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

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

While staying at Cochiti Lake, NM, we decided to hike in the nearby Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages the site, all the land surrounding it is tribal owned by the Pueblo de Cochiti. The monument is reached by a 5 mile gravel road through the desert.

The name "Kasha-Satuwe" means "white cliffs" in the traditional Keresan language of the pueblo. The landscape is remarkable, shaped by ancient volcanic eruptions.
Close inspection of the arroyos reveals small, black glassy obsidian fragments,"apache tears", embedded in the rocks. These were created by a rapid cooling of the molten flow.

There are many precariously perched boulder caps on the "hoodoos" or tent shaped structures. A 1.5 mile trek takes you up through the narrow canyon, and is captivating. For some of our photos from that hike, click on the photo below:

1 comment:

Jeanne said...

Hi! It looks like you are seeing such beautiful country. The pics from the Air Force Academy took me back to when I was young and our family traveled there. Colorado is one of my favorite places. I'm so glad you both are enjoying the sights. Talk to you soon!