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, August 22, 2009

Having Fun with Photos

1939 - 5-29 - Trip West - Cabin at Longmont, Colorado In 1939, Ron’s parents, Earl and Bethel Adamson made an amazing trip west.  In just a little more than 3 weeks, they traveled from Indiana to California, up the coast to Washington, and back home.  Earl had just purchased a new Pontiac prior to the trip.  Can you imagine a trip of that magnitude made before the Interstates, and in that length of time?  The family still has Bethel’s journal of that trip, and it is fascinating reading.  She has included prices…. breakfast for less than a dollar?

The main focus of the trip was to visit relatives in California and Washington, but they also found time to stop in several areas to see the sights.

One such area was Cody.  We have a photo of Bethel in front of the Shoshone Dam Tunnel (now known as the Buffalo Bill Tunnel)  just west of Cody.  Seventy years later, we decided to see how close we could duplicate that photo.  Unfortunately, in 1985, the decision was made to add 25 feet in height to the dam, and the tunnel Bethel was photographed near exists no more.   A new series of tunnels was built farther into the bluff.  1939 - 6-21 - Trip West (11) Shoshone Dam Tunnel, Wyoming We took this photo as near to the original position as is now possible :having fun 2 

While in Cody, a photo of Earl was taken in front of the statue of Buffalo Bill Cody.  Through the ‘magic’ of Photoshop, I came a little closer to duplicating it.1939 - 6-21 - Trip West - Earl at Cody, Wyoming  having fun 1


We often think of the difference there is in our traveling now compared to 70 years ago.  Wouldn’t Earl and Bethel have marveled to see today’s modern RVs?

(if you would like to see the rest of the photos we have from that trip, CLICK HERE .  I have labeled them just as Bethel labeled them.  They could probably be enhanced a little with a photo-editing program, but I have uploaded them just as they are.)

I also found an interesting site with old photos and postcards from the Shoshone Dam and surrounding areas.  It’s Wyoming Tales and Trails, and is worth a look if you’re into history.

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