And Away We Go

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Castle Black

Castle Black

We delayed as much as possible. It was easy to do. We were comfortable, had zippy wheels, full use of the kitchen, got to know some great neighbors, had an en-suite room, and then some. With tears and heavy hearts, we set off. It was painful, and we almost changed our minds.

Again.

All that would have accomplished would be to prolong the inevitable departure. It was time. Carlos is having difficulty knowing when he’s gotta poop. It sneaks up on him, catches him by surprise, and he doesn’t know which way to turn. Poor old fellow. It’ll be tricky staying at AirBnb with this problem. It’s tricky to stay anywhere with this problem. At least camping will offer a lot of outdoor time – a pretty good alternative.

So, we’re off.

Away we go??

Away we go??

October is such a nice time to camp. At the moment, I’m writing from Kickapoo State Park, in the southeastern part of Illinois. We’re near a small river-looking lake, Long Lake; crickets are singing, trying to drown out the highway traffic noise. There are a handful of campers, and we see geese flying west. With my new, 15 pound supply of mostly burned candles, the campfire starts with one match.

Colorful Fire Starters

Colorful Fire Starters

One match does the trick

One match does the trick

We head further south and land at Cave in Rock. Not, as in caved in, but a cave, in a rock.p1030755There’s only one such cave along the Ohio river and it has a rich history from a refuge for Native Americans to a hideout for the rough and tumble outlaws, Samuel Mason and Jesse James.

There are even fewer campers here, and we have the cave to our self. Having spent a lot of time in Hollister’s Pinnacles, it’s easy for me to imagine being a kid again and playing pretend in this big awesome cave.

Might as well be walking on the moon

Might as well be walking on the moon

Next stop was Land between the Lakes, or The Trace. It’s a recreation parkway between Kentucky and Tennessee. Wildlife abounds this stretch of land and we saw creatures great & small.

Sweet Hairstyle

Sweet Hairstyle

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Our campsite was on the lake, and I woke up to a pink morning sunrise.p1030804p1030803

What a nice way to start the day. Continuing south, we stumbled on Natchez Trace parkway, and discovered the final resting spot of Meriwether Lewis. Interesting to reconnect with the headmaster of  the Corps of Discovery, here in Tennessee. p1030822Maybe it was because the Corps’ history is deep rooted in our Pacific Northwest story, that it was pouring rain, and we would meet a fellow Oregonian here. He just happens to live in Northeast near Kennedy school. Such a small world, the way we go.

Monument dedicated to Meriwether Lewis

Monument dedicated to Meriwether Lewis

About Hali

Just a travel junkie trying to find my voice in the blogosphere. I enjoy sharing my photography and fast facts I learn in the places I travel through.

10 thoughts on “And Away We Go

  1. Jodi Bratton

    Love your stories. We are just below the Land between at Joe Wheeler State Park, Rogersville AL. We have returned from Chattanoogo and getting ready to turn left to the Gulf. See you in FL. Hope Carlos feels better and ages slowly. Rio says hi.

  2. Robert Scott

    I love your Jackie Gleason-esque title there. You have done well to keep Carlos so long. Hope he makes it back “home” and is at peace there.

    1. Hali Post author

      Thank you for your well-wishes, Bob. Carlos is a tough nut, I’m guessing he’ll be around for some Thanksgiving turkey. (He’s too headstrong to miss out on that!)

  3. Hali Post author

    It’s true, they have a special bond and it’ll be good they reunite. He’ll get his turkey – it’ll be his 16th birthday!

  4. Mormor

    So happy Carlos will be able to spend the last days with “his girl”. Sometimes I think dogs hang in there just to please their people…Hope he gets some turkey next month!

  5. John Stipan

    Well written & heartfelt again, Hali & Woody. Praying for Carlos, yes I am, and for your peace of mind over his aging loving canine character. Being from Illinois I love this part of your journey, know well your path, and wonder where you will winter. Stay ahead of the snow, with love, Stip

    1. Hali Post author

      Thank you John. We are aiming for Winter Garden, Florida – isn’t that a perfect name for a place to hibernate? – that’s where Carli is living now.

      Appreciate you following us!

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