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 25, 2008

Grand Canyon National Park

We have visited many spectacular places in the United States over the years, but few, if any, can compare to the awesomeness of the Grand Canyon. Last summer, after a visit to the Grand Canyon, a cousin commented that he "had always wondered what the big deal over a ditch was, but once he had actually seen it, he knew".

No matter how many pictures or videos you may have seen of the Grand Canyon, nothing can prepare you for actually experiencing it's vastness.

We chose to visit the South Rim this year, perhaps we'll get to the North Rim next year. It is 10 miles across the canyon to the North Rim, as the eagle flies, but 215 miles by road.

The south rim has an elevation of 7000 feet, and the weather was perfect today.

We hiked along the Rim Trail, which runs several miles next to the canyon's edge.
Many visitors to the area either hike or take a mule trip to the bottom of the canyon. It takes two days to hike down and back, and they can choose to stay at the Phantom Ranch. This facility was built in 1922 from uncut river stones from the canyon bottom and materials packed in by mule. It sits one mile straight down from the rim, but requires a hike or ride between 7 and 10 miles, depending on which trail is taken.
Can you spot the trail far below?

Phantom Ranch lies in the small green area in the lower left of the photo.
It was quite a treat to spot some Bighorn sheep toward the end of our hike.

After a picnic lunch, we took the 25 mile drive to the East Entrance. The historic building known as the Watchtower sits at the edge of the rim. Built in the early 1900s, the structure was designed to look like a Pueblo Indian tower. Constructed of stones from the rim, it blends in beautifully with the surrounding landscape and looks as if it's been there forever. The tower has an observation deck, and inside steps leading to the top. The interior is decorated with native designs.
For more of our photos of the canyon, longhorn sheep and watchtower, take a look at our slideshow:

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