Native writer pens second guide about crossing the nation along with his canine – Occasions-Customary

The book was released where the author Eureka was inspired by the writings of another Nobel Prize-winning author and Pulitzer.

“Ever since I read ‘Travels with Charley’ by John Steinbeck in the ’70s, I knew I wanted to do this. Where he is carrying his walking stick, I go with my dear ‘Ambassador to Smiles’ Luigi, pit bull, “said Charlie Brannick, an artist contractor whose new book is called” Pet Friendly Roads. “

The book is a fictional story about Brannick 47 days, a 13,000-mile journey around the country with Luigi, a rescue rescue from the Humboldt County Animal Shelter in McKinleyville.

“Pet Friendly Roads” is a new book written by Eureka author Charlie Brannick. The picture on the cover shows Brannick’s dog, Luigi, in White Sands National Park. (Heather Shelton – Timely)

“It was great, because wherever you are, that’s where they want to be,” Brannick said, calling the dogs “the best people.”

Along the way, Brannick says what would become a travel book was just “something more than what we see and do.”

“It’s just great scenery, the place we live, the good food we ate, the old friends and relatives we visited. It’s a long and deep and fun ‘long-distance’ adventure that wouldn’t fit into a conversation,” Brannick said. “In this book, it is stressful and it goes well with the way I try to make you happy when I learn what life has found for me. In the end, it is a full-time journey and I live the life I want and I am blessed.”

Charlie Brannick and Luigi enjoy standing in The Side Track Cafe in Opelika, Alabama. (Courtesy of Charlie Brannick)

This is Brannick’s second self-published book. His first story, full of poetry and prose, is called “North River Songs” and is the story of Brannick’s life, including his early days in New Jersey and his later life as a veteran Vietnamese facing a changing world. “North River songs,” like “Pet Friendly Roads,” feature Luigi on the front cover.

“Pet Friendly Roads” is a 189-page paper with 62 photographs, including Mount Mazama photos in Oregon, Badlands National Park in South Dakota, Lake Charlevoix in Michigan, Lake Tranquility in New Jersey, Folly Beach in South Carolina, Fort De Soto Park in Florida, Landry Dining at Louisiana and much more. All the while, there is a shot of Luigi – with or without Brannick – enjoying the view on the tour.

“It’s really hard to get around the country, but I’m dealing with zigging,” Brannick said.

He added: “I want to go with the readers to enjoy it. I want him to see all the important details in the artwork through my eyes. I want him to see what it is like when I am – not proudly, but fully. about my life. ”

Both “North River Songs” and “Pet Friendly Roads” are available via Amazon. “North River Songs” is also available at the Humboldt County Library and the Humboldt State University Library.

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