In 1974, at the height of hippie culture, women’s liberation and sexual freedom, the author set off on a journey that lasted nineteen months through Central and South America and included the birth of her daughter in the Andean highlands of Ecuador. As an artist, she kept a journal of 100 pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations of the places she visited. Traveling with her eccentric boyfriend by train, plane, bus, ship and hitchhiking, she encountered many unusual situations and people and even a tropical disease that a local healer called leprosy. She traveled to many exotic places including Oaxaca, Mexico; Panajachel and Tikal, Guatemala; Belize and Caye San Pedro; Costa Rica; San Andreas Island, Cartegena and Popayan, Colombia; Caracas and Merida, Venezuela; and finally to the Andes. She learned she was pregnant in Popayan and found a house to rent in Otavalo, Ecuador. The author set up an art studio on her glass-enclosed front porch and created acrylic paintings of the enchanting landscape surrounding her home. Although her partner and father of the baby wanted to keep traveling and did not want to be a parent, the author was a liberated woman and committed to having and raising the child on her own. This book displays in color the artwork she created and tells the unique story of her travels and evolution as an artist and mother in a time before technology.