The Adventure Begins

The adventure has begun! We’ve decided on a few ground rules because we’re in the trial and error stage of cat travel: 1.) We’re only driving in 4 to 6 hour stints to not stress out the kitties. 2.) The cats will be harnessed in the car unless they appear uncomfortable (other than the norm) 3.) We’ll stop and see who we can if they’re around when we’re around. Planning too far in advance might put us in a bad spot for the kitties and since they’re our kids – they rule.

The house has been closed on and we’ve barely left the starting gate! A mild hurricane, family time and bad bank issues kept us hanging at my mom’s house for a few days longer than anticipated. On the plus side, the movie theater we’d been hoping to try out – well, 3 movies in a week may seem excessive to you but we’ve missed a lot from packing, moving and selling so we’ve been treating ourselves.

First things first: THE HOUSE IS SOLD AND NOW WE’RE WAITING FOR OUR MONEY. Let’s just say NEVER SUN TRUST. EVER.

We’re heading up I-75 to see family, friends and some sights then will head west to begin our search for what’s next. Hotel/motel pet friendlies are few and far between IF you’re unprepared for grunge not related to the 90’s music movement.

The first day went okay with the cats considering it was the longest trip for the babies: Sookie the Russian Blue and Pinky the mutty-mouse. Pinky was fairly vocal for a while but then calmed down and seemed to enjoy the sights from the back seat window.

Click the link below for kitty-video.

First long car ride for the kids!

We stopped in Valdosta – about 5 hours from our starting point in Florida. Pet friendly Motel 6 was not human friendly with no AC and plenty of filth. We then moved over to Quality Inn that was $30 more a night and was in pretty bad shape as well BUT had great AC, hot water and was mostly clean – but dingy.

The dreaded south
The dreaded south

I was hoping to see my Laura (and yes, I mean MINE) and meet her beau Dave in Atlanta. Luckily, Dave recommended the La Quinta in Roswell. CLEAN AND PET FRIENDLY AND NEWLY RENOVATED! We stayed an extra night because we were so stressed from the first night out as homeless globe trotters!

We stopped in Little Five Points in Atlanta first for a bite and to kill some time before check in. Junkman’s Daughter let us bring the girls into the store in their stroller. We found a suit that matched Sookie’s harness that Travis could wear to be father and kitty twins but decided the car was too full.

Matching suit in Little Five!
Matching suit in Little Five!

We then went for some grub at an indoor/outdoor cafe. Unfortunately, it was record heat and the cats were practically melting! The stroller we bought is VERY WELL VENTILATED but between the drive, the excitement of being out and about and the heat, we rushed them back to air conditioning.

We ended up having a great time with Laura and fam then spent the next day dinking around historic downtown Roswell.

Yummy lunch...
Yummy lunch…
So we had dessert too!
So we had dessert too!
Then it rained
Then it rained

Walking back to the car in the rain, we saw a big set of stairs. We followed them up and found Barrington Hall, the mansion of the founder of Roswell! We took the tour and had some Lavender fudge, offered to us by the docent, leftover from the Lavender festival they’d just hosted! DOUBLE DESSERTS!!

Barrington Hall
Barrington Hall
Beautiful rose
Beautiful rose

AND, I scored the recipe!

LAVENDER FUDGE
Ingredients
16 oz. chocolate chips
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
1 tbl. dried lavender flowers
3 tbl. unsalted butter
Garnish
Fresh Lavender
Directions
1.) Grind lavender finely in a clean coffee grinder
2.) Melt everything together in a double boiler. Add butter. Stir until smooth and melted.
3.) Pour into a pan lined with wax paper (approx. 9″ x 9″).
4.) Cover with plastic.
5.) Cut into 1″ squares. Wrap like “sweets” in twists of wax paper.
6.) Sprinkle fresh lavender on top to decorate.

The kitties enjoyed the room, not being in the car and the view from the second floor. We wiped them both down because they smelled like the filthy hotel from the day before.

Kitties loved the second floor window at La Quinta!
Kitties loved the second floor window at La Quinta!

Pinky had completely forgotten that she was okay with riding in the car. Sookie, on the other hand, settled faster. We really thought Pinky would do better as she’s the more adventurous of the two.

Pinky protesting ON MY SHOULDER!
Pinky protesting ON MY SHOULDER!

Our next layover was in Richmond, KY – a random stop on the way up to see my cousins in Ohio!!! The cats did okay. Pinky the mutty-mouse was pretty vocal off and on in protest of driving. Not sure if it’s because we won’t let her drive or if she can’t remember that we did this the day before yesterday and she didn’t mind.

Stay tuned for the next post on our journey. I’ll try not to focus on the lowlights as they’re few and far between but I must say, some of the pet friendly places we’ve encountered to date are pretty bad. The higher end places (La Quintas) are not as plentiful as we need BUT the independents ARE GLORIOUS!!! We are currently out west and I have a lot of catching-you-up to do.

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