Robert & Linda Malseed
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
July 1999
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6 July 1999        Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

Greetings again from New Mexico. Winter this year was dry, but Spring brought us much moisture, (as you will see in the discussion of our Tucson trip).

This has been an exciting year so far for our family. Our Christmas letter was written while we were at Linda's brother's condominium in Colorado, we mentioned that we were there with James, Stacy and Norma Jean. We had introduced James to Norma Jean last October. She is a member of our church who has sung in the choir with us.
james_stacy_norma_jean.jpg James, Stacy, and Norma Jean in Colorado.

Well, the new year started with the sound of future wedding bells. James and Norma Jean will be getting married on 30 July. They have purchased a house in Albuquerque. Norma Jean has two sons - Matt (17) and Chris (11). She has sold her house and is living in the new one with Matt, Chris, and Stacy. James is hoping for his property to sell and has moved in with his mother.
On 24 January, Robert had the privilege to baptize James and Stacy at our 9:30 church service as they wished to express their commitment to the Lord.
baptism1.jpg (12368 bytes) Robert Baptizes James and Stacy.

Stacy was accepted for admittance to Hope Christian School. She will attend there in the autumn along with Matt and Chris.

We are well. Robert has been very busy working on our Hoffmantown Church staff helping to keep over 100 computers running.
Robert helped judge the La Merced elementary school science fairs in Belen, NM. Linda went to Las Cruces and stayed with our friends Kent & Julie Thomas. She gave her presentation on ancient New Mexican cultures to Julie's third grade class at Mesilla Elementary School.
We took our new motor home on a trip to Arizona and a trip to Nevada and Utah in the spring. We have just returned from a trip to Montana and Idaho.

For an early spring motor home trip we decided to return to Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona, since we enjoyed being there the last three years and wanted to see more of it. In particular, we wanted to hike to the natural bridge and to the summit of Sugarloaf mountain. We left on 30 March and went to City of Rocks State Park, north of Deming, New Mexico. Then we headed west to the Chiricahua Mountains in Arizona. The campground in the monument was full, so we stayed in the Coronado National Forest about 6 miles away. The next day we hiked the Natural Bridge and Sugarloaf Summit trails. The weather turned pretty cold by the time we reached the summit. The next morning we left the forest in a snowstorm. It stopped snowing by the time we reached Willcox, and we continued on to Fort Huachuca (an Army post). We were pleasantly surprised to see the new RV park at the fort. That afternoon, we revisited the excellent museum that they have at the post. The next day we drove down to the Coronado National Memorial near the Mexican border. It marks the approximate location where the Coronado expedition entered in 1540 what would later be the US. They went as far as Lindsborg, Kansas, in their search for the legendary golden cities of Cibola. At the memorial we hiked up to a small dry cave a few hundred feet above the visitor center, and then drove and hiked up to the top of Coronado peak for a splendid view looking east and west along the border and south into old Mexico. The next morning (Easter Sunday) we drove on to Tucson, and it was snowing once again. The snow was coming down hard as we went along Interstate10, but it ceased as we pulled off into Tucson, where we stayed with Linda's cousin Carolyn and her husband Nelson. On this trip we visited Tohono Chul Park - a beautiful botanical garden. Robert met someone there with whom he had worked in 1971-72 on the Maverick missile test program.
carolyn_at_tc_park.jpg (34577 bytes) Carolyn at Tohono Chul Park.
We also went to the Tucson Botanical garden and the DeGrazia studio. We also made a day trip to Kitt Peak National Observatory. On the way back from Tucson, we stopped at Silver City, NM, to see Western NM University (where Linda went to college), and visit with friends Mitch and Linda Mitchell.

We wanted to attend the Safari International Motorhome Owners Club rally in southwestern Utah in May. We left on 10 May and headed to Cholla Lake County Park in Arizona. After a night there, we drove on to the south rim of the Grand Canyon where we toured the west part of the rim. The next day we drove on to Lee's Ferry in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and camped by the Colorado River. On the 13th, we moved on to Leeds, Utah, and stopped on the way at Pipe Springs National Monument, a Pioneer home site in the Arizona strip (Arizona north of the Grand Canyon). We enjoyed three days at the Rally along with about 64 other Safari Motorhomes, including 16 Treks. While there we also visited Zion National Park, and were surprised at how many people were there for mid May. But most were European tourists, as is common in our southwestern parks. After the rally, we drove on to Great Basin National Park in Nevada, and spent three nights there. A herd of seven mule deer seemed to always be around the campground.
mule_deer.jpg (57769 bytes) Mule Deer at Great Basin National Park.
At the park, we toured Lehman Cave and explored the Lehman Creek, Baker Creek, and Snake Creek areas. Wheeler Peak is over 13,000 feet high. The mountains were snowcapped, and snow blocked the road up the mountain. The park is a beautiful area without too many tourists since it is off the beaten path along the Nevada-Utah border. We will have to return at a later time when we can go up the mountain where we can see the bristle cone pines. They are the oldest living things. A tree cut down in the 1960s had almost 4,900 annual growth rings. The next stop on our trip was Salt Lake City. We spent three days doing research in the Genealogical Library. Linda uncovered more facts about her Baxter ancestors. Robert discovered that his 3rd great grandfather, John Malseed, was a trustee and treasurer of 7th Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia in the 1840s. Even more important, he found a church receipt signed by John Malseed. The signature exactly matched one on a document he found a few years ago, but could not definitely tie to his ancestor. That document says that John was born about 11 January 1790, left Londonderry, Ireland, and arrived in New York City about 15 April 1821.
  John Malseed Signature - 10 September 1833
We also visited the Hill AFB Aerospace Museum in Ogden, Utah. We returned to Albuquerque on 25 May after a stop at McPhee reservoir in Colorado.

On 12 June we departed on a trip to Montana and Idaho. James and Stacy and Norma Jean and her son Chris traveled with us to western Montana. James drove his camper. We stopped at Sugarite Canyon State Park in New Mexico. We had a great view from a campsite high up in the canyon. When we left in the morning we were delighted to see a flock of wild turkeys. We went on to Colorado Springs where we visited with Linda's aunt, uncle, and cousins. We then continued north through Cheyenne, Wyoming, and went on to Sinks Canyon State Park in Wyoming. It is an interesting place where the Popo Agie River sinks into a cavern and reappears a few hundred feet further downstream. From there we went to Grand Teton National Park, and spent a night near Jackson Lake.
grand_tetons.jpg (19014 bytes) Morning at Grand Teton.
We continued north into Yellowstone National Park where we spent two nights in the Madison campground and used a day to see many of the geysers and other geothermal features of the park. From Yellowstone we crossed into Montana and spent a night at Bannack State Park. Bannack was the first territorial capital of Montana. Now it is an exceptionally well-preserved ghost town. We then crossed the Big Hole to climb up to Lost Trail Pass and descend into the Bitterroot valley of far western Montana. On the way we stopped to see the Big Hole National Battlefield - scene of an important battle between the US Army and the Nez Perce tribe in 1877. In the Bitterroot Valley we stopped to visit with our friends John and Maria who live in Hamilton.
at_the_sargents.jpg (26468 bytes) With John and Maria.
The following day, James, Norma Jean and the kids left us to spend a little time with her sister in Twin Bridges, MT, and then to head home to Albuquerque. We spent four days in Hamilton. Wednesday was really beautiful, and we hiked up the Blodgett Canyon overlook trail that we had partially hiked in 1996.
r_l_on_the_trail.jpg (42582 bytes) On the Trail in The Bitterroots.
We departed Hamilton on a rainy Friday and drove northwest to northern Idaho. We stayed in the Indian Creek campground at Priest Lake State Park. The Lake is about 20 miles south of the Canadian border. It is surrounded by a dense cedar, hemlock, and pine forest that grows right down to the water's edge. We enjoyed hiking through the rain forest. On Saturday we went up the Viewpoint Trail with a few other people. When we got to the top, one of the others saw a mountain lion. Unfortunately it disappeared before we could see it. That evening, another couple reported a moose had been in the campground that day, and some others reported seeing a lion run across the road. Our next stop on the journey was Heyburn State Park on the southern end of lake Coeur D'Alene. After a night there, we moved on to Hell's Gate State Park and a campsite right on the Snake River near Lewiston, Idaho. Clarkston, WA, is just across the river. This area, the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake rivers was a stopping point for Lewis and Clark on their journey to discover a passage to the northwest. It is also just downstream of where the Snake River emerges from Hell's Canyon. We climbed over 4,000 feet in altitude the next day and stayed at Ponderosa State Park on Payette Lake. While driving around the lake that afternoon, we saw a moose in a pond.
moose.jpg (32096 bytes) Moose at Ponderosa State Park, Idaho.
Next, we returned to the Snake river and visited Hagerman Valley. There we saw Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument. This site is famous for the multitude of small Pleiocene horse skeletons that have been found there. We also found traces of the Oregon Trail on the south side of the river. The north side of the river is the 1,000 springs area. An aquifer flows underground across the Snake River plain and gushes out of the basalt cliffs at this place.
1000 springs.jpg (47954 bytes) Some of the "1,000" Springs.
We returned home on 4 July after overnight stops at Salt Lake City and McPhee reservoir.
We are now looking forward to a trip to Hawaii for a cousin's wedding, a trip to southern New Mexico with Stacy, and a trip to Oregon in September.

We continue to be thankful for the Lord's provision for us. We trust in Him, and pray that you will do likewise and enjoy a wonderful summer of 1999.

Robert & Linda

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