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

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

End of our season at Bluewater

As the middle of September came, and along with it a slower pace and cooler weather, we knew it was about time to move on.  Although we looked forward to seeing all our friends in Yuma, we were reluctant to leave Bluewater.

Here are some of the highlights of our summer not mentioned before.  Each day brought it’s own little treats, such as watching the wild horses near the park entrance or even at the front door of the office.

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We had more hummingbirds visit our feeder than we’d ever had anywhere.


Ron worked hard to get a yard sale computer up and running to provide a slideshow for visitors to the visitor center.  With the donation of a hard drive from the local computer shop, he was finally successful.


We were sorry to see the park manager, Kelly, transfer to another park.  He was the one most instrumental in bringing us to Bluewater.  The volunteers and employees gave him a little going away party.


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The state is planning to build a new visitor center, shower house and office complex.  It was exciting to see the first surveyor stake go into the ground.


  We took a couple of drives during the month.  One was to Mount Taylor, with its elevation of 11,306 ft.  The road is asphalt for 13 miles beyond Grants, then becomes gravel.  We drove until the road became too narrow and rutted, almost to the top.  With the recent rains, the trees and wildflowers were beautiful.  As you leave the bottom, you leave the desert topography behind, ascend through the pines, and at the top come into the aspen groves.

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Visiting the nearby community of Thoreau was interesting with its horses roaming the streets.  There aren’t very many communities any more where you can see them grazing at the street intersections.

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The red rock cliffs near Thoreau are striking.

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We also took a day trip to Gallup, where we also enjoyed seeing the Gallup Cultural Center Storyteller Museum.


A free facility in the old train depot, it contains some nice displays.


1928 Trading Post Diorama, along with several other miniature scenes



Native Pottery



Rug Loom


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Amazing Beadwork



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It was also exciting for me to explore Thunderbird Supply, a wholesale bead shop.  I could have spent the whole day there, but restrained myself.  :-)

Our last stop of the day was at the historic El Rancho Hotel.  In the 1930’s and 40’s it was home to the movie stars who filmed westerns in the area.  IMG_2950The entire second floor’s hall walls are covered with autographed photos of the stars and producers.  The ground floor is a visual delight with its grand furnishings.

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 Although we were at Bluewater Lake for more than 3 months, it seemed as if we had just arrived when Labor Day came and went, and the summer season was over for 2013.  IMG_2358The days began to cool rapidly, and when we got up on September 23 to a morning temperature of 37 degrees, we knew it was time to head west and south.  Our Yuma season was soon to begin.




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