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

Monday, July 19, 2010

Custer’s Last Stand at Little Bighorn

What appears to be a peaceful pasture setting in Montana is actually the site of one of the most historic battles in the west, that of the U.S. Army, under the command of Lt. Col. George Custer, against the native tribes of eastern Wyoming.P1050343

Looking closer, you realize the hillside is dotted with tombstones, erected where the individuals fell, white stones for the Army and red for the Native Americans.P1050314  










The Visitor Center at Little Bighorn has an excellent film on the days preceding the battle and the battle itself, giving honor to both sides.

What led to this infamous battle?  Who was at fault?

In 1868, believing it “cheaper to feed than to fight the Indians”, the U. S. Government tried to put a stop to the strife between the two factions by signing a treaty at Fort Laramie, WY, with the Lakota, Cheyenne and other tribes of the Great Plains, designating a large area in eastern Wyoming as a permanent Indian reservation.  The government promised to protect the Indians “against the commission of all depredations by people of the United States”.

What the government didn’t count on, however, was the discovery of gold in the Black Hills.  Thousands of gold seekers began to flow into the area, and of course, confrontations developed.  The army tried to keep the prospectors out, and the government offered to buy the Black Hills, but to the Indians, it was an affront to the treaty.  White man had no right to be in the lands the Indian had been promised.

The Indians left the reservation and commenced raids on the settlements and travelers to try and force them out.

The tribes were ordered by the government to return or be treated as hostiles.  Obviously they chose not to, and the campaign was planned against them.

The battle has been called a massacre.  Was it?  No.

It was a battle in which one side was vastly outnumbered.  Custer’s total command numbered about 600.  He vastly underestimated the number of warriors , as many as 1500 to 2000, warriors who would fight to the death, if necessary, to defend their homes and families.

Today the stones and memorials stand to remind us of a treaty broken… of a clash of cultures, caused by greed.P1050310










1 comment:

Ron-Anne on the road said...

Again,amazing, you are making us anxious to get on the road again, you are doing a great job highlighting the country for us, thanks