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

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Into Michigan

IMG_3803We decided to spend our ten weeks between Indiana and Yuma, AZ traveling North and West.  We encountered roadwork at the state line. It seems no matter what highway we choose, there is construction occurring. 

Once in Michigan, this morning, we thought to drive along the west shoreline, but found that to be a bit more difficult than we anticipated.We are very disappointed with the Michigan highway system.  There are few, often none, signs alerting you to the next intersection coming up.  We had planned to get on the shoreline highway at Holland, MI, but missed our road there.  We did find a road over at Muskegon, only to find a detour, and then very rough roads.  After driving for a short time along Lake Michigan, we decided the view was not worth the rough roads and found our way back to U.S. 31.

IMG_4116IMG_3821 My initial impression of the Michigan communities was that of Flowers.  The homeowners express their pride in their home by planting large numbers of flowering plants in their yards.  Street after street was adorned such, and often even the city sidewalks were lined with color, usually lush petunias. 

IMG_3843 We have stopped for the night at the small town of Hart, in their city campground, the John Gurney Park.  It’s an attractive small park on a small lake. 

South Bend to Hart, MI

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