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LST 325-Tour an authentic WWII warship. She is "Last of the Class" meaning-the only operational LST in existence. http://dld.bz/aj3CW
Things have been really busy at American Road HQ lately. Sara Wilson, our Marketing Manager and Ad Sales Associate will be going on maternity leave for a few months. We're very excited for Sara, but, we will definitely miss her while she's out.
Mike Joyce, our Ad Sales Associate for the Rocky Mountains region is retiring after 45 years in the business. We're going to miss Mike. We hope he has an opportunity to relax and enjoy the American Road!
Stepping in to take over the Rocky Mountain and the Great Plains Regions is Christine Martens. Christine will also serve as Marketing Coordinator. Christine comes to us with nine years of experience at Wausau (Wisconsin) CVB. We are very excited to have Christine join us. Christine is a regular road warrior--she has worked for the Wisconsin Highway 51 Association. Christine's Forum name is WisHxGeek - so, please join me in welcoming Christine.
South Fork, CO road trip-@ S end of San Luis Valley-Oldest Church in CO/Freemont's Camp/Jack Dempsey Boxing Mus http://dld.bz/southforktours
Road Trip-Near Beloit, Wis.-Marvel @ Tiffany Bridge (1869) the only remaining 5-arch stone railway bridge. http://dld.bz/aaSCA
Touch Oregon Trail wagon wheel ruts - Mitchell Pass @ Scotts Bluff Ntl Monument http://www.visitscottsbluff.com
Jefferson City, Mo.-jct of US 50 & 54. Take a ghost tour of the State Penitentiary-100 when Alcatraz opened: http://dld.bz/ZpQU
I took a quick business trip last month to Austin, Texas. The trip was so short that I had absolutely no time for playing tourist. However, I stayed at a beautiful historic hotel: the Driskill. (I figured that I needed to see something of historic interest while I was in Austin!).
The Driskill was built in 1886 and is listed as one of the Historic Hotels of America. You may read a bit about the history here: http://www.driskillhotel.com/about-texas-hotel.php. An historic time line may be found at: http://www.driskillhotel.com/historic-hotels-timeline.php
The hotel was beautiful and the service was spectacular. The rate for a basic room, after taking advantage of one of their special offers, was comparable to other hotels in the area. There are special price offers at their website: http://www.driskillhotel.com/special-offers.php
The only downside of staying at the Driskill was the road construction taking place downtown. The construction made navigating the downtown area a bit challenging. That inconvenience aside, I would recommend an overnight stay at the Driskill.
It looked good. Previous readers were built for mostly text-heavy publications (newspapers, etc.). The image quality on the IPad, however, looked very good. No formatting problems to speak of. So, for those of you with an IPad, the digital edition of American Road is available! Preview the digital edition here: http://americanroadmagazine.com/previewmag.html
I traveled to Illinois in June. It was a quick business trip. But, I did have an opportunity to meet the great staff of the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition: Bonnie Heimbach (Executive Director) and two of her staff (Mary Jo and Sue). You may stop in and visit them at 200 South State Street; Belvidere, Illinois 61008.
If you're traveling the Lincoln Highway in Illinois this summer, be sure to download their trip itinerary: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/docs/itineraries/IllinoisLHCoalitionItinerary.pdf
and visit their website: http://www.drivelincolnhighway.com/
If you travel with your pets, as we do, you would appreciate a resource to identify nearby veterinary services in case of an emergency. I found this great website providing a way to search for accredited veterinarian hospitals on your travel route.
I hope it is helpful!
I took a fast, but fun, trip to Northeast Colorado on business almost two weeks ago. I stayed in Greeley. I had a little time to explore--not nearly enough. Greeley has some wonderful attractions: The Centennial Village (you can take a virtual tour here: http://www.greeleygov.com/Museums/centennialvillage.aspx), the Greeley Freight Station Museum (http://www.gfsm.org/), and a fun little drive-in with great food: JB's.
The Spring 2010 issue is sold out. Only a few autographed copies remain. You may still find copies at bookstores & newsstands (see a partial list at: http://americanroadmagazine.com/docs/bookstore.pdf). You may also find copies at independent outlets including: Cozy Dog, Munger Moss, Arizona Route 66 Museum, Afton Station, and the Mother Road Museum.
I started thinking about different ideas for this coming Thanksgiving. Something fun and different. I thought I'd share what I found - just in case it might interest some other people. I will work to post at least two ideas per week until Thanksgiving. Feel free to share ideas in your comments.
Thanksgiving Marketplace. Rugby, Tennessee. November, 27, 2009. Phone: 888-214-3400
Hark back to the 1880s Rugby Christmas. Visit beautifully decorated candle and lamp lit buildings; enjoy music and actors portraying early Rugby colonists; join in carol singing with hot wassail.
We've been working on the upcoming Spring issue so I haven't had a moment to share that we received a letter from our platoon contact. I'm pleased to report that the platoon received the gift boxes and enjoyed receiving the care packages.
We wanted to share some of the great letters that we were able to included in the packages. Special thanks for the help of the two elementary school classes (Mrs. Amy Quick's second & third grade class - Joseph M. Carkenord Elementary in Chesterfield, Mich., and Mrs. Zaiglin’s first grade class - Joseph M. Carkenord Elementary in Chesterfield, Mich., who made this possible.
Entities and individuals that participated in this effort include:
American Road advertisers
Anonymous donations from some of of our active American Road magazine on-line forum members
Pat & Jennifer Bremer
Mary Ellen Filbey
Joe & Cheri Miller
Steven Rastigue, DDS
Tom and Pat Repp
Mrs. Amy Quick's second & third grade class - Joseph M. Carkenord Elementary in Chesterfield, MI
Mrs. Zaiglin’s first grade class - Joseph M. Carkenord Elementary in Chesterfield, MI
Staff at American Road magazine
Thanks again to everyone for helping make this possible!
I recently had the opportunity to drive a section of the Otter Trail Scenic Byway in Minnesota. I enjoyed the small stretch of the Byway that I drove (near Fergus Falls, MN). Attractions along the way:
The World's Largest Otter:
The quaint town of Fergus Falls:
I would have liked to spend a few more days just exploring Fergus Falls and enjoying breakfast every morning at the Viking!
Unfortunately, weather wasn't cooperating with me during the trip—a big snow storm blew in from the West—so my outdoor photos are snow covered.
Thanks for visiting my blog. I invite you to visit often. This is where I plan to record thoughts, memories, and photos from travels on the American Road.
We hope to see you on the back roads!
Great news everyone - you may now find digital subscriptions of American Road magazine available for purchase at:
"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!" ~Hamilton Wright Mabie
Greetings everyone! I just learned that the following store in New York is carrying American Road:
15 W 37th Street
New York NY 10018
Quote of the Day
"Go forth a conqueror and win great victories."—Virgil
Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. ~Seneca
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
—Henry Ward Beecher
FREEDOM. You can escape from the demands of every day responsibility (even if only for a short time). Bonus: No airport screening required!
American Road magazine is now available at the famous Cozy Dog Drive-in on Route 66.
Grab a Cozy Dog and pick up a copy of the magazine to enjoy with your lunch, dinner, or snack! http://www.cozydogdrivein.com/
Wow, it's been a busy month. I traveled to Atlanta for the Southeast Tourism Society conference. Had a quick, but, beautiful trip, to York, Pennsylvania, and had a great four day road trip (doing research for an upcoming article for the magazine) in Michigan and Ohio.
The leaves on the trees were turning in PA, MI, and Ohio. The weather was crisp, and it was a great time for a road trip!