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, October 15, 2010

Our 3 weeks in Golden Valley, Arizona

P1130239  We found ourselves in northern Arizona the first week of September.  It was too hot to continue on to Yuma (Yuma was having temperatures of  110+ then), so we decided to park at Golden Valley for the next 3 weeks, and just relax a little before arriving in Yuma.

When in Golden Valley, we stay at the Adobe RV Park.  It’s a small privately run park just across the Cerbat mountain range from Kingman, yet away from the noise of the urban area.  The owners and residents are friendly and eager to welcome you into their midst.

While there, Ron joined the morning pool game each week day.  I spent quite a bit of time starting my Christmas crafts, and working on trip pictures and the blog, and we both cleaned the trailer (spring cleaning in the fall).

We also had time to explore the area a bit.Golden Valley

Hiking in the Black Mountains

One morning, we packed a lunch and went for a hike in the Black Mountains, directly west of the park.  Golden Valley is an unincorporated community spread over quite a large area.  Most of the “city” streets are dirt, and can be quite rough.  P1130263The Black Mountains lie just to the edge of the community.  As soon as you leave the road, you feel as isolated from civilization as if you were 100  miles away.   We had a peaceful walk, seeing no one but the lizards and range cattle.p1130270p



Square and Round Dancing with Friends

Friends, Ron and Linda live in Kingman, and like us, are square dancers.  The club, Kingman Kut-ups, held one dance during our stay, and we enjoyed sharing the evening with them.  The theme of the night was Black and White. 

2010-10-09 - AZ, Kingman Kut-ups Square Dance - 10062010 - OCT - KINGMAN SQ. DANCE 004.AVI 2010-10-09 - AZ, Kingman Kut-ups Square Dance - 1004

Valley of Fire

The following week, the four of us decided to take a day trip to the Valley of Fire State Park.  To reach the park, we drove over the Hoover Dam and through the Mead Lake National Recreation Area. 2010-10-08 - AZ, Lake Mead - Hoover Dam - 1006 The new bridge over the gorge is completed, and by the time you read this, open to traffic.  All traffic will be diverted over the bridge in the future, and the dam will only be used for visitor foot traffic.2010-10-08 - AZ, Lake Mead - Hoover Dam - 1001

  As you drive north through the Recreational Area, you begin to encounter more of the red rock of the area.2010-10-08 - AZ, Lake Mead National Recreation Area - 1001

What an awesome place is the Valley of Fire.  Filled with red rock formations, the rock is pitted with cavities. 2010-10-08 - AZ, Valley of Fire State Park - 1001

After sharing our picnic lunch,2010-10-08 - AZ, Valley of Fire State Park - 1002 we took a short hike up the Petroglyph Canyon Trail.2010-10-08 - AZ, Valley of Fire State Park - 1009 The assortment of rock formations is amazing,2010-10-08 - AZ, Valley of Fire State Park - 1020

2010-10-08 - AZ, Valley of Fire State Park - 1025

2010-10-08 - AZ, Valley of Fire State Park - 1027 2010-10-08 - AZ, Valley of Fire State Park - 1016   2010-10-08 - AZ, Valley of Fire State Park - 1026 as are the many petroglyph sites.2010-10-08 - AZ, Valley of Fire State Park - 1023 An easy drive from Las Vegas, Valley of Fire State Park is definitely worth taking time to see.2010-10-08 - AZ, Valley of Fire State Park - 1052

During our stay in Golden Valley, we took a day trip to see the old mining town of Chloride, AZ, and the abandoned mine sites in the Mineral Park area near Golden Valley.


There’s not much left in Chloride now.  The town developed around the silver chloride mines in the early 1860’s, and grew to a population of over 2000.  Other minerals mined were gold, silver, lead, zinc, copper, molybdenum, and vanadium but silver remained the predominate ore.  In the 1940’s, the price of mining escalated, and manpower became scarce due to the war.  The town began to die; all that is left is 250 residents, several old buildings, and a general store doing dual duty as the visitor center.

2010-10-10 - AZ, Chloride - 1002

2010-10-10 - AZ, Chloride - 1003

2010-10-10 - AZ, Chloride - 1007

2010-10-10 - AZ, Chloride - 1021

Mineral Park

Mineral Park was a town from 1871 until its post office closed in 1912, effectively bringing an end to what was once a prosperous community.  An interesting story is the tale of how nearby Kingman grew from a small settlement started to service the railroad into a thriving town, vying for the prestige of being the county seat.  Read the account of the rivalry:

“What Mineral Springs didn’t count on was the small settlement of Kingman, built to service the railroad, would begin to grow so fast. In spite of the Mohave County Miner's best efforts to downplay the possibility of Kingman ever amounting to much, over the next five years, Kingman continued to prosper as a supply center for the area mines, as well as a commercial center for travelers through the area. Soon, Mineral Park was to experience more civic embarrassment when a county-wide vote made Kingman the new county seat in 1887. Kingman got 271 votes to Mineral Park's 93. Even Hackberry, located some 30 miles northeast of Kingman got more votes than Mineral Park at 132. Many speculated that Mineral Park merchants, who already had some economic connections with Kingman,were interested in reducing their costs by being closer to the railroad.

Despite the conclusiveness of the polls, Mineral Park officials refused to give up the county records. Outraged, Kingman citizens subsequently raided the town hall and made off with the county documents, literally "taking” the county seat.”  from Legends of America.

Today, copper and molybdenum are being mined on a large scale at Mineral Park,2010-10-10 - AZ, Mineral Park Abandoned Mine Hike - 1016 

but otherwise, all that remains is a few ruins and mine markers.  2010-10-10 - AZ, Mineral Park Abandoned Mine Hike - 1002 2010-10-10 - AZ, Mineral Park Abandoned Mine Hike - 1027 2010-10-10 - AZ, Mineral Park Abandoned Mine Hike - 1005 2010-10-10 - AZ, Mineral Park Abandoned Mine Hike - 1008 2010-10-10 - AZ, Mineral Park Abandoned Mine Hike - 1011 2010-10-10 - AZ, Mineral Park Abandoned Mine Hike - 1017

2010-10-10 - AZ, Mineral Park Abandoned Mine Hike - 1025 2010-10-10 - AZ, Mineral Park Abandoned Mine Hike - 1022 

I think we managed to see quite a bit during our 3 weeks in Golden Valley in addition to daily pool games (for Ron), visiting with friends, finding several yard sales, and having quite a few quiet afternoons and evenings to just relax with a book or craft.

Next stop will be Yuma, where we’ll park for the next 6 months.Flagstaff to Kingman