Robert & Linda Malseed
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
July 2003
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22 July 2003        Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

Greetings again from somewhere on the road.

This newsletter will be a little later than usual as, after a couple trips, we had been busy preparing for a long (7-week) trip to the east coast, and now we are on that journey.
Things are pretty much normal for us. Robert is still working as computer network administrator at Hoffmantown Church.

HOME RENOVATION
This year we are having much work done on and around the house. The walls have been repainted and the outside has been landscaped. The front and north yards are done in what we call xeriscaping. That is a low water usage landscaping that utilizes plants and flowers native to the southwest.

  Our new xeriscape yard.

  Another view.

  And another

Since the photos were taken in April, several flowers have grown in the large planter and are blooming.

FAMILY DOINGS
In February, Robert was invited to go to Des Moines, New Mexico, and present his solar system talk to classes at the school there. We drove to Raton and stayed there overnight. The following morning we went to the Des Moines school. We showed the students a close-up view of sunspots, and then Robert talked to the classes about the sun and the solar system.

  Students observing sun spots.

Linda has been invited to teach a quilting seminar at a Family Motor Coach Association convention, so that is one thing we will do on our 7-week journey which includes the convention in Hamburg, near Buffalo, NY.

EXPLORING UTAH
We had wanted to see some places in Utah that we had been passing by in our frequent trips through the state. We thought it would be a good idea to go early in the year to avoid heat, so we planned to go early in April. This year that turned out to be not so good a time. We had to cancel much of what we had planned because of high winds, rain, snow, and cold. We had a good time nevertheless, and wound up spending more time in the library in Salt Lake City.
We started by spending some time around Moab. High winds kept us out of Canyonlands at first, but we did visit Newspaper Rock.

  Newspaper Rock covered with petroglyphs.

  Another view.

We saw other petroglyphs along the Colorado River as well as some dinosaur tracks. We drove along the Colorado River east of Moab and saw the fascinating Fisher Towers.

  Fisher Towers.

We paid a visit to Canyonlands and saw the upheaval dome and also had a wonderful view of the snow-capped LaSal Mountains.

  Canyonlands National Park and the LaSal Mountains.

From Moab we headed to Salt Lake City, but we followed the interstate highways rather than cross the mountains that were receiving a good bit of snow. We spent a night near Fillmore, Utah, and awoke the next morning to a beautiful view of Mount Catherine covered with snow.

  Mount Catherine covered with snow and clouds.

That day we drove up to Salt Lake City, and then awoke the next morning in a campground blanketed by snow. We spent several days in Salt Lake City doing research at the Family History Library. We had already made plans to meet a third cousin, once removed, whom Robert had never met. She and her husband were returning to their home in Idaho from a trip down south, and we met in the Library. We exchanged information about our common Shubert ancestors.

  Robert meets his cousin, Mary Finn.

We took a couple days off from research while we were in Salt Lake City. One day we drove up into the snow-covered Wasatch Range to visit the ski resort of Alta, site of some of the Winter Olympic events in 2002.

  The mountains at Alta, Utah.

The view into the basin that used to hold pre-historic Lake Bonneville was quite spectacular

  The Basin.

We spent another day going north to Promontory Point where the railroads met in 1869, connecting the east and west coasts by rail. This is, of course, where the famous Golden Spike was driven. Here is Linda standing on the tie.

  Golden Spike tie.

We also discovered that the Thiokol rocket motor plant is at Promontory as well, and we visited their display of rocket motors. Robert was delighted to see that the Falcon missile motors that he used to work on were also on display. They were among the smallest. The space shuttle solid motor was the largest.

  Falcon Motors.

A LEWIS AND CLARK EXPLORATION

Our second trip of the year was a long one. It was long in miles but relatively short in time. In 2Ĺ weeks we drove 3,300 miles to Utah, Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado. On this journey we traced part of the journey that Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery made in 1805 and 1806. A couple years ago when we drove through Cody, Wyoming we decided that we would like to return and spend some time there visiting the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. It is a combination of five museums.
We left Albuquerque on 21 May, and drove to Moab, UT. The next day we arrived in Salt Lake City. Robert was able to spend some time at the Family History Library continuing his task of indexing and photographing Malseed records from the General Register Offices of Ireland. We stayed a second day at Salt Lake City and Robert continued that work while Linda did research on her Webb family line. We drove north from there into Montana and camped by Clark Canyon Reservoir. This is one of the sites along the Lewis and Clark trail. It is near the place where Lewis & Clark met up with the Shoshone tribe. They named their campsite near there ''Camp Fortunate". We Continued further north and went to Malmstrom AFB at Great Falls, Montana. We visited some friends who were living there. Then we continued on east through the northern part of Montana generally following the Missouri River. We camped at Fort Peck in a beautiful campground below the immense earthen dam that creates Fort Peck Reservoir. The next day we continued to follow the Missouri and drove into North Dakota. We stopped at Center, ND. That is where Robert's second cousin, Randy Leinius, lives. Robert had never met Randy or any other Leinius cousin before. We spent two nights with Randy and Charmayne.

  With Robertís cousin in Center, North Dakota.

Last year we had met Charmayneís father when we were in Yuma, AZ. In the summer he lives in Stanton, ND, which is just north of Center. The towns are along the Missouri River. This is where Lewis and Clark spent the winter of 1804-05 at the fort they built called Fort Mandan (after the name of a local Indian tribe), and is where they picked up Toussaint Charbonneau and his Shoshone wife, Sacagawea. We very much enjoyed meeting several of Robert's cousins.
Neil works in a coal mine, and gave us a very interesting tour. We got to ride in the large drag line as it scooped up 73 cubic yards of earth at each ''bite".

  The smaller dragline.

 The mine is an open pit mine. The coal (lignite) is scooped up (after the soil that covers it is removed) and then the coal is taken directly to a power plant a couple miles away. We each got to ride in a truck that carries the coal to the power plant. Robert's truck carried a load of 154 tons on that one trip. Needless to say, these were really big trucks.

  Neil helps Linda out of her truck.

After we left Center, we drove west stopping briefly at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. We then camped near the Yellowstone River in Montana. On the way to Cody, WY, the next day we stopped for lunch at Pompey's Pillar on the Yellowstone River. William Clark named the geological formation on his return from Oregon in 1806. His nickname for Sacagawea's infant son was Pompey, and he named the formation in his honor. Clark also carved his name into the rock. This is the only tangible evidence of Lewis and Clark's passage through Montana, and is shown in the next picture.

  Pompey's Pillar.

  Clark's Signature

We spent three nights in Cody. Wyoming. We visited the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and enjoyed the five museums. There was also a special exhibit of firearms made by Samuel Colt. This was in addition to the thousands of firearms on display in the museum that is a part of the Center. We also visited Old Trail Town, a collection of historical buildings and old artifacts on the eastern side of Cody at the original site of the town. When we left Cody, we drove to Casper, WY, and stayed at a campground by old Fort Caspar. During the drive from Casper to Golden, Colorado, we saw over 100 pronghorns (antelope) on the prairie along the highway. The Golden campground is on the banks of Clear Creek.

  Golden, Colorado.

The creek was very full with spring runoff. We watched people in kayaks boating in the rapids. In Colorado Springs, we visited with Lindaís Uncle Fremont and Aunt Barbara. After a final night in Sugarite Canyon State Park in Raton, NM, we arrived back in Albuquerque on 6 June.
The next weekend some members of the Albuquerque Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics joined the Albuquerque Rocket Society to launch some model rockets. Robert still had some rocket engines that were made in 1966, so he took them along with a couple rockets. The engines worked very well after all these years.

  Robert showing rockets to a young friend.

THE BOTTOM LINE
We continue to be thankful for the Lordís provision for us. We trust in Him, and pray that you will do likewise and enjoy a wonderful summer of 2003.

Love,

Robert & Linda
& Samantha

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