Ranger Gaelyn at Cliff Palace Mesa Verde National Park Colorado
Me at Cliff Palace Mesa Verde NP
After my 2005 job as a summer seasonal Park Ranger at Mesa Verde National Park  I was feeling a great need for a social life with friends, yet wasn’t sure where to go. I called Darlene and accepted an invitation to Yarnell, Arizona asking her to look for a place for me to park for the winter, preferably not in an RV park. She found a piece of private property with full hookups owned by a local realtor at a great price, and right next door to Berta.
RV in Yarnell Arizona
RV in Yarnell
These retired ladies sure keep busy. Seems like there was something going on every day like going to or having yard sales. Which was a great way to meet my neighbors. Plus we went sightseeing to explore the area.
Jerome Arizona
Jerome, Arizona
Took a trip through Jerome, a mining town full of quaint shops that look like they should slide downhill to the stack of switchback streets below.
Tuzigoot National Monument Arizona
Tuzigoot National Monument
Built by the Sinagua (meaning without water) people around 1000AD. These people were hunters, gatherers, traders, and grew corn, beans and squash.
Montezuma Castle National Monument Arizona
Montezuma Castle National Monument
This Sinagua cliff dwelling was made inaccessible to the public in 1951 for preservation, bummer. But now you can take a virtual tour by clicking here.
Red rocks of Sedona Arizona
Red rocks of Sedona, Arizona
The geologic features around Sedona inspire many photographers, and the natural energy brings awareness, but it can be an expensive place to play.

Gaelyn and Darlene dressed for Halloween Yarnell Arizona
Me & Darlene
For Halloween, Darlene and I helped with a pumpkin festival for school kids sponsored by local businesses.
School Principal in stocks Congress Arizona
School principle
Throughout the day kindergarten through middle school students arrived by bus to enjoy the cake walk (with cupcakes), apple bob, fish tank, haunted house, and gift give away.
Berta, Gaelyn and Darlene at South Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona
Berta, Me, & Darlene at Grand Canyon National Park, South Rim
Berta and Darlene gave me the Grand Canyon for my birthday and I just stood in awe at the South Rim saying “I want to work here someday.”
Ed at Disney World Florida
Ed at Disney World
Ed flew me to Orlando, Florida where he lives for a couple weeks visit. We’ve been friends since high school and through several divorces. Stayed in his RV at Disney World for three days while exploring the park. Disney is so cool for all ages.
Seeing double at Disney World Florida
A birthday card I made for Ed, born on Valentine’s Day
Castillo de San Marcus National Monument Florida
Castillo de San Marcus
Also drove up to St. Augustine and toured the fort.
Castillo de San Marcus National Monument Florida
Inside Castillo de San Marcus
From there I flew to Texas to visit my parents.
Congress Cafe Congress Arizona
Congress Café
When I returned home I found myself out of unemployment and low on funds so got a job waiting tables at the Congress Café for a couple months before moving back to Oregon.