These four friends from Point Clear, Alabama, spend a lot of their time
traveling, each trying to find the most "hidden gems" in an area. For
example, these ladies were able to find places with unusual qualities, such as
the smallest police station on the North Carolina coast (which happens to be in
a phone booth), a place where you can attend a mullet toss, and the history of
the only U.S. mail water route in the country. These women have a knack for
finding the places less traveled.
Judy Barnes, born in Memphis, Tennessee, attended Memphis State University as
well as several other universities. She is married to Dr. Roy J. Barnes, and
they have seven children between them. She is driven by her desire to write
guidebooks covering all of the wonderful places she has been.
Jolane Edwards grew up in Mobile, Alabama, where she graduated from the
University of Alabama. She married Jack Edwards in 1954, and they have two
children together. She enjoys painting, sculpture, writing, and volunteer work.
Carolyn Lee Goodloe has spent her life in Alabama. She graduated from the
University of Alabama with a bachelor of science degree in textiles and a minor
in journalism. She is married to James William Goodloe, Jr., and they have three
children together. She is interested in working with regional leadership
programs, gardening, and reading.
Laurel L. Wilson is no stranger to travel, having moved around a lot in her
lifetime. She is the mother of four grown children and has worked for charities.
A freelance writer, she enjoys photography, needlework, walking, and reading.