Our Rig at Jojoba Hills (yes, that's
snow) ------ Some Local Jojoba Flowers
At the Jojoba Hills SKP Resort Annual Meeting
on February 5, 2004, my three year term on the Board of Directors
ended. Phase III of my life was over. Once again I had the chance
to really retire. Alice and I were presented with the chance to
get back into travel mode.
This page begins the story of Phase IV, a trip
to the central and eastern United States planned to last at least
eleven months. The driving force for this trip is a book tour
to market Memphis 7.9 and the subsequent books of The
In addition to visiting some relatives and
doing book signings and talking on radio along the way, I made
arrangements to attend five major conferences and bookfairs.
Our first scheduled stop is the MidSouthCon
22, a Science Fiction Conference in Memphis on March 26 where
Memphis 7.9 is a finalist for the 2004 Darrell
Award for Best Science Fiction featuring the Memphis area.
Next stop is the Book
Expo America in Chicago on June 4. From there we travel to
Washington, DC to visit our son David and his family and attend
the World Future Society 2004
Meeting July 31 where I am submitting a paper entitled "A
7.9 Magnitude Earthquake in the Central USA: A Truly Catastrophic
Disaster." We head north to check out New England and then
land in Boston on September 2 for the 62nd
World Science Fiction Con. Next we drift south, hopefully
following some of the fall colors. Along the way we plan to go
by The National
Earthquake Conference in St. Louis the end of September and
Festival for Books in Memphis the second week in October.
We are supposed to arrive in Miami by November 7 for the Miami
International Book Fair.
On the way to Miami we plan to stop over in
Orlando and inquire about a temporary job at DisneyWorld
for the last part of November and all of December. We plan to
head back west shortly after New Years and join the SKP Boomers
in Quartzsite before returning to Jojoba Hills SKP Resort the
first week in February, 2005.
You are invited to read our detailed travelogue
of our Magical Book Tour trip. Each month is a separate page.
Each landing site is identified by a Log Date entry like the one
Log Date: +2167: 040309: 31N25': 103W32':
2,600': near Pecos, TX
The first number is the number of days since
we started retirement. The second number is the date (yymmdd).
This is followed by the latitude and longitude of our camp site
so we can find our way back some day. Then you find the elevation,
most useful in the mountains, and finally the name of the location.
Our story begins in February,
a month for getting ready. We thought we would leave well before
the end of the month, but the Fates intervened and we did not
leave until March. We reached Memphis
on March 24 and stayed for two weeks, into April.
After a successful visit we headed north to St. Louis and then
back into Tennessee.
We began May in
Tennessee and then worked our way through Oklahoma and Kansas
on the way to Chicago for Book Expo America. In June
we attended the PMA (Publisher's Marketing Association) "University"
and BEA, then headed down to see the eastern half of Tennessee.
By the middle of July we are due in Washington, DC.
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