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

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Canyonlands National Park – Needles Section

Canyonlands National Park  covers 530 square miles of southeastern Utah where the Green and Colorado rivers come together.  It is perhaps one of our more unusual national parks, geographically speaking, as it is comprised of three different distinct areas, each difficult, if not impossible to access from the other.  Countless canyons, arches, spires, buttes, mesas, and a myriad of other spectacular rock formations are found within its boundaries.

Last year, we visited the Island in the Sky region, the more accessible and popular of the three areas of the park (Island in the Sky, Needles, the Maze).  Today, we decided to drive south to the Needles region.  It is located 40 miles south of Moab, and then 35 miles west on Highway 211, the only paved road into the region.

Along the way, Wilson Arch is adjacent to the highway.2010-09-19 - Canyonlands National Park - Needles District - 1004

Newspaper Rock is located on Highway 211.  A State Historical Site, Newspaper Rock, containing hundreds of petroglyphs, is one of the more impressive petroglyph sites we’ve viewed.  2010-09-19 - Canyonlands National Park - Needles District - 1032 The etchings are estimated to contain images spanning 2000 years and cover almost 200 square feet.  In Navajo, the rock is called  Tse’Hane’, or “rock that tells a story”.  2010-09-19 - Canyonlands National Park - Needles District - 1031  As is the case in all petroglyph sites, there is no way to know why the images were placed there.  Were they placed there to record a story, to leave a message for travelers, or were they just ancient graffiti?  No one will ever know for sure, but they are always fascinating sites.2010-09-19 - Canyonlands National Park - Needles District - 1024

The Needles District is separated from the remainder of the park by sheer, non-bridgeable canyons.  It forms the southeast corner of Canyonlands and was named for the colorful spires of sandstone that dominate the area.  Much of the Needles District is only accessible by hiking or 4 wheel drive vehicles.  You do not see these spires on the scenic drive through the park, except at a distance, so the second photo is from the Internet.2010-09-19 - Canyonlands National Park - Needles District - 1133


One of the more unusual arches in the park is this one titled “Wooden Shoe Arch”.  Some named formations in southern Utah really require an imagination to see how they obtained their name; not this one.2010-09-19 - Canyonlands National Park - Needles District - 1070

The main road ends amongst a jumble of small ravines and pinnacles at the scenic Big Spring Canyon Overlook.2010-09-19 - Canyonlands National Park - Needles District - 1117

To more of our favorite photos from the day, click on the collage.collage 2010-09-16 

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