (and sometimes large) changes, but the feeling and people remain a constant,
which is why I'll be going there again this year (Christmas Boogie 2005).
I've spent about 8 weeks there and jumped around 160 times (only in December btw), but what a place.
I've never spent a night alone, always found the staff approachable & friendly, and prepared to go out on a limb for you,
more aircraft than you can shake a stick at, great packers, load organisers, AZTC and some really, really cool people.
As I write this, I've got 254 jumps to my name, so I've pretty much gone to SDA wide-eyed & just off student status,
well, relax.. there are plenty of outs, a simple landing pattern on two large landing areas (one specifically for students)
and plenty of staff that will look after you and give you the heads-up on all you need to know.
The weather in December is pretty good, cold evenings & mornings but warms up pretty quick, and is mostly sunny,
however, it can rain too, but isn't that like anywhere ? Besides, Square-2 have pretty much all the clothing you could want,
and sometimes have sleeping-bags in too (saves you having to bring one) for around $20, although I would phone first
to make sure.
The Bent Prop will satisfy all your food/alcohol needs along with videos (even your own if they're suitable)
or the Crimson Sky Cafe, where you can buy most of the things you forgot (soap powder to hangover remedies)
Kyle runs the internet cafe next door and there are massages, a heated swimming pool, showers & laundry area,
camping (which is free) the bunkhouse now has bigger lockers (rig & equipment size), microwave & video player
and much improved sleeping areas (with privacy curtains & light) power-points.
There is a Walmart in Casa Grande for anything else you need (try and get a lift rather than a taxi) you'll find someone
going there almost every day at some point.
If there is anything you need to know, just pm me and I'll try my best to help.