We left Oliver Lee Memorial State Park to drive west. On this drive we crossed both the continental divide and the state line, entering Arizona, and even into a different desert, leaving the Chihauhaun for the Sonoran. Arizona is a much-awaited destination on this trip; we have now entered seasonal snowbird territory, so we expect to meet Read More →

Whitesands National Monument only offers camping for backpackers, and we wanted to sleep indoors during the cold spell, so we needed to find another place to camp. John found a great state campground about a half-hour drive away, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. The park is nestled at the foot of the Sacramento Mountains, with a Read More →

From Big Bend National Park, we headed north to Carlsbad, New Mexico. We had a ticket for a cave tour at Carlsbad Caverns National park for Monday, and arrived in Carlsbad on Friday to spend the weekend resting and doing errands. After spending Saturday washing clothes and replenishing our supply of groceries, we spent Sunday Read More →

While in Austin we decided to go to Big Bend National Park, but needed some time to plan, so we stopped at a state park on the way. John chose Garner State Park because it had good reviews on Google+. Once there I realized why it had good reviews on the social networking site, while Read More →

Austin is home to a packaging-free grocery store,  In.gredients, that I read about on one of the environmental blogs I follow. This was our first stop in the city to stock up on bulk goods in addition to the fresh veggies we picked up in the morning at a great farmers’ market in Bastrop. From there, we parked Read More →

Texas is a huge state, and we need to drive through the entire width of it to travel from New Orleans to Arizona, where we plan to wait out the worst of winter. I have been nervous about this trek since I realized our trajectory. I knew very little about Texas prior to entering the Read More →

After a sleepless night in a casino/truckstop parking lot, we headed to another amazing Louisiana State Park. We have been impressed at the quality of this state’s parks – the wildlife viewing opportunities, educational displays and amenities (free laundry!) all contribute to an enjoyable stay. Lake Fausse Pointe State Park is a comfortable two hours’ Read More →

We left Homochitto National Forest because we did not like the atmosphere, but we were not quite ready for New Orleans. We stopped at another Louisiana State Park a bit north of the city, Tickfaw State Park. At every park we visit, I read the interpretive signs to learn about the local flora and fauna, and Read More →

We had a wonderful Christmas in Austin, TX. Heidi made delicious cookies this morning and surprised me with a Christmas stocking she had knit. One side reads “JOHN” and the other, “SUGAR LOAF”. It was stuffed with gummy candies and beef jerky!  She had secretly worked on it every morning over the last week, getting Read More →

Unseasonably warm weather was upon us by the time we left Hot Springs, and the air grew warmer as we drove south. Now that we are no longer rushing, we are only driving around 150 miles at a time. John searched state parks in northern Louisiana at the right distance away, and came up with Read More →