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, July 6, 2010

Rathbun Lake C.O.E.

The roadtrip today was similar to yesterday.  A little variety was added with the addition of soybean fields to the cornfields J.   Once beyond the Mississippi River 2010-07-06 - IL to IA, Rathbun Lake C.O.E. 1005 the flat farmlands turned to rolling hills, with many picturesque small farm buildings from the past visible.  This barn reminded me of Dad’s.2010-07-06 - IL to IA, Rathbun Lake C.O.E. 1007 We are spending a couple nights at the Rathbun Lake Prairie Ridge Campground near Centerville, IA.2010-07-06 - IL to IA, Rathbun Lake C.O.E. 1010 The water level is high.  The boat launch ramp is not even visible, and the trees are standing in water. 2010-07-07 - IA, Rathbun Lake - Prairie Ridge C.O.E.-32010-07-06 - IL to IA, Rathbun Lake C.O.E. 1009 The campground gets its name from the tall grass prairies with its many wildflowers.  An effort was made in 1971 to re-establish the tall grass prairies here.2010-07-06 - IL to IA, Rathbun Lake C.O.E. 1012 2010-07-07 - IA, Rathbun Lake - Prairie Ridge C.O.E.-42010-07-07 - IA, Rathbun Lake - Prairie Ridge C.O.E.-1  Several monarchs were feeding on the milkweed blossoms as we walked.2010-07-06 - IL to IA, Rathbun Lake C.O.E. 1015 The weather is very humid.Bloomington to Centerville, IA

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