Wednesday, May 19, 2010


The PowWow is America's largest travel conference held annually
in different U.S. destinations.  The conference is aimed at
promoting America's travel destinations to International and
Domestic buyers. 
Official Numbers:
5,000+ overall delegates attended
5% increase from 2009
1,000+ U.S. travel organizations represented
1,100 International and Domestic buyers attended
Buyers from 70 countries
70,000 pre-scheduled business appointments
400 International and 50 Domestic Journalists
Kevin and Sue have attended this conference for 8 years
and have made contacts with over 100 destination/state
tourism providers.  Some of the appointments were
with:  TSA Secure Flight, Grand Canyon Railway,
American Airlines, Delta Airlines, North Carolina,
Los Angeles, Memphis TN, Wyoming, San Antonio,
Virginia Beach, Hilton Head, Jacksonville FL,
West Virginia (Greenbrier), The Breakers (Palm Beach),
Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, Anchorage Al, Anaheim CA,
Haiyi Hotels Worldwide, Rosen Hotels and Resorts,
Simmons Family Waterfront Restaurants SF,
Kimpton and Intercontinental Hotels Worldwide,
Kennedy Space Center, Las Vegas Premier Shopping,
Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort.

These are just a few of the interviews we'll have
coming up this year after attending PowWow.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Historic Selma

We had lunch at the historic St. James Hotel, Jesse James
and his brother Frank stayed there when in town for a wedding.
Live Oak Cemetery re-enactment and march to the battlefield.
Back in Montgomery we drove along the Civil Rights Trail
and saw the history connected with Rosa Parks and
Martin Luther King.

Battle of Selma, AL

Sue went on a trip to Alabama while Kevin went west
to Wildcatter Ranch and Resort.  While in Alabama
I visited historic Selma for the 145th anniversary of the
Battle of Selma.  I met an interesting re-enactor,
1st Sgt. Henry Howard., Medical Orderly for the
31st Alabama Infantry Regimental Field Hospital.
I was told that it wasn't a civil war battle,
it was a battle of the Northern Aggression.
The re-enactors started at the beautiful moss-laden
Live Oak Cemetery where many notables are buried
even a Vice President of the U.S.


The Spring Art Show in St. Charles, MO was held at the
Foundry Art Center.  Artists had temporarily set up their
art and the  upstairs lofts where the permanent artists
also were exhibiting.  The center can be used for
many functions.

St Charles Tartan Days

Mark your calendar next year to visit St. Charles, MO
(our hometown) for the Tartan Festival.  You'll see displays
of swordmaking, the sheep dog chasing the sheep, booths,
music and food.  Take a carriage ride up the old brick streets
and enjoy the ride.


I am a guest on Fox News Channel 2 in St. Louis, MO
as their "TRAVEL EXPERT".  Recently I was asked to
be on the Tim Ezell Morning Show and talk about Ryan
Air's wanting to charge $1.40 to use the toilet on the plane.
Since Tim likes to have fun on the show I was prepared
with a roll of toilet paper and a Qt. size zip lock bag in
case Ryan Air decides to do this.  I reminded Tim that
you still couldn't go over 3 oz. in the zip lock bag though.
Thank goodness the airlines aren't currently planning on
adding this feature.

St. Joseph, MO Trip

When you go to St. Joseph, MO a must see is the
Patee House Museum and Jesse James Home.  The
Museum was the starting point for the Pony Express
and it has been told the horse and rider actually rode
right inside the hotel.  There is a carousel for the young
and old to ride, yes Sue did ride the rhino.  Stop by the
Pony Express Museum for a tour through history and
learn all about how and why it got started.

Pony Express Trail

The Pony Express Trail started in St. Joseph, MO
and ended in Sacremento.

Remington Nature Center

On a recent trip to St. Joseph, MO, Kevin and I visited the
Remington Nature Center.  This is a great place to take the
family if you are looking for a day trip or weekend trip.  You'll
discover what North American Indians lived in the area, how
they lived day-by-day, learn about their culture and see the
collection of artifacts.  The artifacts room contains over
1,000 arrowheads, blades and tools.  Take a hike along
the Missouri riverbanks, view the nearby Loess Hills Bluffs,
identify plants, wildflowers, birds and butterflies. 
Stop by the animal tracks display where by the push of a
button you can see a variety of animal tracks appear and
disappear in the sand.
Although it is hard to believe people walk right the life-sized
Wooly Mammoth and baby it is true.  When you enter the
front entrance be sure to look is hard to miss!
"Where nature and history collide."  or 816-271-5499 for info

Monday, May 3, 2010

Continental and United Merger

Continental and United Airlines announced their merger
today, to find out more about what this means to you