On the Road with Michael – Home Again

This is the final entry in my series about my time with Michael Wallis on the Midwest leg of his book tour for, "The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny".  If you've missed any previous installment, here they are: Springfield MO & KC Kansas City KC to Columbia … Continue reading On the Road with Michael – Home Again

On the Road with Michael – The Best Land Under Heaven

(other installments of this series here) Tuesday, the final full day of my journey with Michael Wallis.  We got off to an early start since we had a drive to Illinois first thing.  Before we even left St Louis, though, Michael had a live interview with the Sam Madonia morning radio show in Springfield.  The … Continue reading On the Road with Michael – The Best Land Under Heaven

On the Road with Michael – St Louis III

Our last day in St Louis served as a bridge between the Route 66 world that Michael Wallis is so associated with and the western history that serves as the backbone of his literary output.  It included a literal bridge, too, as it happens. During the downtime I had on Sunday, I'd made a startling … Continue reading On the Road with Michael – St Louis III

Through the Prairie State (Saturday, Part II)

I never feel like I have enough time when I'm visiting somewhere, even if I've been there dozens of times.  I definitely felt that way in Chicago, especially considering it was Samantha's first time.  Alas, the drive home would take a lot of time and I didn't fancy driving all 11 hours straight home in a … Continue reading Through the Prairie State (Saturday, Part II)

Breakdown in the City of Broad Shoulders (Saturday, Part I)

Saturday morning was very relaxing.  After waking up without an alarm (still early, but, out of pure excitement instead of necessity) Sam and I both took our time getting ready for the day.  My buddy Scott (our host) lives in the suburb of Oak Park; his neighborhood is full of old trees and well-kept homes. The … Continue reading Breakdown in the City of Broad Shoulders (Saturday, Part I)