lately googling

We can all relate to finding unpleasant surprises when Googling ourselves, right? I mean, who hasn’t stumbled across unflattering pictures, scathing reviews, and their books classified in the p0rn section?

Anyone? Hello?

Okay, maybe I’m the only soul with these problems.

But I found an interesting recommendation while Googling the Korean version of my memoir.

Way back in 2015, rabid Lewis and Clark fans read two of my books. Read what they said below.

Book(s) Recommendation
from Jerry Wilson Ohio Chapter
Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation

We all read the recent book review of NOT WITHOUT MY FATHER: ONE WOMAN’S 444-MILE WALK OF THE NATCHEZ TRACE by author Andra Watkins. The book review appeared in the May 4 2015 WPO and was written by Editor Robert Clark. I completely agree with Mr. Clark.

I recommend Not Without My Father for everyone’s Corps of Discovery bookshelf.

Janice and I have been traveling the Natchez Trace Parkway biannually for the past several years (since our retirements). We always stop at Grinders’ Stand to pay honor to Meriwether Lewis. After reading Ms. Watkins’ book, I decided to imagine for myself what it would have been like to walk the entire 444 mile trip from Natchez to Nashville. It takes us two overnights to drive. There is no way I can walk it. Well, needless to say Ms. Watkins (and her father and mother and husband and many supporters) is to be commended for her feat.

I would also like to mention Ms. Watkins’ other book. The title of that book is TO LIVE FOREVER: AN AFTERLIFE JOURNEY OF MERIWETHER LEWIS. Like many of our chapter members, I try to read any and all books that have Lewis and Clark or Corps of Discovery (or Thomas Jefferson) in the title. Unlike her other book, this book is historical fiction. I realize we need to be careful with such books, but it is fun (and to me thought provoking) to read occasional novels.

Thus, I would like to recommend both books to our Ohio River Chapter members. Maybe by reading one or both books you may develop an additional interest in the Natchez Trace.

CLICK HERE to buy To Live Forever and Not Without My Father.

Every time I visit the Tennessee Trace, I say hi to Meriwether Lewis. At milepost 386.9 along the Natchez Trace Parkway,

You can find Merry Lewis, too.

Visit the reconstruction of the stand where Merry died. Pay your respects at his grave. Walk on the Old Natchez Trace. Hike through the woods for miles. Have a picnic. Use a real toilet. Say hi to the ranger. Follow the interpretive trail. Take note of the fangirl gifts. (I last left a clove of garlic.)

Read about a birthday wish that Meriwether Lewis gave to me and read the whole story I wrote about him in To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis.

A desperate explorer. A little girl in danger. Can they beat their mutual enemy before it’s too late? If you like thrilling action, compelling characters and rollicking adventure, then you’ll love the 2nd book in New York Times bestselling author Andra Watkins’ Nowhere series.


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memories are moments of consequence

Memories are moments of consequence. – Unknown

In 2005, Alice Guess agreed to visit the Columbia Gorge with me. It was my first trip to the land of Lewis and Clark, my first sighting of their final waterway to another sea. We got wet at Multnomah Falls on the Oregon side, and we entered Washington via the Bridge of the Gods. At a random interpretive center, we chanted ‘MAGMA’ through a 1970s movie about the Gorge’s formation, and we shared a cabin, its charm a worn patina.

I never knew I’d write about Meriwether Lewis. I was focused on making memories with my friend.

On a recent visit to the Pacific Northwest, I retraced our steps, stayed in the same cabin, and gawked at timeless scenery. Cheryl Strayed made the Bridge of the Gods famous, but I never knew its ancient provenance.

For hundreds of years, Native Americans ambled across a land bridge in that very spot, a place they called the Bridge of the Gods. When flooding erased the crossing, modern man constructed a bridge and commandeered the ancient name. A drive between its steel girders is akin to time travel. I can almost hear the footsteps of the multitudes who crossed there.

I know I glimpsed a younger version of Alice and me, cackling the word ‘MAGMA’ over and over again through a few moments of consequence. My first trip to Columbia Gorge altered my life’s trajectory. My recent visit confirmed its path. Like Meriwether Lewis, I may not discover an unfettered path to where I’m headed, but I know I’ll get there anyway. We draw from our moments of consequence to bolster our spirits, to stay the course, to find the strength to believe again.


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