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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Summer Travel Plans

Pulaski County

Have you planned your summer? I love thinking ahead and planning for future trips. By the time spring arrives, I always have several trips on my agenda.

We plan to leave Texas and head to Kansas City in mid-May. Our first trip, to St. Louis for a graduation, has me salivating over photo ops. I know we plan to visit the old historic St. Charles, MO. We've driven I-70 more times than we can count, but we've never taken the time to explore. Can't wait for this one!

Hopefully, this trip will also give us an opportunity to detour to Elephant Rocks State Park again. We visited years ago and I fell in love with its beauty and history.

On old Route 66
in Pulaski County
In early June, I fly to Indianapolis for CrimeCon 2017. I'll be joining Joyce Faulkner and Micki Voelkel and a couple of Micki's friends for this fun event. Although Joyce is working on a true crime story with two others - JB King and Sandra Linhart - I will be searching to improve my knowledge for fiction only.

Following the conference, we head to Pulaski County, MO, to introduce the anthology from last fall's Pulaski County History Crawl. Can't wait to revisit one of my favorite places. The history, the landscape and the people add up to a great place to visit. I plan to visit Cellar 66, ( and of course, learn more history at the Old Stagecoach Stop in Waynesville (

The Clayton Home in
downtown Ft Smith
The next weekend will find us in Ft Smith, AR - another favorite place. I had a marvelous adventure there last summer and am looking forward to discovering more about the area. We can't wait to see all the new street art (part of the continuing The Unexpected Project) that well-known artists painted after our last visit. Oh, and we plan to enjoy some great restaurants.

Bricktown Brewery,
Ft Smith
Check out my previous posts on The Clayton House at and how the Arkansas River defined Ft Smith history at Also check out Joyce Faulkner's three best bites at

Then it's home for a couple of weeks (maybe I'll sneak in a day trip or two), until we head to Colorado the first part of July. I can never say enough about Colorado - home to friends, family, wonderful memories and incredible natural beauty. I hope we take the time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park again. (

The rest of the summer is unscheduled at this time, but I hope that soon changes. There's so much of our country to explore and so little time!

I'm ready for the challenge!

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