to Bug Out! Kathy and I like to reserve our more lengthy travel for
the winter months. Neither one of us are huge fans of toe biting
cold, and so far looks like we're getting out of town about a month
late. You can bet next year we will plan our trip a little closer to
We have a pretty ambitious schedule, which is
always flexible and may change, but if your interested to follow along, be
sure to catch our updates on Legends' Travel Blog. Here's the first
installment for this trip with itinerary.
- Heading to Mississippi Louisiana
and other points south on a history tour.
We hope to be leaving or have already left by
the time you are reading this. Weather so far is cooperating, but not for
long. Typically where we are going doesn't have too bad of winter
weather. However, the beauty of having a travel trailer is, if it
does get nasty for any extended period, we can simply pack up and move.
Hope we don't have to though, there's a lot of history down there that we
need to cover, including New Orleans. By the way, we purposely made
plans for our arrival there "after" Mardi Gras.
In the meantime the new year has brought some
minor adjustments, changes and plenty of technical challenges, but we are
roaring into our 10th year on the World Wide Web with excitement
Our "Rocky Mountain General Store" has a new
name. It's now simply "Legends' General Store". Read more
about that HERE. We
also made a decision to close down our forums. That was a tough one,
but it boiled down to the fact that we could not give it the proper
attention it needed to be up to our own standards.
And as a side note, we've been hearing from
several of our readers about their concerns over a new show on the
Discovery Channel called Ghost Town Gold. Kathy and I haven't seen it, but
it appears the argument is that they are "encouraging" people to scavenge
Ghost Towns for western memorabilia. Now, that flies in the face of
our own beliefs, as we still adhere to the Ghost Town Code of Ethics. But
some argue back that the materials at these Ghost Towns belong in the
market, where they are safe, and not rotting in the middle of no-where.
What are your thoughts on this? Would love to hear what our readers
think. Reply to this email, or post on our Ghost Towns of the American West Facebook
Page and let's get a discussion going. You can read
about the show, and a few of the back and forth arguments in the comment
section, in this "Denver
Post" article HERE.
Happy New Year! 2013 is really an exciting year for us, as this June
will mark our 10th Anniversary on the World Wide Web. We will relive some
of our more memorable travel moments here in the newsletter throughout the
year. In the meantime, happy trails to everyone and we'll see you on
Dave Alexander - Driving Miss Kathy and dog
Ps. You asked yourself, how are they going to
run Legends' General Store while their gone? Well now, that is going to be
a trick. Photo Prints take care of themselves through our processor.
Same for Gift Baskets, DVD's, CD's and several other items that ship
directly from the manufacturer. However the rest we either have to
delay shipping or take with us. So today I get to figure out how to
pack several thousand postcards, along with some of our better selling
books. Sorry, Tin Signs didn't make the cut, but you can still order
them. We'll offer either discounts or refunds to any orders that will be
Now, let's get Packin!
In this Edition:
New Additions and Featured
Featured Travel Destination - Columbia, CA
Route 66 History - Normal and Bloomington
Old West Wisdom
- Valentines Day Gifts
Feedback and Suggestions
More to See:
Legends General Store - Supporting our
website since 2003
Legends Photo Prints - Our growing
gallery of Vintage and Modern images available in various print sizes.
Shop, or just enjoy browsing.
Legends Travel Blog - Follow us on our travels and catch special
Legends Facebook Page - Daily posts of all things American History.
Ghost Towns of the American West Facebook
Page - Occasional posts of all things Ghost Towns.
Native American History Facebook Page - Occasional posts of all
things Native American
Vintage Photos of America Facebook
Legends on Twitter
Legends of Kansas - Our website
dedicated to the state Legends was born in.
December is always an interesting month as
Kathy starts throwing new material my way by the stacks. She's
coming off spending way to much time in the store getting ready for
holiday sales and feels a need to "catch up" on stories once we get
through the peak of the holiday rush. This last holiday season is no
different, so there are bunches of new stories on Legends to tell you
Here's what has been added since our
December News Letter.
Rocky Springs - Bandits and Bibles on the
Natchez Trace - Once a prosperous town of more than 2,500 people,
Rocky Springs is home to only a single church and a cemetery today.
Mason Takes On the Natchez Trace – Getting his start as an honorable
man, Samuel Mason served as a militia captain in the
American Revolution. Later, however, he would turn pirate on the
Ohio and the
and lead highwaymen along the