Trek Travel Luxury Bike Tour comes to Missouri Wine Country

We all know that few places in the U.S. can top our home state for gorgeous weather in the spring and fall — and many of us have friends who plan their vacations around cycling across America and in Europe.  Let’s be matchmakers and put them together!

As part of our ongoing efforts to connect the St. Louis area with Missouri River Country, Magnificent Missouri and the Katy Land Trust have partnered with one of the world’s leading active travel organizations, Trek Travel, for a spectacular trip this fall.

Trek Travel is known for combining luxury travel with one-of-a-kind bicycling adventures.  Current offerings include Bordeaux, Napa Valley, Blackberry Farm – and now we are on the list!

The trip is structured to appeal to riders of all levels.  Trek Travel takes care of every detail, including providing high-end Trek bicycles and world-class cycling guides.  We hope that this luxury trip is the first of many to showcase the highlights of St. Louis and the Missouri River valley.

So, right now, please share on Facebook, tweet, look at your Christmas card list, check your “Rolodex” and let your friends and business associates around the country – and the world – know about this trip.   Trek Travel will give them an opportunity to experience the best of St. Louis and Missouri.

See details and an itinerary here.

First Lady Georganne Nixon on “Growing Up with the River”

First Lady Georganne Nixon comments on
“Growing Up with the River: Nine Generations on the Missouri”

The Burkhardts know that Jay and I love the Missouri River.  The Governor’s mansion overlooks the Big Muddy, we canoe and kayak on the river, and we explore all along the Katy Trail and the river valley.  We ride our bikes to visit the giant bur oak near the Katy Trail in McBaine, so Dan and Connie sent us a copy of Growing Up with the River.   It is a treasure!  The stories make the history so alive and accessible.  I know that the book will inspire the children of Missouri and their families to get outside and experience more of our beautiful state!

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First Lady, State of Missouri

Philip Slein Gallery

Book Signing for “Growing Up with the River” at the Philip Slein Gallery 11/3/16

Philip Slein is an artist, a collector, and a gallery owner in the Central West End. He has been an admirer of the Missouri River, its valleys, and bluffs for decades and Dan asked him to contribute some comments for the cover of “Growing Up with the River”.

Philip Slein commented,

My introduction to the incredible beauty of the Missouri River valley was as a student at the university of Missouri where I met landscape painter Frank Stack. I bought one of his sun-fills soil paintings of the river and that began my years painting in this majestic valley. I credit this introduction with my life-long appreciation of our namesake river.

Just after the book was published, Phil hosted a reception and book signing at the Philip Slein Gallery which included all of Bryan Haynes’s original paintings as well as some sketches.

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Presentation and Book Signing at the St. Louis County Library

Presentation and Book Signing for “Growing Up with the River” at the St. Louis County Library 10/19/16

On October 19, a stormy night didn’t deter 70+ friends of St. Louis County Library from participating in a presentation and book signing by Dan, Connie, and Bryan.

Bonus:  A raffle for a bur oak tree — one of the main characters in “Growing Up with the River” — made the winner very happy (thanks to a generous donation from Forest ReLeaf)!

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Highlights from Peers-to-Treloar!

Feedback on the Fun: Peers-to-Treloar Highlights

Here is a wonderful article written by Cindy Gladden for the Warren County Record containing some highlights of the Peers-to-Treloar party.

We hope you were able to enjoy this time with us, but, if not, we have plenty of fun in store for you in the future. We can’t wait to do this again! Now, sit back and enjoy some pictures from the Peers-to-Treloar party.

It was a gorgeous fall day.

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Amazing music filled the air, and many adventures were had!

 

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Article by Missourian Feature Writer Karen Cernich

“Stories That Will Connect Us To the Land”:
Another rave review for Growing Up with the River!

Growing Up with the River is a series of stories connecting your heart to the land on which so many have lived and loved. Now, another delightfully descriptive article written by Missourian Feature Writer Karen Cernich highlights the inner workings of this creative take on history. Please, enjoy this review here! 

If you have not gotten your copy of this wonderful compilation, you can order yours here, or visit these stores!

We cannot wait to hear what your thoughts are on this whimsical book. Be sure to connect with us on our Facebook page and join our email list!

 

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch Book Review

A review that specifies just what
all the fuss is about!

If you have found yourself wondering about our book Growing up with the River, here is your chance to find out more!

Growing up with the River will enthrall the attention of audiences young and old! How? Well, the book is full of fictional tales that communicate real heart. While the book’s relatable content does not have a typical approach, however, it does the job right – as this particular review by Jody Mitori for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch touches upon:

“The Burkhardts’ book should encourage readers to explore the Missouri River valley and help usher in the next generation of conservationists.”

With its air of mystery, this book will carry you through time while hopping from one perspective to the next.

Click here to read more in this fantastic review of Growing Up with the River! And don’t forget to order your copy today or stop in at these locations to pick up a copy!

 

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