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

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Running from Gustaf

We awoke to light rain in Utica, IL. With a forecast for heavy rains in the afternoon, we decided to try to get west before they arrived.
We were in light rain most of the day, but finally found clearing skies near Des Moines, IA. We found a nice C.O.E. campground on Lake Saylorville, just north of the city. Having been in rain for two days, we decided it might be nice to lay over for a day, and just enjoy the peace and quiet of the park.

The night was our coolest of the season, in the high 40's, but the day warmed quickly to 70. We enjoyed a walk along an old spillway from the dam.

The drive through Iowa has been a pleasant surprise. Never having been in the state before, I had a preconceived idea that it was made of flat fields of seemingly unending corn. The cornfields are there, but lie amid gently rolling hills, on picturesque farms.

We spotted this huge sculpture, apparently of copper, near one of the small towns.

We crossed the state line into Nebraska shortly after lunch. Nebraska is more what I expected of the plains, much flatter.

We are not finding many campgrounds along I-80 through Nebraska. Most are located several miles from the interstate. We prefer the Corps of Engineers parks, but Nebraska has only 2, neither of which are on our route.

We are spending the night at the Prairie Oasis RV Park, just east of Grand Island. We will not be spending much time in either Iowa or Nebraska this trip, as we have several places we want to visit in NM, CO, and AZ.

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