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.

It’s hard to quantify why I want to tell his story differently and why I care so much. Certain people get into your heart and soul. Why else would this place inspire me?

I took that inspiration and poured it into a book to share with the world, and I work hard to share it. This sharing – and inspiring – is my job.

What people think my job is like: “Wow, you’re traveling again? It looks so glamorous! You must enjoy these vacations!”

What my job is REALLY like:

  1. Drive almost 4 hours to northern WI for an event;
  2. Change clothes in a tiny bathroom at the venue;
  3. Inhale a milkshake for dinner;
  4. Set up my presentation;
  5. Give my program TO A FULL HOUSE WHO BOUGHT EVERYTHINGEVERYTHINGEVERYTHING;
  6. Listen to stories until the last person leaves;
  7. Tear down and load;
  8. Drive through a tornado watch for two hours;
  9. Fall into bed near midnight;
  10. Get up at 5am to be at a 7am appearance;
  11. REPEAT ALL DAY.

Before anyone says I sound like I’m complaining, I LOVE MY JOB. Yes, it’s hard. But every time I open my inbox and find another memory someone made because of Dad and me, or I listen to another person tell me the memory they’re making because of us, I KNOW I’M DOING WHAT MATTERS. I don’t make much money. I’m wearing myself out and flinging myself into walls and hearing “no” more than anyone can possibly imagine, but I’m giving all that two middle fingers and charging forward.

If you’ve read one or all of my books, thank you.
If you’ve encouraged others to read them, THANK YOU.
If you’ve requested them at your local library, a sloppy kiss for you.
If you’ve told someone to invite me to speak, thank you even more.

Now I’m off to Oshkosh. Hope I don’t have to drive through a tornado to tell our story!!

You can read more about what Merry gave me. I’m honored to be the person that wrote a story for him. I’d be even more honored if you would read 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. To Live Forever is available everywhere now!

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prettiest

Reviewers of Not Without My Father actually complain that I missed some of the prettiest spots on the Natchez Trace. Because walking more than a half marathon every day for a month leaves PLENTY of time for detours.

SERIOUSLY, THOSE WHINERS SHOULD TRY IT. I DARE THEM TO WALK FIFTEEN MILES A DAY AND GIVE CHIPPER SIGHTSEEING TOURS.

I recently spent a couple of weeks along the Trace, and I tried to cater to these whiners, I mean, do some tourist videos highlighting great spots along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

In this video I show you why I didn’t stop and visit the points of interest while I was in the middle of my 444 mile walk with 30,000 steps a day.

Want to learn more about why I walked and who helped me along the way?  Not Without My Father is available NOW. Amazon/Nook/iTunes/Kobo/Audible.

A driven daughter. A gassy, nightmare father. Can they finish an epic walk of an ancient highway before they kill each other? If you like Bill Bryson, Cheryl Strayed and Elizabeth Gilbert, then you’ll love Andra Watkins’ New York Times bestselling memoir. 

walking the Natchez Trace

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