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, July 11, 2010

Badlands National Park

2010-07-11 - SD - Badlands National Park 1011 Driving into the Badlands is like entering an alien world.  Your senses are assaulted by the hills made of rock rather than soil, by the fantastic colored bands,  and by the expansive views.   The area has fascinated explorers for decades, filling them with a combination of dread and fascination.  The Lakota called it mako sica; the early French trappers  described it as les mauvaises terres a traverser.  Both translate to Bad Lands.

It was hot when we visited the area in 2004 (105 degrees).  Today was hot also, but not quite as bad (92 degrees).  But it seems natural here for heat to be radiating from the stone. 

Fancy yourself on the hottest day in summer in the hottest spot of such a place without water – without an animal and scarce an insect astir – without a single flower to speak pleasant things to you and you will have some idea of the utter loneliness of the Bad Lands.” Paleontologist T. Culbertson

And yet, there is a beauty all around you.

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The many bands of color are from the layers of deposit over the eons of minute grains of sand, silt and clay that have been cemented into solid form.

Conservationist F. Tilden described it as “peaks and valleys of delicately banded colors – colors that shift in the sunshine,…and a thousand tints that color charts do not show.  In the early morning and evening, when shadows are cast upon the infinite peaks or on a bright moonlit night when the whole region seems a part of another world, the Badlands will be an experience not easily forgotten.”

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Come, take a drive through the park with us.  Click on the brochure to begin:

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For more information on the Badlands, click here.

1 comment:

Ron-Anne on the road said...

Hi, I can only say WOW and thanks for keeping up the blog, I check it every evening.
Ron