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

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Kingman and Oatman, AZ

Our last stop before heading south to Yuma was in Kingman, AZ, where we stayed for a week. Kingman holds the proud title of "Heart of Historic Route 66". Citizens of the area have been responsible for preserving the longest section of Route 66 still in use.

We enjoyed our stay in Kingman, dancing at the local square dances (both in Kingman and Lake Havasu City), making new friends, experiencing the Andy Devine rodeo; and making a side trip to Oatman, AZ.

The drive to Oatman was worth the trip in itself. Traveling Route 66 with its narrowness and curves, up and down the steep inclines was captivating.

New friends, Ron and Linda, accompanied us. Linda, a history buff, made a great tour guide, pointing out many of the old mines along the route, and providing intriguing history tidbits.

Oatman was a gold mining community, and has been preserved much as it was in its heyday. It's biggest tourist draw today is its wild burros.

The burros have learned that if they wander in from the hills mid morning, they can expect a free lunch from the tourists. The local merchants sell carrots just for that purpose, a dollar a bag. Most of the shops keep their doors standing open. If a burro happens to wander in, it's just shooed out with a broom.

For more pictures of Kingman and our trip to Oatman, click here:

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