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

Sunday, July 3, 2011

June at McCormick’s Creek State Park

We spent the month of June camp hosting at our favorite Indiana State Park, McCormick’s Creek.


Usually when camp hosting at the park (this is our 5th summer), we are on A Loop, but this year were parked on  B Loop, which is a little more wooded and shady. 

Although we had more rain than we would have liked, there were days when we could hike the park trails.

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This spur leads to White River         P1180182 a boardwalk protects the surrounding area         I love the view here

The site had an area that traditionally stays muddy, but with the help of park employees, we mulched the area and added a little color.

In years past, this has been a muddy area, and too many people cut through it to get to our door. 

We had several hummingbirds feeding daily.


The month became like a retreat for us.  I enjoyed catching up on reading, and Ron began carving another wooden chain.

The start of another chain 

This is the 6th chain he has carved.  One hangs in the Nature Center of the Park. 

2010-06-26 - IN,McCormick's Creek State Park - Camphosting, Ron donates chain to park0003 It’s amazing how many visitors this year stopped to tell him they had seen the one in the Center and wanted to see how it was fashioned.  He especially enjoyed showing his work to the youngsters.

In addition to several visits from family members, we enjoyed visiting often with fellow camp hosts, Bennie and Mabel Smith.  Some evenings were actually cool enough to enjoy sitting near a fire.


We took a weekend off from the month to celebrate Christmas In the Summer with our family, traveling to brother Gary’s cabin in eastern Kentucky.


The location is beautiful, with the cabin overlooking the Daniel Boone National Forest.

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Seventeen family members spent the night in the small cabin, making for a lot of fun.  (We even had a Charlie Brown Christmas tree!)


June was a good month for us.  We left the park at the end of the month to spend a couple of weeks with family, but will return to camp host for another month starting July 15.


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