Meet the crew of The Goddard

Joining Nancy and I on our travels are our cat Rusty and our dog Gunther. As you can tell, they’re both full of energy!

Rusty is three years old and appreciates watching all of the people and animals (especially birds) from the ever-changing views through the windows of The Goddard.
Gunther, who is two years old, enjoys checking out the dog runs in each of the RV parks and making new dog friends. He’s working on his Frisbee catching skills, and loves playing fetch with his tennis ball. He also likes accompanying Nancy and me on our hikes.

Some folks may be wondering why we call our fifth-wheel trailer The Goddard. Robert Goddard (1882-1945) was an American scientist who developed the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket in 1926. In 1919, he published a paper that proposed using a multi-stage rocket to reach the Moon. Goddard was ridiculed by many for that notion, but mankind did walk on the Moon 50 years later and it wouldn’t have happened without Goddard’s advancements in rocket science. Nancy and I learned about Goddard on a previous trip to Roswell, New Mexico, where Goddard conducted many rocket experiments in the 1930s. The Roswell Museum and Art Center has a reconstruction of Goddard’s laboratory. It’s in recognition of Goddard, and his contributions to science to fulfill his desire for humankind to go places, that we named our new home The Goddard.

Robert Goddard, rocket scientist. (Photo courtesy U.S. Library of Congress)

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