I’ll be signing copies of my book, Adventures in Yellowstone: Early Travelers Tell Their Tales, at the Old Faithful Inn on two weekends in August. I’ll be in the lobby of the world famous hotel on Aug. 10-11 and Aug. 17-18 from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
This will be the fourth summer I’ve signed books at the world famous hotel, and I’ve blogged about the experience several times.
Adventures in Yellowstone contains a dozen first-person accounts of early travel to the park. Several of the stories are about adventures the Yellowstone guides and road signs still talk about. Here’s a list of examples with links to excerpts:
- Truman Everts’ adventure of be lost alone in the Yellowstone wilderness in 1870,
- The Earl of Dunraven’s delightful tales about his trip to the Park in 1875,
- Emma Cowan’s chilling story of being taken captive by the Nez Perce when they fled the army in 1877.
Other stories are less well known, but equally interesting:
- Carrie Adell Strahorn’s adventure of being caught in an October snowstorm in 1880,
- Ernest Thompson Seton’s description of a garbage dump fight between a giant grizzly and a momma black bear protecting her cub in 1897,
- Eleanor Corthell’s delightful tale of taking her seven children to the park in 1903.
I got the idea for my next book, Shorter Stories of Greater Yellowstone, while talking to people at my earlier book signings. People told me they want a collection that contains short stories they can finish around the campfire at night or while driving between sights. When I heard that, I decided to compile such a book.
Shorter Stories will contain about sixty stories of 400 to 2,000 words. The first-person accounts will be organized in twelve parts with titles like “Mountain Men,” “Hunting,” and “Bear Stories.” The entire book will be about 60,000 words including introductions for each part and story. I expect to be signing copies of it at Old Faithful Inn in the Summer of 2014.
I hope to see you soon in Yellowstone Park!
— F.J. Haynes Postcard, Wikipedia Commons.