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

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Waterton Lakes National Park

There are places that neither words nor photos can adequately describe;  Waterton Lakes National Park, the Canadian side of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park is one.

The drive from St. Mary to Waterton is a beautiful drive through farming country on the east and the mountains on the west.P1050712

This was our first journey into Canada.  We crossed the border with no delay at Port of Chief Mountain.




Upon entering Waterton Lakes National Park (one of five Canadian National Parks), we decided to take the Red Rock Canyon Drive.  Grazing beside the road were two reindeer. P1050769

The park is the only protected corridor for wildlife moving between the U.S. and Canada.  We were told a grizzly was spotted along this road the day before, but we never found it.  The scenery, however, was great.P1050778Back on the main route into the community of Waterton, the icon that catches your eye is the famous Prince of Wales Hotel, perched high above the lake.P1050814   P1050813

We had to have a look inside.  The interior was not as opulent as I expected, but the view from the lobby is fantastic. P1050830P1050829 

A room here will run you between $200 and $300 per night, depending on the view; a suite runs $800.  Keep in mind that’s without air conditioning , bathtub, or TV  you will be “experiencing a stay here as our guests did in the thirties”.

It is interesting to read how the hotel was built; if you’d like to do that, click on this link.

We next took the scenic Akamina Parkway, winding through the mountains to Cameron Lake.


For lunch, we chose the Glacier Bistro; the dining room overlooked the lake, and the food was delicious.P1050949


I’ve definitely added Waterton to my list of Favorite Places. 

We completed our day with a circular drive through Canada, re-entering the States at Carway.

For a slideshow of more pictures of the day,

Click here.

St.Mary to Waterton

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