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Summer News 2010

What a summer this has been–and we’re only halfway through it!

It’s been a time to focus on family, travel, history, and writing–my favorite things! My husband, daughter, and I spent the month of June on the road, something we’ve never done before but are ready to repeat at the first opportunity. Here are some of the highlights:

FIRST STOP, TEXAS

Our first stop was Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, where my son graduated from basic training. It was an amazing experience, with ceremonies spanning two days. To say we were proud of our country and our son–who graduated with honors–is a major understatement!

Following an amazing few days of spending time in San Antonio with our son, his wife, and their two little girls, we said our goodbyes and headed east. Instead of zooming along the interstate, we chose to take the back roads whenever we could, and we were so glad we did! Moving along at a slower pace allowed time feel like we were really seeing the country instead of racing past it.

 

 

THE “MAGICAL HISTORY TOUR” MOVES ON TO MISSISSIPPI

We made our way across east Texas and Louisiana and drove across the Mississippi River into Natchez. I fell in love with the town and its people, some of the friendliest I’ve met anywhere. We spent most of one day driving around, viewing the gorgeous antebellum homes before continuing on our way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM ANTEBELLUM MISSISSIPPI TO SPANISH COLONIAL FLORIDA

From Natchez, we drove south and meandered along the Gulf. Our hearts went out to the people in the area whose way of life is being threatened by the oil spill. After more time spent off the beaten path, we arrived in St. Augustine, Florida, founded by the Spanish in 1565, long before any English settlers set foot in Jamestown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We followed that part of our month-long adventure with a couple of days in Orlando, where my daughter and I played tourist while my husband attended a convention, and then we were off and running again–to take another step back in time in the breath-taking beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, it was on to St. Louis for writers’ retreat followed by a day spent on the convention floor at ICRS, the International Christian Retail Show. What a wonderful weekend! There’s something about connecting with other writers that throws my creativity into high gear. Here’s a photo of me with writer friends Tracy Higley and DiAnn Mills. We had just picked up our convention badges and spent a few minutes catching up on what’s been happening since the last time we saw each other.

 

 

 

 

This month spent on the road will be one I’ll always treasure. I learned and saw so much . . . and I have several new story ideas running through my mind. I’ll let you know what becomes of them once they’ve had a chance to percolate a bit!

 

 

 

 

 

Until next time…

 

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