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Thank You, Free Book Give away

Winter is here, even in Florida. So what better way to warm the day then by saying thank you to friends and followers of my Red Road Diaries blog. From January 20-21 giving away the second volume of my book. This compilation of tales from our 10 years on the road in our RV is on Amazon. I decided to take advantage of their promotional free book give away and offer it to all my friends and followers. Click the button and go to Amazon to get your copy. Enjoy it, share it, review it, maybe even get motivated to hit the road yourself.

 

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Volume Two of The Red Road Diaries (The Book) is Finally Available

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So the Summer has flown by up here in New Hampshire. Lots of hiking, relaxing and writing going on.  I have finally finished Volume Two of the Red Road Diaries, and it is now available on Amazon.com.

 Volume One  was published on Amazon and iBooks in the Spring. Many of you may not have followed along on this blog, The Red Road Diaries, since the beginning and may want to catch up and do some armchair traveling. Or, if you are thinking about an RV or camper in your future, you may enjoy all the helpful hints and resources offered up in it. If you have ever contemplated hopping into an RV and hitting the road, this is a must read series.

Now the new Volume Two is available on Amazon.com. Volume Two recounts our travels from deep in the heart of Texas to the majestic Canadian Rockies and our travels west of the Mississippi. It takes you  across Texas and throughout the Southwest. We explore The Painted Desert, The Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, and Grand Teton National Parks, as well as Yellowstone and more. Come along as we caravan down the Mexican Baja to Cabo Sans Lucas. Enjoy the beauty of Montana and Glacier National Park. Cross the Canadian border with us to revel in the majestic Canadian Rockies. Join us as we canoe the lakes of British Columbia, and then sail the Inner Passage south to Vancouver Island. Explore the Pacific Northwest and the craggy shores of the Pacific Coast from Oregon to Southern California. It is a long and winding trip with plenty of great photographs and lots of insights into life on the back roads and RV travel.  Check it out.

Some Ironic Texas History

I love irony. I had to post this, given all the noise today from Texas, about electrifying the wall to keep Mexicans out, and fears of an armed U.S. invasion of their state. I came across the following while editing the section of my book that recounted one of our many visits to Texas. Don’t get me wrong, my fifth great-grandmother settled Texas, my family name is listed on the wall in the Alamo Museum, The Alamo is a beautiful shrine to the Texas Revolution, but every time  I read this display quote I crack up.

Directly from the of the Museum at the Alamo:

A New Population: Spanish officials, concerned about Texas’ sparse population had decided to invite colonists from the United States to settle in Texas before Mexico declared her independence. The new Mexican government adopted the colonization plan as its own, hoping the colonists would contribute to the region’s economic prosperity. The first colonists, led by Stephen F. Austin, arrived in 1821. By 1828 there were so many immigrants from the United States in Texas that in some areas they outnumbered the Mexican population by 10 to 1. Manuel de Mier y Terán, a Mexican official sent to Texas that year, reported in alarm that Texas was becoming more American than Mexican and would be lost if the flow of settlers from the United States was not stopped. In 1830 the Mexican government, in response to Mier y Terán’s warning, closed Texas to further immigration from the United States. It also established several new forts in Texas to strengthen its presence, prohibited the importation of slaves and opened customhouses to collect taxes and stop illegal trade with the United States.

There was an additional quote at the bottom of the display, from Mier y Terán in 1828, that said “They (the American Colonists) all go about with their Constitution in their pocket demanding their rights.”

Does any one else see the irony in this bit of history?

Follow me Where??

I’m sitting at my computer writing, trying to get the second volume of my book series formatted and published  by the end of the month. For the last few days I have been seeing pop up messages about getting new “follower’s” on my blog. Not this one, my old one, the Red Road Diaries. This past weekend I posted an announcement there, the first in a while,  about my new book coming out, explained that I wasn’t traveling anymore and I would no longer be posting. I gave a link to this new blog, figuring they might want to come here and check it out.

So why have 10 new people decided to follow me on a blog I just said I was no longer posting to?

Getting the Juices Flowing

I have been spending too much time sitting at my computer writing. I keep saying I’m going to the gym, but somehow I get distracted (by almost anything) and procrastinate. Today I finally got off my duff and restarted my exercise routine. I saw a sign at the gym that said:

“Thinking about going to the gym burns between 0 and 0 calories.” 

I think I’ll post that on my computer screen for future reference.