As a fellow writer and blogger (www.YourOutdoorFamily.com), I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your blog through USA Today. You spoke for many who wanted to jump in their cars and do the same thing – including me, but finances limited us. Your blog is wonderful, as well. I will enjoy reading future entries.
I haven’t seen the news today, but am hopeful that the lead has stopped… so ready for this tragic disaster to end so our Gulf can begin some kind of recovery…
How ironic to read your article in the USA Today that I picked up on the way out the hotel’s lobby! We were on our journey home from a trip similar to the type of which you had written. Each morning, tucked cozy and comfy in my home in Colorado, I watched as news of the disaster in the gulf unfurled. What could I do? When I realized I had a couple of weeks this summer between taking classes and teaching classes, I took money from my meager savings, grabbed my 15 year old daughter, and headed southeast. Like you and your children, we found we couldn’t volunteer as we had hoped. We also went to Grand Isle, on the advice of our hotel desk clerk, but when we went the beaches were closed as well as the pier. I took pictures of the signs the locals had posted of which you had written. The presence of government, BP, and news crews was evident. My daughter and I didn’t get to help “oiled birds” either, as I had ideally hoped, but we gained a first hand appreciation of the beauty of the south, the gulf, and their people. We will share our experiences with others, just as you have with your article. Thank you.
(Thank you also for the concrete proof I now have to show my family that I’m not crazy for taking this trip!)
N- you don’t need any concrete proof from anybody that it was a good idea. Going on a roadtrip with your daughter can never be a bad thing. I am glad that you and I had the same idea, and similar experience. regards, bob