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April 2016

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Our World

Ahh, Spring! The birds are singing, fish are biting, dogs are scratching, and my honey-do list just keeps getting longer and longer.

Actually, despite the fact we live across the street from a perfectly good fishing dock, I don't fish. It's the cleaning part that gets me. But I like watching anglers this time of year go up and down the lake during what is called "snagging season". I think I look forward to its beginning mostly because I know that winter is over and everything will be green again during the Spring renewal. Except our yard is a bit more purple this year as some kind of weed is taking the neighborhood by storm. My neighbor and I were both fretting over it the other day until we realized it all looks good after a mowing... and that's about the best time to admire your lawn anyway.

Speaking of 'renewal', Kathy and I want to thank everyone for the kind words after our last newsletter. I'm happy to report she heal'd up just fine from her chair mishap, and is just as sassy as ever. She's found herself on yet another project, this time coloring books. Nothing fancy-dancy, and still in the development stage, but Kathy says once it's done she'll incorporate some history and stories with each image. This is a work in progress, and she's looking for feedback from readers, so she put up some design examples that you can download for free. Just click HERE and give us your feedback by replying to this email.

Did you get a chance to see her on the TV show "American Lawmen" on AHC back in March? She was in the episode "Dallas Stoudenmire: The Hero of El Paso". Of course, I made sure to watch it live, but, in true form, Kathy was snoring away by that time. Not a problem, as I DVR'd and we watched it together over lunch the next day. Kathy spent most of the time questioning the camera angles and wondering why they had to have so many "up her nose" shots, but we were both thrilled with the show.

We're plotting and planning our next adventure, hopefully within the next couple of months. You can see our past adventures in the Photo Blog. In the meantime, thanks again for being a reader!

Dave Alexander - Knower of when to keep my trap shut while Kathy frets over camera angles.

ps. Thanks for the great feedback to our last newsletter. It was a bit "ugly" for some of you, but I'm pretty sure I know what went wrong and this one should come out better. The width of the column is apparently fixed using this 'template', but I at least made it look prettier this time :)


What's New

The Real Billy - Billy the Kid may be known as a mean hombre outlaw, but he was quite jovial, intelligent, and a ladies man to boot. Author Terri Meeker explores the lesser known William H. Bonney, a.k.a. Billy the Kid.


Upper Missouri River Breaks, MontanaUpper Missouri River Breaks National Monument - Containing a spectacular array of biological, geological, and historical objects of interest, the Upper Missouri River Break National Monument spans 149 miles of the Upper Missouri River.


William Clark 'Co-Leader of the Corps of Discovery Expedition - Explorer, soldier, Indian agent, and territorial governor of Missouri, William Clark was born on August 1, 1770 in Caroline County, Virginia.



More What's New Here

Did you know?

In 1926, when Route 66 was commissioned, only 800 miles were paved. It wasn't until 1937 that America's Mother Road got paved end-to-end.


Route 66 celebrates 90 years in 2016. Read more about its history, including information state by state, by starting HERE.


Save 15% off all our in stock Route 66 Books and Maps at Legends' General Store, now through April 20! Use coupon code 66Trav in cart view.


Old West Wisdom

  • A corkscrew never pulled a man out of a hole.

  • Never drop your gun to hug a grizzly.

  • The length of a conversation don't tell nothin' about the size of the intellect.

  • If your horse doesn't want to go there, neither do you.

More Old West Wisdom HERE

Featured Travel Destination

Pontiac, Illinois - City of Swinging Bridges

One of Route 66's Red Carpet Corridor Communities, Pontiac has much to offer for the Route 66 Roadie and the history buff alike.

More About Pontiac HERE


The Donner Party Tragedy


170 years ago this month, nine covered wagons left Springfield, Illinois on the 2500 mile journey to California, in what would become one of the greatest tragedies in the history of westward migration.


Read More About the Donner Party Tragedy

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Supporting our love of history since 2003, Legends General Store is a great place to find unique gifts, books, DVD's and more. Save 10% off anything in our General Store by using coupon code NEWS10 in cart view.


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