Last month, I braved the heat of Texas and spent a few days in San Antonio. I
stayed in a historic hotel right next to the Alamo, strolled the Riverwalk to
find an out of the way restaurant, and took in the sights and sounds of a place
Iâ€™d never been before. I didnâ€™t want to pack up my bags and come home.
I love finding new places to visit. But sometimes, the travel bug is biting, but
the day job and my budget isnâ€™t cooperating. Whatâ€™s a girl with itchy feet to do
Pull up the chamber of commerce website for your home town and towns within
driving distance and find someplace you havenâ€™t been. Iâ€™m lucky that I live in a
small historic river town. There are lots of places I havenâ€™t made it too, even
though weâ€™ve lived here over five years. Like the brand new river museum.
When my son visited last fall, we took a trip to the Cahokia Mounds where an
early American tribe lived before they disappeared into history. Reminds you of
the Roanoke villagers, doesnâ€™t it? The site has a great museum that highlights
the day to day life of these early residents. At the edge of the park, Monks
Mound has a stairway to the top thatâ€™s worthy of any cardio workout.
Another day we went to a small river tourist town down the road. We bought fudge
at the gift store, browsed through the small used book store, visited several
antique shops, and finally, had lunch at the marina on the deck overlooking the
boat dock. Fifteen minutes away from my house, and it felt like we were in
If I get bored with history, I can go into St. Louis for some culture. Or a
haunted house made into a restaurant. Or a spin up to the top of the arch. Or a
Lots of opportunities.
When Greg asks Jill to play tourist with him at The Castle in MISSION TO MURDER, he had
another agenda. He was there to look for clues. Jill, being an investigation
junkie, was more than willing to play along. Especially if it helps clear her
name off the suspect list.
Whatâ€™s your favorite place to visit thatâ€™s close to home? Do you make a day of
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