During our spring visit in Upstate New York we were able to visit with family and friends that we are not able to see frequently. One of the visits we made several times was to see my grandfather and aunt who live near Cambridge.
Today, May 25, is my grandfather’s 92nd birthday. In honor of his birthday, we published a video on our YouTube channel today that features an interview we conducted with him while we were in New York. My grandfather, Cal Witham (aka Dusty Cal Witham), was a professional country music performer before he became a minister. My grandparents, Dusty Cal and Bonnie Louise, were well known throughout New England because of their frequent live performances, as well as radio and television appearances. In this video, my grandfather talks with us about both his country music entertainment career and his subsequent career as a minister.
Brattleboro is frequently listed as the hippiest city in Vermont, a state that itself is frequently considered to be the hippiest state in the country. Needless to say, visiting Brattleboro is a cultural experience that Robert wanted Debra to enjoy while in the northeast.
Brattleboro is only about 90 miles from Cambridge, New York where we have been staying, but it is on the other side of the Green Mountains. And the weather has been positively frightful. That combination resulted in us not making the trip over during the first three weeks we were in New York.
During my previous career a journalist I interviewed countless people about any number of subjects, but in April we sat down with my parents to talk about their experience RVing in their Jayco Redhawk Class C. Perhaps not surprisingly, the conversation also included some family stories – some about me. Debra was more than happy to keep those threads going…
People are often surprised to learn that I am an introvert given my careers as a journalist and now as a videographer and YouTube creator. While it is true that I am an introvert, I also come from a line of entertainers and do enjoy being comedic. The interview video demonstrates some of that family history.
In this video, my parents talk about their experience with several camping trailers as well as their decision to purchase a motor home. We do provide a brief mini-tour of their Jayco Class C, but most of the video focuses on their experiences with camping and RVing and their plans to eventually become snowbirds. Of course, we will be happy to show them some great winter camping in Arizona.
Location: Organ, New Mexico Type: BLM Campground Access: Highway 70 to Aguirre Springs Road Coordinates:32.370378, -106.560876 Road Conditions: Pavement with gravel pads Phone Coverage: Verizon 2-4, AT&T 2-3 (Signal strength varies between campsites, and varies from decent to unusable at times) Fee: $7/night Amenities: Vault toilets, picnic tables with shelters, trash cans at each campsite, fire rings, and several hiking trails Website:https://www.blm.gov/visit/aguirre-spring-campground
Aguirre Spring Campground is an established BLM campground in the Organ Mountains east of Las Cruces. The campground has 55 individual sites and two group sites. (The group sites are available by reservation for $50/night). in several different loops.
Location: Buffalo, Wyoming Type: County Park Access: Lake DeSmet, Approximately 8 miles north of Buffalo, I-90 at Exit 51 Coordinates:44.451597, -106.743348 Road Conditions: Pavement and gravel Phone Coverage: Verizon, 2-4 out of 5 Maximum Stay: 14 days Fee: $10 per night, $15 per night with electric Amenities: Vault toilets, picnic areas, picnic tables at some sites, beach area on lake, and two boat ramps Website: http://www.johnsoncountywyoming.org/