I was traveling east on Hwy 94, out of Jefferson City, MO, on my way to Hermann. This is a part of Missouri where the famous Katy Trail also follows the River, and having biked on the Trail more than once, I was enjoying seeing old towns and trailheads we had visited in years past.
I pulled in to Mokane, MO, to visit the trailhead – and hopefully to make a pit stop – and encountered what was either the near beginning, or recent end of a carnival. Either that, or it was a scene from The Twilight Zone. There was no indication of activity, current, past or pending, actually, but the trucks and gear were all present. The feeling was somewhere between exciting and spooky.
I never determined the circumstances, but it brought back fun memories, nonetheless! For some pictures, see MokaneCarnival.
Atchison, KS Named for David R Atchison, co-founder, and US Senator from Missouri (!). Lewis and Clark celebrated their first 4th of July (west of Mississippi) here. It’s the birthplace of Amelia Earhart, and Jess Stone, member of 4 music Hall of Fames, and writer of “Shake Rattle and Roll”. It has the only airport in the world named for one woman (only). It’s the ‘most haunted town in Kansas’ (the stories I heard!). It’s the closest spot to Colorado in what we now know as Kansas, making it an ideal place for a new ‘headed west’ settlement. Which is a perfect segue to my SURPRISE OF THE TRIP!! It appears almost certain that my great great grandfather was one of the 13 original founders of Atchison!! Wow. I doubt that anyone else is too interested, but if so, here are the details of the discovery (as well as other Atchison historical tidbits): EH.Norton There’s SO much I could share about my Atchison, visit, but for now, I’ll limit myself to these three items:
Birthplace of Amelia Earhart She was born in her grandparents’ home, now a beautiful museum. See EABM.
Amelia’s Sister Plane (named for her sister) Comes to Atchison! The ONLY one exactly like Amelia’s in the world! It is now in Atchison (as of about 2 weeks ago), has created quite a buzz, and I was allowed to see it (with wings back on) before they’re ready to open it for public showing! See Muriel! and read details of its uniqueness.
The Bridge Lighting! You’ve seen the picture above (maybe 2 or 3 times now). See details, and some more pictures (including other views and other colors) here: AtchBridgeNite
Now Scheduled for Release in Mid-June
I may have officially taken my Missouri River Road trip by myself last summer, but I’ve always felt like I had lots of people with me, whether they were blog readers or family/friends who were with me in spirit and support [or both!]. When the book comes out in May, it will be partially dedicated to all these ‘fellow travelers’ (including most of you)! But I’d like to find a way to more publicly acknowledge my friends and supporters – old and new- hence this Special Offer!!
This offer has re-opened until April 28, you will continue to have your first opportunity to reserve one or more SPECIAL copies of Rollin’ Down The River for a pre-publication price that includes SEVERAL perks, one of which is public acknowledgement (by name) in the book’s Acknowledgements section! Due to publishing deadlines and requirements, this particular early offer is LIMITED, both in time and number of books available, so IF you’re interested, be sure to ACT NOW.
This offer will have FOUR options, but ALL options include the following: 1) Signed (or inscribed) special, numbered copy(ies) of the book. 2) Acknowledgement (by name) of your purchase in the book. 3) FREE SHIPPING or delivery of the book(s). 4) A good-forever discount [from me] for all future purchases of the book (which can also be signed/inscribed). Order later for your friends and save. 🙂
Option 1: For $50, receive one special copy of the book, plus all features mentioned above, including a 10% discount on future purchases.
Option 2: Working on final logistics. More details to follow.
Option 3: For $100, receive TWO special copies of the book (inscribed as you wish – give one to a friend!), and a 20% discount on future purchases.
Option 4: Working on final logistics. More details to follow.
OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES:
- No payment is required now. This is an offer to reserve your book copy(ies).
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- Obviously, this is a special opportunity at a special pre-publication time (and this extended offer will expire on April 28). But this will not be your only chance to buy a book, if you choose to wait.
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