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

Friday, July 9, 2010

Iowa to South Dakota

Today’s drive was more of the same.  We have been driving on the Interstates more this trip, as we are planning to join Glenn and Donna at the Badlands National Park, and don’t want them to have to wait too long on us.  They arrived there today… we’ll make it tomorrow, if all goes well.

I think every road we’ve been on has been under construction.  At one point on I-29, the traffic was reduced to 2 lanes.  The remaining lanes have been completely torn up and the ground plowed, preparing for the new lanes.  First time we’d seen road replacement taken to that level.2010-07-09 -2- SD, On the Road-2

2010-07-09 -2- SD, On the Road-1More farmland today2010-07-09 -2- SD, On the Road-4with a few cattle added to the mix.2010-07-09 -2- SD, On the Road-6Ron is always amused at the layout of larger farms…. lots of buildings and big barns with a small house tucked in somewhere.  Shows where the priorities lie.  2010-07-09 -2- SD, On the Road-3 I’m always on the lookout for unusual sights.  The next picture takes the award for today.2010-07-09 -2- SD, On the Road-5A little research online reveals the 100 ft sculpture is part of the Porter Sculpture Park, created by eccentric, Wayne Porter.  The sculpture is one of several in the park.

We are camped tonight at Mitchell, SD, home of the “famous” Corn Palace.  Interesting enough to see once, as we did in 2004, but we decided not to make a return visit.

IA to SD

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