“You cannot surprise an individual more than twice with the same marvel”
Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi
But the Mississippi River offers three experiences and surprises that you will not find anywhere else.
Feel like an explorer.
When you travel along the Mississippi River you can dive deep into the feelings of the Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto who is credited with the European discovery of the Mississippi River in 1541.
Did you know that being scared is good for you? Think back to all the times you jumped and screamed when you watched a scary movie or read an extreme horror or thriller book. Your reactions provoke fear. Fear makes your brain burst with healthy chemical substances that excite your mood and fills you with feelings of euphoria. Dr. Margee Kerr, a sociologist who studies fear, says these powerful chemicals include endorphins and dopamine-natural compound in our bodies that create happiness
Fall is here. Did you anticipate the beauty that this season brings, the vivid colors, the pungent smells, and flavors? There’s something special with fall’s annual rituals: picking apples, selecting the perfect pumpkin, or sipping on warm cider in the stadiums. Even if you enjoyed hot summer of outdoor activities, don’t you long for the first fire, the first frost, the first home made apple pie and all those other wonderful delicious cool weather meals?
TRAVEL BACK IN TIME AND VISIT LOUISA MAY ALCOTT’S ORCHARD HOUSE
“I want to do something splendid…
Something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead…
I think I shall write books.” Louisa May Alcott
Yes, she fulfilled her goal. Did you know Little Women would never have been written if Louisa had taken the advice of another publisher, James T. Fields, “Stick to your teaching, you can’t write,” he told the would-be novelist and then loaned her $40 for classroom supplies. “Being willful,” Louisa recounts in her journal, she had a ready reply for Fields, “ I won’t teach, and I can write, and I’ll prove.”
Before your take a family vacation, you probably peruse a couple travel books and search the web for interesting details that you and family will like to know. You probably look for interesting details about the locale that will make your trip meaningful. To go deeper and find out more about a vacation destination, reading a novel about the location will open the doors to all your senses. You’ll get a creative view of a place from some of the greatest writers. Feel and see and the place you may visit with writers like Willa Cather John Steinbeck, and Mark Twain experienced interesting vacation locations.