Two Lane Gems, Vol. 1
Two Lane Gems is a love letter to America. It's a collection of stories and vignettes, inspiration and information, designed to showcase the beauty of this country. It's taking the exit and entering a world of pride and change and survival. It's a tale of kindness and indomitable spirit.
It's also a dream come true.
Ever since I was a little girl I've wanted to travel the country and tell its stories in prose and photos. I'm making that dream a reality with an epic road trip covering nearly 6,500+ miles from Elgin, IL, to San Diego, CA, and back. My (amazingly supportive) husband and I left the Chicago area February 17 and returned on March 19, and along the way we collected stories, experiencing as many places as possible, and captured it all in words and images.
Now that we've returned the real work begins. I'm taking all of those experiences and sharing the stories here and - here comes the big dream - I'm writing a book about the journey. This culmination will showcase the people we've met and the places we've seen.
You can see bits and pieces of what the finished product will be on this website. Hopefully, that will inspire you to sign up to be the first notified when "Two Lane Gems, Vol. 1" is available.
Things you'll learn about when you read Two Lane Gems, Vol. 1:
*the most important archaeological site in North America
*a town with no right angles
*saving wild cats from stupid people
*how bison from Texas ended up in Oklahoma by way of New York
*turkeys are jerks
*why Albuquerque is called Duke City
*what it's like to talk to a World War II vet
*riding a vintage train with a singing engineer
*what's a schneck
*why you should always talk to the locals
*how to grow a date
*not getting blown up by unexploded ordnance
*a love story at a motel (not *that* kind of love story)
*why a high school is filled with criminals
*how a children's book became the center of the world
Thanks for your support, and I hope you enjoy these Two Lane Gems!