Last week I went to visit Aunt Kathy in Mobile, Alabama. She has about 40 acres of land located on a dirt road.
To get to her house, I had to drive through a big mud puddle. I actually went through the puddle four times. Mom was not happy, but I thought it was a ton of fun.
The water splashed onto the engine of my Jeep and it started to steam. Mom was freaking out and thought the engine was smoking. I tried to calm her down and explain the temperature gauge was in the normal range and it was just steam. She didn’t believe me and was reluctant to stay in the vehicle.
Eventually, we made it to Kathy’s house. There are bears living on her property, so I went exploring the woods hoping to get a picture of one of the bears.
Unfortunately, the only animal I found was a turtle. I ended up getting covered in mud when I took its picture. When I made it back to the house I was covered in dirt, mud, and sweat. I smelled horrible, but I had planned for this and had an extra set of clothes that I could put on after taking a shower.
I really enjoy exploring Kathy’s property and maybe one day I will find those bears.
Last week, I went on a seven day cruise. Our first stop was in Honduras where I spent the day hiking through Eco Park.
The park is full of monkeys, birds, and other fun animals. There is one monkey that the guides named Billy and he is rather feisty. Billy will jump on people, open their backpacks, and then steal their stuff. While we were there, Billy managed to grab someone’s water bottle. He then climbed into the trees, opened the bottle, and began to drink the water. I couldn’t help but laugh at his ingenuity.
During the hike we had to cross a suspension bridge. I’ve seen bridges like this in movies, but never had the opportunity to cross one myself. The bridge rocked back and forth as I walked across it, but I found the experience rather exhilarating.
I was also able to see Mayan ruins during the hike. The guide did a wonderful job explaining the statues and their meaning.
I learned about the importance of hand placement in the Mayan culture. For example, holding one hand up with the palm out and the other hand down with the palm up, is the symbol for peace and love.
After our hike, we headed downtown to visit the local shops and do a little more exploring.
While I was traveling to Indiana, I stopped at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky.
It was a great place to get out, stretch, and enjoy a hike with my dog. The landscape was breathtaking. I also found an old cemetery while I was exploring the park.
If you enjoy being outdoors, put this on your vacation list. You will not be disappointed.
I was walking through thick brush and not paying attention to the foliage around me, until my legs became insnared by a thorn bush. I looked down and noticed I was surrounded by poison ivy.
My legs had multiple welts and were extremely itchy. A friend recommended washing my legs in rubbing alcohol, because it will dry up the welts and remove all the poison from my skin.
I was skeptical, but willing to give it a try. To my amazement the rubbing alcohol did a fantastic job. I can still see a few spots on my legs, but they do not itch at all.
If you ever end up with poison ivy, try rubbing alcohol. It works wonders.
Gwen and I went to Dauphin Island, which is located in Mobile County, Alabama. It’s connected to the mainland by the Gordon Persons Bridge.
Dauphin Island was named after Louis XIV’s great-grandson. He was the heir (the dauphin) and future Louis XV of France.
This is a beautiful place to visit, with white sandy beaches, Sea Lab – Estuarium, a military fort dating back to the 1800’s, Audubon Bird Sanctuary, walking trails, restaurants and places to shop.
I go into the woods alone, to sit in silence and listen. I hear birds singing, bugs chirping, and the wind rustling through the leaves. I can smell the freshness in the air. The longer I sit the more at peace I feel. I am becoming one with the nature around me. I feel a longing to connect with the animals that hide or scurry about. I close my eyes, and let all the stress leave my body. In that moment, all feels right with the world. That’s why I go into the woods.
Amazon has Advanced Wilderness Navigation by Jack Perry available as an ebook for free. Before reading this book, you will need know how to use a compass and read a topographical map.
The book is short and to the point. However, it is full of useful information. It is easy to read and easy to understand.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys hiking, camping, or other wilderness activities.