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 5, 2012

From Indiana Westward

The last morning that we were in the motel, the factory called to say it would take a couple hours longer that day than anticipated, so at check out time, we left the motel and drove to a Goshen city park to spend the time before picking up the 5th wheel.

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By 5pm we had picked up the RV and were on our way.  Once into Illinois, (with this being Friday of Labor Day Weekend) there were no campgrounds with available spaces to be had, so we spent the night in a WalMart Parking lot….too hot, noisy, not something I want to repeat any time soon!

In Iowa, near Adair, we found this windmill blade erected as a sculpture at the I-80 reststop…really shows perspective as to the size of these things!  Remember, it takes 3 blades per windmill.


A nice touch outside were ladies serving cookies and coffee for a donation.  This dedicated group does this daily through the summer as a service to the weary travelers and as a fund raiser for the local food bank.  Notice the design of the picnic shelters includes the resemblance to an old style windmill blade.


Although we saw some green fields, more often than not we were seeing brown fields showing the result of the midwest’s summer drought.

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We spent the night in Kansas at a beautiful C.O.E. park on Wilson Lake.

These were taken on a walk through the campground the following morning.


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One of the reasons we went through Kansas was to visit good friends, Lynn and Allura Hamm.

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The following night was spent in the Fort Supply C.O.E. in northern Oklahoma.

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