After graduation from the University of Missouri in January of 1960 with a BS degree in Civil Engineering I went to work with what was then called the Missouri Highway Department.  I spent 10 years surveying, inspecting, and managing construction projects before moving into bridge design.  After 25 years of designing and managing the design of bridges and structures I moved to the preliminary studies and the development of MoDOT projects.  I retired from Missouri DOT at the end of October 1999.

My time now is spent planning our travels in detail.  I use MS Streets and Trips, Delorme Street Atlas, and Garmin MapSource in planning our routes.  I do online research for campground information and activities available in the areas that we plan to visit.

I also enjoy trying to pick the guitar a little bit and finally this year, 2011, I have a Martin HD28 guitar to play. The picture was taken at the Martin factory while trying out one of their models.  The “wildwood flower” on the home page and “redwing” here on this page are some of my feeble attempts at picking that beautiful instrument.

In April 2012 I purchased a mandolin and am having a ball trying to learn that fun instrument.  My version of “turkey in the straw” with that instrument is on the campground list page.