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

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Touring Glacier’s Going-to-the-Sun Road

gl1 Glacier National Park was our first planned destination once Hoyt and Bernice joined us.  They arrived on Saturday, just as the weather changed from the balmy seventies of the past week to a high on Sunday that didn’t quite reach 60, with clouds, fog and a stiff wind.  The forecast was not predicting improvement for several days, so we decided to spend Sunday in Glacier despite the weather.

Glacier National Park was our 8th national park established (1910).  Earlier, Canada had established Waterton Lakes National Park (1895).  In 1932, the first International Peace Park was formed when the two parks became linked. 

Aptly named the “Crown of the Continent”, the area remains sacred to the Blackfeet, Salish and Kootenai tribes, and it’s easy to see why.

The Going-to-the-Sun road is one of the most spectacular highways in the U.S.  Traveling its 51 miles, one moves from dense cedar and hemlock forests at lakeside….


past alpine meadows with glacier views…


to emerge at the edge of the western prairie.


A fascinating feature in the park is Triple Divide Peak.  Three raindrops falling less than six inches apart on its summit can travel in vastly different directions: into the Columbia River, the Mississippi or the Saskatchewan.

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We drove the Road-to-the-Sun from west to east.  The fog continued to worsen at the highest peaks during the day, so at the eastern end of the road, we elected to drive back via Highway 2 around the south edge of the park (covered in previous posting on Marias Pass), rather than back over the peaks.

gl7  A stop at the Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier was fascinating.  As we walked through the establishment, we marveled at the huge logs used in it’s construction.  Built in 1913, it contains 60 Douglas Fir columns 40 feet tall, and ranging from 36-42” in diameter.  Each column was brought in by rail from the Pacific Northwest.The floor plan is patterned after early Christian basilicas.  It is quite impressive.



We stopped in West Glacier on the way home.  Any day of sightseeing can only be made better with an ice cream treat.gl10


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