May 2015

The first person to come into the Quincy Bookstore where I am signing books today from 1-4 and say “Traveling Adventures of a Farm Girl” will receive your choice of a free book and a story about you on my blog! I have been so blessed and love to meet new people, I would love […]

Vanilla, the plot thickens - at the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens

Vanilla has quite a past. It has everything a dramatic novel could want, a twisty turny plot that opens in Mexico in the 15th century. If this was a play the curtain would open on a scene of the Totonaco Indians that inhabited the Mazantla Valley on the Gulf Coast of Mexico. The scene would […]

Writers at the Strawberry festival, a literary event!

I love the Strawberry Festival. Held over the Memorial Day weekend, my husband always rushes to be done with spring planting to attend this annual event. We come for the tractors, the art and of course the food. I personally am always on the lookout for jewelry and this year Keith caved to my request […]

The grounds and the building of the Holy Family Church in Cahokia, Illinois are beautiful. Although we were unable to make it inside with the day’s schedule, we were able to see the site and wonder at the lovely black walnut logs of the church built in the Creole French style the poteaux-sur-sol style with […]

The Nicolas Jarrot House, a French History in Cahokia, IL

He was a French-born entrepreneur and land speculator who also served as judge and local militia officer. The unofficial website for the house said, “Nicholas Jarrot helped Lewis and Clark.” Brian Winn, Cahokia Courthouse and Jarrot House site superintendant said, “Lewis stayed here in Cahokia with the Jarott family. They needed to be near correspondence. […]

The Cahokia Courthouse, a look into French Creole frontier life

Did you know that in southern Illinois there is an area referred to as the French Creole Corridor? The areais in the Mid-Mississippi area and is in southern Illinois and northern Missouri. The area was settled by French missionaries from Quebec and traders that blended into the Indian population and created their own culture before […]

Cahokia Mounds, the Indian city that was

It is truly mind boggling that an entire Indian City, the largest prehistoric Indian site north of Mexico, was located near Collinsville, Illinois. The site covered 4,000 acres and included at least 120 Mounds. Although today the remains of what was and the mystery of why they left are things we wonder about, visitors can […]

Planning on taking a trip? Taking a page from others, I asked around on what other travelers do to enjoy their trips. Friends and relatives on Facebook mentioned planning ahead and scheduling tours while others liked taking the road less traveled just getting in the car and going without a destination in mind. I myself […]

Yarn art by the Huichol Indians sounds like a simple concept until you glimpse a piece on the wall that brings you face to face with the intricate work that went into creating not only a picture, but an art piece. Carmen Porras co-owner of Arrayan restaurant had a few of the beautiful pictures on […]

Estero el Salado - where I met a croc and saw Puerto Vallarta - nature

It was a resting place for on crocodile that brought others to the Estero el Salado Protected Natural Area. Christina, one of the guides at el Salado shared that a farmer had a troublesome crock that was consuming his livestock. He hooked chicken as a trap and the crocodile took the bait, was injured, brought […]