Who we are, where we live, what we like to do and some history....
We've lived here in the high desert near Yucca Valley, CA for 34 years. Not once,
have we missed the "big city" since we moved here. Waking up to quail, dove, and
jackrabbits beats the heck out of people and traffic congestion. In the late ‘60s
and ‘70s we had a little weekend cabin, close to here, that we brought our off-road
“toys” to. The boys actually grew up out here. Carol and I celebrated our 51st wedding
anniversary this year.
Gary worked for Siemens Medical Systems for 30 years as a field service engineer,
working on diagnostic nuclear medicine imaging systems at various hospitals in the
area. I love computers and electronics in general. I still have a Ham Radio licence
but currently am inactive. I retired in March of 2000.
Carol retired from the local branch of Washington Mutual Bank (now Chase) in 2001.
She loves to go play bingo and slot machines wherever we are. The entire town knows
Carol and it's difficult to go anywhere without being stopped by someone wanting
to chat (Carol's favorite pastime next to shopping!)...
Greg lives in Palm Desert and is the scan co-ordinator for the Vons Supermarket in
Palm Springs. He likes to go RVing like us. Greg is 44
Mandy isn't "biologically" ours, but we like to think of her as our daughter. Mandy
graduated from 29 Palms High School and then joined the U.S. Army. She has since
left the Army and now is married. She lives in Meridian, Idaho.
Mike lives in Reno, Nevada and works as a corporate accountant. He likes to play
golf in the summer and snowboards in the winter. Mike is 46.
Living here in Yucca Valley, away from the congestion and traffic of the big city,
has been really great. Being on acreage and having your neighbors hundreds of feet
away is a big plus,too. Our 2600 sq ft home is nice but way too large for us now
that the boys are grown and gone. We hope to eventually move to Arizona, probably
near Cottonwood, but definitely in an outlying area like here, away from congestion
. About a 1400 sq ft house will suffice nicely for us there.
Our family room/dining area is over 900 square feet and we spend most all our time
here. We have a front room and formal dining room in the front of the house that
has ended up wasted space. Here in the family room is our big screen TV and an air
tight wood stove that keeps us cozy in the winter.
In this picture Carol is enjoying our jacuzzi on the back patio. We use the jacuzzi
year round and have been known to be in it with snow falling on us in the winter.
A desert sunset. Hard to match anywhere. The night sky is usually clear and full
of stars. The Milky Way is beautiful on summer nights.
Springtime in the high desert is fantastic. Folks not familiar with the desert areas
of the southwest assume that they are all the same hot, sandy void. Actually the
temperatures and flora and fauna vary considerably. At 3500 ft. elevation we have
much milder temperatures than the lower deserts as well as many Joshua trees and
considerably denser ground cover. Even an occasional light snow in the winter. A
wet winter often brings carpets of wildflowers in the spring. The mountains and Big
Bear lake are only 25 miles to the west, with elevations of over 8000 ft.
We've been into off-roading for many years. I raced motorcycles in district #37 desert
races and enduros for 20 years. Now I have a Honda XR-600 and ride "dual sport" events
and trail ride with friends in various desert and mountain areas of Southern California.
Carol and I love to go camping in our 5th wheel and fish in many of the lakes and
streams of California. Convict Lake (these pictures), 30 miles north of Bishop, is
one of our favorites. We also like Nascar stock car racing and sprint car dirt track
Our Ford diesel truck and 5th wheel. Here we're at one of our favorite Thousand Trails
campgrounds. When we're not on a long summer trip we like to come here for a few
weeks and catch catfish in the canals that are regularly stocked with good size fish.
We like the Thousand Trails membership system and have been to about 40 of 60 throughout
the U.S. We've been on many long trips and especially like the Pacific Northwest.
Trailriding in the Sierras is super fun. The scenery is fantastic, especially on
a dirt bike. Dennis Scammel and I have ridden (and raced) together for many years.
This photo of us in the Kennedy Meadows area on the Sherman Pass jeep road shows
just a taste of the many miles of phenomenal beauty (not to mention kick-ass fun!).
We camp and ride in numerous mountain and desert areas and have spent many evenings
BS'ing around the "ol' campfire", reminiscing about old times and our racing days
when we were "fast".
Only someone who has dealt with the BLM, USFS, and enviro-nuts
will be able to appreciate this animation!
We're big time Nascar Race fans, too!
Now! Take a BIG step back in time to....
When it all began
Wasn't Carol sweet? Hey, she still is! Look, I even had hair then!
Five Years Later, on June 22, 1963...
...I married that sweet little gal, and as the years slipped by I realized that I
had married the best wife and mother to our sons that any guy could ever want. Luck?
Blessed? Call it what you want, all I know is it's been a great 51 years!