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My Natchez Trace Walk Featured in We Proceeded On

Did I mention I love getting mail? I came home from a weekend trip with a mailbox full of cards from Dear Readers, and I’ve read each one several times. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I will respond directly.

Because I’m vain, I also like to get OTHER mail: The kind with surprise articles showcasing my 444-mile walk of the Natchez Trace.

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During Meriwether Lewis’ Birthday Month, I’m tickled to be featured in We Proceeded On, the quarterly magazine of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. I’m a member of LCTHF, but I had no idea they were featuring me on the third page of their quarterly this month.

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Thanks to editor Bob Clark at Washington State University Press for including me in this issue. I’m surprised you didn’t hear my squeal travel East to West.

The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation’s mission is:

As Keepers of the Story –

Stewards of the Trail, the Lewis and Clark

Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc.

provides national leadership in

maintaining the integrity of the Trail

and its story through stewardship,

scholarship, education, partnership

and cultural inclusiveness.

The Meriwether Lewis site on the Natchez Trace Parkway is part of the Lewis and Clark Trail, but the LCTHF supports Lewis and Clark sites all over the country. From their starting point on the Ohio River in Pennsylvania to Fort Clatsop on Oregon’s Pacific Coast, the LCTHF protects and preserves the Lewis and Clark Trail and its stories for future generations.

To join the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, or to support their work, follow this link: I Support LCTHF!

(An aside: This month’s We Proceeded On also features the first of multiple articles about the geology of the Columbia plateau. I must be a geek, because I can’t WAIT to read it.)




Answer to yesterday’s Meriwether Lewis Birthday Month Trivia Question: WHAT WAS MERRY’S ASTROLOGICAL SIGN?



To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis is just $2.99 on Kindle during August in celebration of Meriwether Lewis’ Birthday Month. Click below and GET READING!



To check out the entire Meriwether Lewis Birthday Month Series, follow the links below:

Lewis and Clark: Screwing Their Way Across a Continent
Lewis and Clark and Sex Bombs
Who Was Meriwether Lewis Godfather?
If Meriwether Lewis Had Lived to be 80
Lewis and Clark and Old Blue Eyes
The Lion Will Lie Down With the Lamb

40 Comments Post a comment
  1. Good for you…well deserved:)

    August 8, 2014
  2. Congratulations Andra!

    August 8, 2014
  3. Congratulations!
    He was a Leo? That explains it. Nods head sagely.

    August 8, 2014
  4. Awesome news!

    August 8, 2014
  5. Congrats. (no surprise)

    August 8, 2014
  6. Squee!! Yay Andra!!

    August 8, 2014
  7. michaelcarnell #

    Congratulations! That is great!

    Oh, and Global Warming. They watched the dying out of the last woolly mammoths. (Told you he was a Leo. Like me.)

    August 8, 2014
    • You know, your answer is partially correct. Not totally correct…………

      August 8, 2014
      • I am always correct. I may not be right, but I am correct. 😛

        August 8, 2014
  8. Yay! You never cease to amaze. In a good way, that is.

    August 8, 2014
  9. woo hoo!

    August 8, 2014
  10. Fantastico, Andra!! You are so the “it” girl! 🙂 I am having the red carpet shampooed just in time for your arrival in Amherst. Never had a celebrity in my home. xoxo

    August 8, 2014
  11. Pretty snazzy. And geology too!

    August 8, 2014
  12. Kir Piccini #

    He was a Leo. That makes sense. I’m an Aquarius (in the clouds) but I like thinking of him being strong minded.

    Congratulations on the article !!! You’re pretty spectacular my friend.

    August 8, 2014
  13. Oh that’s so exciting, Andra!!! Glad to see your walk highlighted.

    August 8, 2014
  14. Hallo, hallo Ms. Wakins! 🙂

    I am so happy to see your wicked adventure on the Trace being highlighted by a foundation that works so hard to not only preserve his legacy but like you, to re-ignite an interest in a man who many might not have known much about otherwise! I was always fond on frontier stories and reading through the adventures of taming the wilds of the wilderness — most of my enjoyment always stemmed out of the ‘walk’ and ‘physical’ connection everyone back then had to the natural world, and at times, how the natural world tested their will power, strength, and fortitude of spirit. Lewis & Clark are timeless – and so is your novel! Celebrating with you! 🙂

    August 8, 2014
  15. If you build (write) it, they will come (read)… Congratulations! And, darn it! stop sending us all these intriguing links!! 😀

    August 8, 2014
  16. Congratulations Andra, that’s pretty darn cool. 🙂

    August 8, 2014
  17. Yay!

    August 8, 2014
  18. I’m sure he heard it!

    I was going to say the Smith Tower in Seattle, but that may have come along a little after and probably not visible from the Columbia Plateau. You don’t mean the Gorge, right? There are lots of volcanoes in Washington in that area, so something to do with one of them?

    August 8, 2014
    • The indicated question does have something to do with volcanoes, yes. You and Carnell are both on the right track.

      August 8, 2014
  19. Another exciting tribute, dear Andra! Yea! and thanks for the interesting link, where I spent a considerable amount of time. 🙂

    August 8, 2014
  20. Since no one else has added a guess all day, I’m gonna suggest Grand Coulee…..

    I wish my interest in all of this had been sparked when I lived out in that neck of the woods. So many things along the Expedition’s path were more or less in my backyard for several years, and I never made the association. Not to say I didn’t appreciate all the wonders when I saw them, but I might have looked at some things more closely. 🙂

    August 8, 2014
  21. Lance #

    great for you…congrats

    August 10, 2014
  22. We’re sending a big congratulations your way, Andra! How cool! On a side note if you want to continue your geology geek studies of the Columbia Plateau/Mid-Columbia Basin area let me know and I’ll introduce you to some members of the Ice Age Floods Institute, it’s a fascinating topic. During my Uncle’s term as president he spoke to a congressional subcommittee as part of the “Ice Age Floods National Geologic Route Designation Act of 2006”. 🙂

    August 10, 2014
  23. How exciting to find yourself featured. I have no doubt that the L & C Heritge Foundation must be thrilled to pieces with you. Your historic walk has energized generalized interest in the duo, with of course, so many of us now finding specific interesting in ML. I’m delighted for the additional personal recognition and author spotlight. I just checked and California has a L & C Heritage Foundation Chapter and I’m definitely going to join. I belong to several historical societies but have never had this one even referenced and I really feel connected to their purpose because of you and your work. Cheers!

    August 11, 2014

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