The end of the road – for now

As state and national parks close their campgrounds and many communities ask travelers to stay away to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we’ve made the decision to suspend our journey. We decided this morning to head back to New Jersey where we can stay with family to wait out the storm that has swept overContinue reading “The end of the road – for now”

From gumbo to tacos, with excellent parks in between

After riding out severe weather in western Mississippi, we were keen to get out of there and make our way to the Fort Worth, TX area as soon as possible. So we packed up the dogs, crossed the Big Muddy, and took a northwesterly route through Louisiana, the 10th state of our trip. Our firstContinue reading “From gumbo to tacos, with excellent parks in between”

A dark and stormy night in Mississippi

Way back in 7th grade, around Halloween, my English class was assigned to write a story beginning with the words “It was a dark and stormy night”. Most kids used it to preface scary or gory tales worthy of Halloween (you know, as the assignment intended), but I decided to use the dark and stormyContinue reading “A dark and stormy night in Mississippi”

Those sunsets, though

After enjoying the sun-soaked beauty of the Florida Keys and still feeling the pull of mountains, I thought that I’d had my fill of beaches and oceans for a while, but we took a coastal route through the Florida Panhandle to avoid the high speeds and traffic of Interstate 10 and planned to camp nearContinue reading “Those sunsets, though”

A New Direction

With the Florida Keys behind us, there was nowhere to go but north. Maybe we would go all the way to the terminus of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia? Or should we begin heading west as soon as possible? We tossed these possibilities around and in the mean-time booked a campsite at Torry Island Campground,Continue reading “A New Direction”

In which I befriend a manatee and watch a chicken cross the road in a crosswalk

Mangrove trees, turquoise-blue water, frigate birds flying overhead – they would be the backdrop as we rang in 2020, and we saw them all when we stopped in to visit the visitors’ center at Biscayne National Park. The grounds of the visitors’ center were beautiful, with shaded patios, picnic tables with ocean views, and aContinue reading “In which I befriend a manatee and watch a chicken cross the road in a crosswalk”

Boating with gators and walking in the treetops at Myakka River State Park, Florida

Of all of the things I expected to see in Florida, cow country wasn’t one of them. But after we left Highlands Hammock State Park and passed by miles and miles of citrus groves, we were greeted by a landscape of flat grassy fields accented with trees and grazed by cows (each accompanied by itsContinue reading “Boating with gators and walking in the treetops at Myakka River State Park, Florida”

Christmas in the campground: Highlands Hammock State Park, FL

This year, Santa arrived in the form of an armadillo.  But let’s back up.  On Christmas Eve, we set out from Lake Louisa State Park in Florida to Highlands Hammock State Park, where we had made a camping reservation the previous week for the Christmas holiday. We didn’t have any expectations for this park andContinue reading “Christmas in the campground: Highlands Hammock State Park, FL”

Welcome to the Sunshine State

Our general plan for this trip was to slowly meander south to the Florida Keys, avoiding highways and stopping for points of interest all along the way, and then to head west and visit Big Bend National Park in Texas before finishing out the winter in New Mexico, Arizona, and southern California. The meandering andContinue reading “Welcome to the Sunshine State”