Happy Birthday Dusty Cal Witham. An extraordinary man. An extraordinary life

Photo: Robert with his grandfather, Dusty Cal Witham

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.

Photo: Baby Robert at the Lone Star Ranch with his grandparents
Grammie and Bumpa with Robert at the LoneStar Ranch

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Beyond the Green Mountains

Photo: Debra and Robert on Hogback Mountain

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.

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Interview With Robert’s Parents About Their Jayco Redhawk RV Experience

Photo: Robert and Debra with Robert's parents

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.

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Campsite Review: Aguirre Spring Campground in Organ, New Mexico

Photo: Aguirre Spring Campground in the Organ Mountain

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

Details

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.

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Campsite Review: Mikesell-Potts Recreation Area Near Buffalo, Wyoming

Image: Camping on Lake DeSmet

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/

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