The Adventures of Cheryl and Alex -- Our Travel JournalAlex and I took off in an old red work truck and brought along our four beautiful, follow-us-anywhere cats! We climbed mountains, swam in the ocean, bathed in hot springs, explored caves, camped in the desert, in the swamp, and in the forest. We got too close to a hibernating alligator in the bayou and we were surrounded by dozens of coyotes in California. We found obsidian and crystal and went on amazing nature hikes. We met the most fascinating people and made a whole lot of friends. Our adventure lasted almost a year and we're sharing most of it here.
Here We Go - Boyd, TexasOur adventure begins, but first we stop in to visit my brothers.
Purtis Creek - Eustace, TexasCrazy cats, cramped cold quarters, and scary creatures. Our first night of camping may be our last.
Logansport - LouisianaA perfectly charming little town. It was classic Louisiana, right down to the plantation style homes.
Atchafalaya Basin - LouisianaBreakfast with Cajuns in Henderson, The I-10 Welcome Center, Magnolia Park in St. Martinville
Lake Fausse State Park - Atchafalaya Basin, LouisianaCypress trees and their knees were amazing. Giant vines and spiders and velvety moss surrounded us. It was absolutely breathtaking.
Metairie - LouisianaIt had been more than a year since the hurricane, but you wouldn't have guessed that by looking. Many of the businesses we passed were still torn up.
Where To Now? - LouisianaDeciding on the fly. We sat there in the pouring down rain, looking at our maps, making our plans. It was wonderful!
The Deserted Hospital - Decatur, TexasWhy would a hospital be left open and unattended? We began to feel as if we were in an episode of The Twilight Zone. This was just a little too spooky. We had to get out.
No More Running - TexasFacing the loss of my brother. I could sense that this was it--that he wouldn't be coming back.
Holly Grove Cemetery - Haywood County, TennesseeVisit a cemetery at night? -- It was way too dark. I told Alex we needed light, so I backed up and pointed the headlights toward the cemetery. And there they were. Headstones! Row after row of headstones.
Kitty Dunk Dog - DeRidder, LouisianaOur cat's self-defense technique.
Hollywood and Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, CaliforniaA dirty old work truck from Texas with two country bumpkins up front and a load of critters and clutter in the back. We truly were the Beverly Hillbillies, only without the money.
Box Canyon Road - Mecca, CaliforniaGetting up close and personal with a rattlesnake. Seeing the snake in the wild was extremely satisfying. Never had we felt anything close to that when we saw one in a zoo.
Alex Learns to Wirewrap - Quartzsite, ArizonaHobbit teaches Alex the art of wire wrapping gemstones.
Contentment - Quartzsite, ArizonaI woke up with that feeling that's coming to me quite often these days. Happiness. Contentment. Peacefulness. Gratefulness. I just can't believe I'm living my dream.