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, August 24, 2012

Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway from end to end

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parkway flowers 4 This year, between July 15 and August 4, we traveled the entire 469 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway, taking our time. 

Having a 5th wheel RV, we did not want to pull it over the grades and curves of the Parkway, nor did we wish to be encumbered with it at pull offs. 

Instead, we elected to find campgrounds near the parkway.  This wasn’t always easy,and often we found ourselves farther from the Parkway than we would have liked. 

We didn’t drive on the Parkway daily, but usually took 2-3 days between excursions to explore the area we were in and to enjoy the relaxation of the campgrounds.

Surrounding this post are some of the many flowers we found in bloom on the Parkway.

Below are links to each drive.  Keep in mind that we drove the Parkway opposite the way it was laid out.  We started at the southern end.  Also, because we had to drive from different locations to access the parkway, some of the posts are written as you drive it in a northernly direction, others in a southerly, depending on the order I took the photos.

Any photo that you wish to view larger, click on it and you will be taken to a separate tab or window.

Once you have clicked on a link, you can progress forward on the drive by clicking “Newer Post” at the bottom of the post, or backward by clicking “Older Post”



A Short Look at It’s History

Milepost 396-469

Milepost 396-330

Milepost 330-295

Milepost 295-254

Milepost 254-199

Milepost 199-154

Milepost 154-120

Milepost 120-46

Milepost 46-0

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1 comment:

Linda said...

You did the Parkway the way it should be done. We made a rather hasty trip in April, before many of the facilities were open. It was still beautiful, though. We have yet to finish the trip since we started in Virginia and exited about a hundred miles short of the other end. Someday...