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, September 11, 2010

Arches National Park 2010, Day 2

Within 2 miles of the entrance to Arches National Park lies the first major pull-off of the park, and some of the more massive red sandstone formations, entitled Park Avenue, for it’s resemblance to the skyscrapers of a city street. 

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Most visitors to the park will stop, walk out to the Viewpoint, take some pictures, and return to their drive through the park without considering a hike down this amazing trail between enormous towering walls of red sandstone. We decided to hike the 1 mile canyon.

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The hike is labeled moderately strenuous, primarily for the 320 foot descent which is almost entirely at the trailhead, as rough steps have been built into the descent.

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As in all of Arches, the landscape is almost overwhelming in size.

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Perhaps the two most fascinating formations to us were those labeled Queen Nefertiti and Sheep Rock.  Queen Nefertiti looks as if a small earthquake could just slide the top off.

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Sheep Rock is amazing in how much it actually resembles a lamb or sheep, right down to the eye, ears and nose.

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Most of the formations we saw are visible from the road and easily accessible viewpoints, but there is a large difference in seeing them there, or actually from the hike.

Word of advice, though, to any considering the hike.  There is a parking area at the end of the trail for vehicles to park if picking up hikers only wanting to hike one way on the trail.  It would make a much easier hike to park there, walk  up the canyon and back, without having to descend or ascend the many stairs at the trailhead.  Naturally, we thought of this only after descending the stairs.  J

For more photos from the hike, click anywhere on the map below:

Park Avenue

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