I know I haven’t been communicating much since the world has been on “pause,” as I call it. The main reason, is we all have had enough to be concerned with, with the COVID-19 pandemic going on. I pray you are safe and healthy.
Fortunately while traveling about from Nevada, holidays with family in California, trade shows in Arizona, through New Mexico and now Texas…I was at my cousins house visiting when this all first started. My cousin, Rhonda, has a bit of land around her home, in Central Texas, and has graciously allowed me to plug in our RV to stay here during these strange times. She has been a great host, and we have had fun reminiscing of our youth through photos and my research of our family on Ancestors.
All of the Texas State Parks closed when I was about to leave here and start moving toward Canton, Texas. (I had my eye on a couple of beautiful places to camp!) I have been planning on visiting Canton to check out “First Monday’s” a very large market place that has about 100,000 attendees every month for four days. (For the first time in 170 years of being open EVERY month, it closed due to the pandemic.) My thoughts are that if it is a good fit I will put up a shop and see how it goes with my Western Artwork, Books and Southwestern products. Also, I have another cousin near there, Tammy, who has offered to let me plug in at her house as well…but before I left to go there, the State shut everything down. I have had to stay put.
As I have been sitting here, I have been working on the books a bit, my family’s genealogy, and learning new skills on how to work with water color pencils and more. My latest is this rendition of Rider.
Rider PortraitSteps to complete Rider's Portrait; Photo, sketch, water color pencils, water added, and prisma color pencils for details.
We haven’t been advertising our recently published book of “Rider on the Pony Express Trail, Volume 2” as we have wanted to be safe as possible, and not add any chances of spread to you and your family through a printed book. BUT, as of last week, the Ebook is now available on Kindle! You can now order it, download it, and not be concerned with the spread of any illnesses. Though, hopefully soon, we won’t need to concern ourselves with that, with summer coming on and the virus be gone!
Today, you can order Rider on the Pony Express, Volume 1 (if you haven’t read it yet) at a new DISCOUNTED PRICE of $5.99 on Kindle! (5 Star reviews). Click the photo below to order your copy now!
The adventure continues with our latest volume in the series, Volume 2! It is now at a great price as well of only, $9.99! Click the photo below to order now! Thank you!
Since we have all been sheltered-in-place for so many weeks, we hope that you will enjoy getting to travel with us on our journey’s in these two full color photo journal books!!
Stay safe and be well my friends!
May God bless and protect you and yours.
Love, Carla and Rider (woof!)
Howdy! Thank you for choosing to follow along with us!
In order to catch you up to speed, if you are just joining in, I want to let you know about my personal project. My faithful companion, Rider (a gorgeous Australian Cattle Dog) and I, have been traveling on an Adventure, for a few years now… following the Central Overland Pony Express Trail.
Carla and Rider at Round FortRound Fort is between Ibapah and Callao Utah. It is also called Canyon Station. The Pony Express Canyon Station was further West of here though... This rock fortress was built the year after the Pony Express had ended.
Currently we are working on a Photo Journal, that will be an Ebook, with our personal experiences on the road. I started this journey, due to a visit to Fort Churchill, with my family in 2014. I read how it was built to protect the Pony Express Riders and the California Emigrant Trail. I have always been fascinated with the old West, and that of course included the Pony. On that day, surprised to find such a fortress still standing, I wanted to know if there were more! The photos I have captured, of these gems in the desert, will be in a Photo Book/Coffee Table Book. There will also be some History of the Stations, Station Keepers, Hostlers and the Riders.
Very naively I started this journey with the thought that the Pony Express "Auto Route" would drive me conveniently near all the ruins... Well, that was silly, and now I know better!
Please continue to "Ride Shotgun in Spirit" with us as we visit Historical Places along the route, and visit many Museums that house Archives of the daring young, and some not so young, Riders of the Infamous Pony Express!
Occasional we will also share with you many of the other sights seen along the way while traveling through California, Nevada and Utah.
We have decided to stop the book and journey for the time being at Salt Lake City, UT for a couple of reasons;
There are 3 more Divisions from Salt Lake City to St. Joseph Missouri. Lord Willing, we will make a book Two!
We are so blessed to have YOU to share this Journey with us.