Friday, January 25, 2013

South Bound

Legends' Mobile Motel
We're getting ready for our annual extended winter trip. This year we are headed to Mississippi, Louisiana, with just a little slice of southeast Texas. Many of you on our Facebook FanPage indicated that you would like to see our itinerary and, as we travel, to provide our impressions and reviews of the places that we visit.

This blog is the place for both. Legends of America is our fact and information website, while Legends' Blog is where we post information as we travel, updates for our readers, and any personal thoughts. When we're on the road, most nights we will review our photos and the information on the places that we've visited, then begin to share it with you here. While we have not always, in the past, provided our first impression and reviews, we will begin to do so on this trip.

So, you see everything on the blog first, sometimes months before it ever appears on  Legends of America. Those tales often take a lot of research and tend to take off on many other paths.
Planned Route
Plans are to leave sometime next week. We've got to ensure that all is good with the "mobile motel" and also tie up some loose ends on the business side. We plan to take two days to get to Mississippi, over-nighting at a campground in southeast Missouri. Our first destination is Corinth. From there, we head across the Magnolia State via the Natchez Trace  then to New Orleans, southern Louisiana, and a small slice of southeast Texas before heading north and making our way home via Arkansas

That's all assuming that the weather cooperates. Dave, the resident weatherman in the family, is saying that while Mississippi and Louisiana had higher than average temperatures for January, there is an expected change in the gulf stream for the month of February, making it colder than average. Depending on how cold it gets and other weather conditions, such as rain, ice or snow, it would not be unlike us to abandon plans on a few hours notice and head in another direction. But, until and if, here are the plans for the trip.

When we travel for weeks at a time, we operate on what we call a "hub and spoke" schedule. That means, we find a campground, drop the travel trailer, and make day trips to surrounding areas for several days. The schedule is aggressive -- I load it up in order not to miss anything; but, depending on how time goes, can't guarantee we will make every stop.

Battle of Corinth
Corinth, Mississippi Area:
Natchez Trace
Jackson, Mississippi Area:
Ruins of Windsor
Natchez, Mississippi Area
Tchefuncte River Light House
Southeast Louisiana:
Mississippi Coast Line
Mississippi/Louisiana Coast:
Lafayette, Louisiana Area:

Sabine Pass Battleground
Southwest Lousiana and Southeast Texas:
Central Louisiana:
Natchitoches, LA and East Texas:
Nacogdoches, Texas Area:
The remainder of route will be determined by time available. Choices are to continue through Texas for a family visit near Sherman, checking out several ghost towns along the way, and heading northeast Arkansas through Little Rock and Scenic 7 Byway to Missouri . Alternatively, we'll skip the rest of Texas and head home -- hopefully along the same Arkansas route. 

Whew!!! I'm tired just writing all this down. It's gonna be a whirlwind trip - estimating about 6 weeks. If I've missed important historical sites and you're familiar with the area, please let me know.

Otherwise, we'll "see" ya on the road.

Kathy Weiser-Alexander
Owner/Founder, Legends of America

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Change In Name for Our Store

Just a quick house keeping note.  As we move into our 10th year on the world wide web, we have decided it's time to further streamline our overall brand.

Kathy started the "Rocky Mountain General Store" in 1998 as a booth in an antique mall near Warsaw, Mo. In 2003, when Kathy started Legends Of America, she began using the Rocky Mountain General Store as a way to support her hobby. Today, all of our products have moved "On Line", and are the primary funding source for Legends Of America's travels, free news letter, and thousands of pages on American History.

In 2013 we are further incorporating the Rocky Mountain General Store into our primary business, renaming it simply Legends' General Store.

As we always, we continue to offer a variety of history and travel related products, in addition to many other items, and the change is in branding/name only.  You will continue to see the highest level of customer service and quality products you've come to expect from our small business.

Our primary categories of products remain

Our Old West Merchandise

Our Native American Products

Our Route 66 Products 

In addition we have added Outdoor, Sports and Travel and Gift Ideas for additional ease in browsing our store.

For more about Legends' General Store, and our other offerings, see About Us in the store. And stay connected with specials and featured products by liking our stores Facebook page.

Dave Alexander (Owner-Operations Manager)
Kathy Weiser-Alexander (Owner/Founder)
Legends Of America