Who We Are

We sold our home in June, 2007, and spent the next 7 1/2 years traveling full time in a Cross Roads Fifth Wheel. (We had been traveling during our summers for several years before going full time.) We loved the full-time lifestyle! Each summer we spent a month or two volunteering in State Parks, first in Indiana at McCormick's Creek State Park, near our family, then in later years as the grandchildren got older, at the Bluewater Lake State Park in New Mexico. We spent 6 months each winter at Cactus Gardens RV Resort in Yuma, AZ, where I worked mornings in the park office. The remaining months were spent on the road, seeing this great country of ours. Our favorite places are our National Parks. Anita loved photography and the freedom of digital photography, taking sometimes hundreds of photos in a day. We hiked as much as our legs will allow. We also really enjoyed square and round dancing as we travel across country, and meeting all the wonderful people who dance and/or travel.

But as in all things, there comes a time for change, and we decided it was time to create roots once more. In the fall of 2014, we purchased a home in Cactus Gardens, and in the spring of 2015, sold the 5th wheel. Anita also retired in the spring. We will continue to travel each summer, but for a shorter period of time. We hope to continue blogging about those trips, but it will obviously be on a more limited basis than in the past.

Please explore our past posts if you are interested in traveling this great country. You'll find an index in the left column. We hope you enjoy our blog, and appreciate all comments

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Chiricahua Hiking

Click here to view our slideshow from the hike.

The Chiricahua National Monument is a spectacular hiking area. “Chiricahua”, Apache for “standing up rocks”, is aptly named. The spectacular rhyolite stone pinnacles, thought to have been formed by ancient volcanoes, fill the park.

Today was our third time hiking the trails. In 2004, we climbed to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, one of the highest peaks accessible, only 1.8 miles round trip, but considered a moderate climb due to its elevation of 7,310 feet. In 2006, with friends J.D. and Laura, we explored Echo Canyon, a 3.3 mile loop.

Today, we chose to hike from the summit of Echo Canyon to the Visitor Center, a 4.3 mile hike, but mostly downhill. A park shuttle picked us up at the Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m., along with 6 other hikers. He drove us to the Echo Canyon Parking Lot, at 6780 feet elevation. The forecast was sunny, but windy. We were hoping to be sheltered from the wind a little by the canyon walls, and we were not disappointed. There was just enough wind to keep us from being hot in the mid 70’s temperatures.

It was a great hike, full of scenic postcard views. The other hikers soon left us behind, as I paused repeatedly to take more photos. Although the park cautions you may encounter black bear, mountain lion or rattlesnakes, we saw nothing larger than a skink.

A rock ledge at the bottom of the canyon provided the ideal spot for our picnic lunch.

We hiked among cypress, pine and fir, and then as we worked our way lower in elevation, encountered sycamore, juniper and oak, and finally near the visitor center, cactus and mesquite.

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our day, exploring the depths of the Chiricahuas.

From here, we’ll move on to Deming, NM tomorrow.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Glad you are getting in shape so you can walk around the Foggy Morning property! Enjoyed the pictures. It looks beautiful!

Chris and Jeanne