Some Backtracking–Ann Arbor, Detroit and Motown

(Blogger’s note: the trip mentioned below occurred several months before I finally got around to posting about it. Sorry about that.) In October 2019, I published my first book, So You Want to Sing Spirituals. Just the month before the book was set to be released, I was invited to the University of Michigan to …

Last Days in Hot Springs–The National Park

We got an early start Thursday. Gerry was heading back east that morning, so I got up and fixed breakfast so that we could have a final chat before he left. After he left, I cleaned up and got down to work.  Or at least that was the plan. I’m under deadline to finish my …

A Presidential Visit… Sort of

When I visited Little Rock in 2016, I had to settle for a drive-by of the Clinton Presidential Library.  So, when Gerry told me he planned to drive to Little Rock to visit the library, I jumped at the opportunity to finally see it. We got an early start on Tuesday morning with the thought …

Hot Springs,… Finally! And a Special Birthday

Since my 2016 trip to southeastern US, I’ve hoped to visit Hot Springs, Arkansas; however, I simply ran out of time to add it to that trip. My birthday approached, and I wanted to get out of town for a few days.  Hot Springs came up again because it was far enough south to get …

Home, Home from the Range

The night’s storm died away, but that Tuesday morning afterwards began still cloudy and was the coolest of the extended holiday weekend.     Fortunately, it wasn’t so cool that I changed my mind about visiting Evans Plunge Mineral Springs in Hot Springs.  I entered the small town around 7:30 a.m. and was able to …

A Day in the Black Hills of South Dakota

Memorial Day started partly sunny and cooler after the heavy thunderstorms of the night before. The forecast was for more stormy weather; the question was whether it would come during the day or later in the evening. The down side of a mostly outdoors activity is that one is affected by weather conditions.  Fortunately, the …