Step It Up ~ Life is a Journey!

2016 Celebration


Spotlight on the Music ~ and the River ~ Week 7

“Whether you’re coming for Elvis, blues, gospel, rock, R&B or soul, Memphis is truly the birthplace of American music.” Established in 2000, the Memphis Rock n Soul Museum has had over 200,000 visitor coming from all over the world and is designated as  one of the city’s most outstanding museums.

After having some time to visit the sites in Memphis, everyone has boarded the Queen of the Mississippi riverboat. For your river cruise enjoyment, here is a virtual tour of this fabulous riverboat.

Our next destination is the beautiful and awe inspiring landmark of
St. Louis-the Gateway Arch. This is the world’s tallest arch, rising to a total of 680 feet. This link will give you A Peek Over the Edge” of the Arch.

On April 11th, 2016 we will reach our final destination on our virtual walk~ Wisconsin ~ “There’s no place like home.”

Spotlight on Ozark Heritage ~ Week 6

Mountain View, Arkansas
Ozark Folk Center Sign
“This is America’s only facility that works to share the heritage and way of life of the Ozark Mountain people. The mission of Ozark Folk Center State Park is to perpetuate, present and promote the Ozark way of life in an educational and enjoyable manner; through craft demonstrations, musical programs, the Heritage Herb Garden, workshops and other special events.”
Qzark Folk Center
“The Ozark Folk Center State Park is home to more than 20 craft artisans. Each artisan has their own climate controlled workshop in the Craft Village where they create, demonstrate, teach and sell their handmade items.”
Crafts Village Map
“The Skillet Restaurant at the Ozark Folk Center State Park is nestled atop a wooded Ozark hill. While taking in this natural scenery outside, enjoy the tasty Southern country menu…”  Here is the Easter Sunday @ the Skillet menu! Enjoy!

Now, on to Week 7
Our next destination ~ the heart of rock ‘n soul ~ it’s the beat!
Arkansas to TN

Spotlight on Hot Springs ~ it’s the water ~ Week 5

Hot Springs, Arkansas is famously known for its historic Bathhouse Row.
Between 1911 and 1923 eight bathhouses were built providing visitors with hot mineral baths, massages and other relaxing amenities.
Visitor Center
This is the Fordyce Bathhouse Museum and Hot Springs National Park Visitor Center.

The Buckstaff Bathhouse has been giving continuous service since 1912. Their current select feature is a whirlpool mineral bath.

Mountain Valley Water
Mountain Valley Spring Water has been in operation since 1871 bottling mineral water that has appealed to many over the years. They protect the 2,000 acres of forest land where the source of their spring water exits and thus their watershed by prohibiting human activities throughout that area.

Now, on to Week 6
Our next destination ~ the heart and soul of folk traditions
Hot Springs to Mountain View AR

Spotlight on Numa~and more…   ~ Week 4
University of Arkansas

What’s in a name?
This university has a unique history.
Established in 1928 with a grand total of 34 students, it was known as Fort Smith Junior College. Throughout the years this institution grew and had the following changes to its identity: Westark Junior College (1966) / Westark Community College (1972) / Westark College (1998) and has joined the University of Arkansas System in 2002 as the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.
They now have an enrollment of more than 7,000 students each semester.
The university is located on 168 acres with an award winning, nationally recognized arboretum.
Click this link for their 360 degree campus tours.

NamuThis bronze statue is of their notable mascot, Numa!

Now, on to Week 5
Next destination ~ you could say ~ aaahhhh~ ~
Hot Springs AR

Spotlight on Entertainment ~ Week 3

Branson, Missouri gets 5 stars for entertainment!  This is what Dolly Parton has to say about her Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction,
“You and your family will enjoy the friendly competition, beautiful horses, fancy riding, romantic costumes and delicious feast with the finest, freshest ingredients.
I guarantee that my Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction is the most fun place to eat!”
Just watching this short highlight video makes you feel like you are a part of the fun!
Polly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction

Now, on to Week 4
Our next destination is Fort Smith, Arkansas  ~   Do you hear the lion’s roar?
Branson to Ft. Smith

Spotlight on the Forest ~ Week 2
Mark Twain National Forest

A kayaker on the St. Francis River at Silver Mines Recreation Area in the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri.

“Missouri’s only National Forest, Mark Twain, encompasses roughly 1.5 million acres, mostly within the Ozark Highlands. The Forest is characterized by large permanent springs, caves, rocky barren glades, old volcanic mountains and nationally-recognized streams. It has a wide variety of trails covering 742 miles.”

Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
Mark Twain

Now, on to Week 3
Our next destination is Branson, Missouri. On with the show~this is it!
Branson map

Spotlight on St. Louis ~ Week 1Shrine sign
Shrine photos

Let’s take a look at our first destination.

Weddings at the Shrine of St. Joseph
“With its spectacular murals and statues, stately columns and rich Catholic symbols, the Shrine of St. Joseph is a popular location for a Catholic wedding.

St. Joseph and the Christ Child
” St. Joseph is strongly exemplified in this striking sculpture, with the child Jesus during his teaching years.”

Now, onto Week 2
Our next destination will bring us into the Mark Twain National Forest.
Here’s the map!

St. Louis to Mark Twain National Forest

It’s Not Just a Walk, It’s an Adventure!

We have landed!   Now is the time to grab your walking gear and take off!
Having a virtual flight to Springfield, Illinois on our first day has given us the chance to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. We will be able to view historical life-size dioramas and the original hand written Gettysburg Address, a signed Emancipation Proclamation along with other thought provoking exhibits.

SpringfieldHere are our walking maps. Our first week’s destination is St. Louis, Missouri.Airport to Museum

Springfield to St. Louis


See you in St. Louie!























Life is a Journey Poster

On Monday, February 15th, 2016 we will trek out towards our virtual adventure across the Ozarks.
This is a 7-week event where we will arrive in Memphis, Tennessee on April 3rd, 2016.
Each week we will have an exclusive destination which will emphasize one or more aspects of the Seven Dimensions of Wellness.

Everyone who made the trip can then kick back, pick out your favorite deck chair and ~ aahhh ~ relax! Join us at our Mississippi Steamboat celebration later that week!

You can register here.  If needed, here is an activity conversion chart. Detailed information about our trek can be found here.

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air of your imagination.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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