“Cruising the Mississippi gives the reader a genuine sense that they are also on board the American Queen, exploring the small towns that line the river and luxuriating in an atmosphere that exudes the glories of a bygone era.”
— Readers Favorite Book Review
In crossing another travel adventure off their bucket list, two veteran travelers take a fascinating river cruise and find the heart and soul of the American South.
Al and Sunny Lockwood had explored much of America’s West when a serious car crash changed their lives. It happened while they waited at a red light. A texting driver slammed into them at sixty miles an hour, totaling both cars in an explosion of glass and metal.
“Our seatbelts and airbags saved us from broken bones, but we were pretty banged up,” Sunny said. “We spent many hours at the doctor’s office and the pharmacy, trying to get back to normal.”
That wreck woke them up to the fragility of life.
“You can be doing nothing more dangerous than sitting at a red light, and the next minute you could be heading for the hospital, or the morgue,” Sunny said.
Because of that wreck, Al and Sunny stopped postponing dreams of international travel. They stopped saying, “We’ll go there someday.”
They began ocean cruising, exploring the Mediterranean, Norway’s fjords, Central and South America and many other places.
Then one day, they climbed aboard a historic paddlewheeler in New Orleans, Louisiana, and set off on the river cruise of their life.
From a vibrant New Orleans Jazz concert at famous Preservation Hall, to the largest plantation mansion on the Mississippi, to eye-opening Civil War battlegrounds, this lively travel memoir brings American history and Southern culture to life.
Join Al and Sunny as they discover fascinating histories of riverside cities and little-known facts about famous landmarks.
Their daily adventures are told in an easy, conversational style that will pull you in.
If you like cultural exploration, American history, practical travel insights, colorful characters, and authentic personal stories, you’ll love Al and Sunny Lockwood’s illuminating exploration of America’s mightiest waterway.
Buy Cruising the Mississippi today and embark on a breathtaking adventure for the young at heart.
Al and Sunny Lockwood have traveled by foot, car, rail, air and cruise ship. They’ve camped in national parks, hiked mountain trails, photographed springtime flowers in Death Valley and wintry surf along the rugged beaches of Northern California.
They’ve watched July 4th fireworks over Lake Tahoe, explored the Taos Pueblo and ridden the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad through forests ablaze with autumn colors.
They’ve cruised the Mediterranean from Venice to Athens and Istanbul, explored the historic canals of Amsterdam and the stunning fjords of Norway.
In the U.S. south, they’ve wandered from North Carolina’s Outer Banks to New Orleans’ Bourbon Street and Nashville’s Grand Ole’ Opry, collecting memories to enjoy for a lifetime.
“We write to share our delight,” Al says. “And to encourage others to make their travel dreams come true.”
Sunny adds, “Visit those places you’ve always dreamed about. Do it now. While you can.”
Everywhere they go, the Lockwoods capture unforgettable moments with their cameras and notebooks, to share their wonderful experiences with their readers.
Their work has been published in magazines and newspapers. It has been recognized with top awards from the National Federation of Press Women, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the Wishing Shelf Book Awards and Seven Sisters Book Awards.