Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Tater Tours for 2022


June 8, 2021

Fellow volksmarchers,

Since March 2020, the Pandemic has disrupted our lives, including Tater Tours!  We are now starting to see the "light at the end of the tunnel."  Tater Tours startup is with the AVA Convention from June 19th - July 4th.  It will be so good to be "On The Road Again"!! (And to see all my volksmarching friends!😍😍) My final trip for 2021 is in September to the Mid-America States, including several Capital Walks.  I still have a few seats available on that trip.

So looking into the future and 2022 ....... I will be working on trips that were cancelled in 2020 and 2021.  So far I have the following:

1. April to Nevada, Utah and Arizona:  Since this trip was cancelled twice, I will be reverting to the 1st listing of people. With this trip being very popular, I am sure that I will be running this tour a couple of years in succession. (Death Valley National Park, Red Rock State Park and Valley of Fire State Park (Outside of Las Vegas) Zion and Bryce National Park, Horseshoe Bend State Park and Grand Canyon National Park.  (Beauty in Western USA!)

2. June to the Northwest Conference in Oregon:  Exploring the many great sights of Oregon to include Crater National Park!

I am sure that I will be including a couple more trips for 2022 so please stay-tuned!

From the HEAD TATER!

Tater Tours Trip to the 2021 Madison Convention and More


JUNE 19th – JULY 4th



(The fees for the convention walks, socials and awards are not included in the total price. You can go to the AVA website for more information.)


June 19th (Sat.): Fly day only into Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. Hotel Accommodations at the Country Inn & Suites/Mall of America for 2 nights!! (612) 669-6800 Full Breakfast included and free shuttle from airport. If arriving early, there is a year-round event across the street inside the Mall. Short meeting that evening at 7:00 p.m.


June 20th (Sun.): Drive to Fridley, Minnesota (less than an hour away) for 2 year-round events hosted by Bonnie Johnson.  Participate in the Springbrook Nature Center walk.  This walk is on trails through forest, prairie, savannah and wetland including floating boardwalks. Includes overlook kiosks, ponds, trail benches and Meditation Garden. Travel a short distance for our second walk, Rice Creek Trails. This walk goes along Rice Creek and the Mississippi River on bike trails, through parks, some residential and new development.  Return to our hotel.


June 21st (Mon.):  Drive to St. Paul for the Capital Walk.  This walk is mostly on flat, paved sidewalks with some inclines, it winds through historic areas of St Paul, past Historic Churches, Veterans Memorials, the MN State Capitol, Minnesota History Center, and the Excel Energy Center.  Continue to Northfield, Minnesota for hotel accommodations at the Fairfield Inn & Suites for one night. (507) 366-5000 Continental Breakfast included. We can start the Northfield Jesse James walk from the hotel at your convenience. This walk goes through the Historic City of Northfield where the Jesse James bank robbery occurred. Walk through parks, downtown, along the Cannon River and into Carlton College Campus.


June 22nd (Tues.): Depart our hotel and continue our drive South into Iowa (HEAD TATER’S HOME STATE) to Mason City, Iowa to participate in the Frank Lloyd Wright walk. The start point is the only remaining Frank Lloyd Wright hotel in the world; other FLW homes along the route   including the Stockman House. Visit Meredith Wilson’s boyhood home and Music Man Square. The trail is on sidewalks and multi-use trails.  Short drive to our hotel for one night, Holiday Inn Express (641) 424-1200 Continental Breakfast included.


June 23rd (Wed.): Drive to the Ames, Iowa for year-round event.  Trail goes through historic residential neighborhoods, the beautiful Iowa State Campus, the Farm House Museum and passes through the central business district of shops and restaurants. Also passes Reiman Gardens and Butterfly Conservatory.  Continue to West Des Moines, Iowa for hotel accommodations for 2 nights at the Drury Inn & Suites (515) 457-9500 Full Breakfast included.


June 24th (Thurs.): Drive a short distance to participate in the Des Moines Capital walk.  The trail goes through the Capitol Gardens, around the State Capitol and several war memorials on the Capitol grounds. It tours the East Village featuring unique shops and eateries and crosses the river to go through   downtown Des Moines and the Pappajohn sculpture park and re-crosses the Des Moines River     on the Principal Riverwalk pedestrian bridge.  Return to our hotel. This evening we will drive to Madrid, Iowa to participate in the night Trestle Bridge Walk.  This walk is an out and back on hard surface Heart of Iowa Nature Trail. Converted rail trail crosses the Des Moines River on the beautiful 13 story High Trestle Bridge. Lighted bridge is spectacular at night! Return to hotel.


June 25th (Fri.): Drive to Dubuque, Iowa (Eastern Iowa) to participate in our last year-round event prior to the Pre-walks for the AVA Convention.  The walk will be along the Mississippi River and downtown Dubuque's Main St with lots of murals. Short drive to our hotel for one night, Hampton Inn (563) 690-2005 Continental Breakfast included.

June 26th (Sat.): Drive a short distance to Galena, Illinois for the 1st Pre-Walk of the Convention. Participate in event and then drive to Middleton, Wisconsin (Madison West) for hotel accommodations for 3 nights at Springhill Suites (608) 233-4580 Full Breakfast included.


June 27th (Sun.): Drive to Oconomowoc for 2nd Pre-Walk of the Convention. (63 miles away) Participate in event and then drive back to our hotel.  For your convenience, for those wanting to do another walk, participate in the Middleton West Parks year-round event, hopefully from our hotel.


June 28th (Mon.): Drive to Green Bay for 3rd Pre-Walk of the Convention. (143 miles away) Participate in event and again drive back to our hotel. 


June 29th (Tues.): Drive to Sparta for last Pre-Walk of the Convention (110 miles away) Participate in the event and drive to the Host Hotel for the AVA Convention, Madison Concourse Hotel for 4 glorious nights 1-800-356-8293 Breakfast included.


June 30th – July 3rd: (Wednesday through Saturday)


Attend the AVA Convention, meetings, workshops, walks, and socials!


(Not included in tour price)


June 30th (Wed.): Pheasant Branch Conservatory Walk (Transportation provided)


July 1st (Thurs.): Convention Walk (Monona Terrace Walk)


July 2nd (Fri.): Olbrich Gardens Walk (Transportation provided)


July 3rd (Sat): UW Campus Walk


July 3rd (Sat): After participating in the UW Campus Walk, drive to Milwaukee to possibly participate in year-round event.   Route goes through downtown Milwaukee, with its interesting architecture and passes the Milwaukee Art Museum. Watch the "wings" on the museum open and close several times a day. The walk is on paved pathways and city sidewalks. Views are afforded of Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River. Continue to our last Hotel for the trip, Holiday Inn Express & Suites/Milwaukee Airport (414) 563-4000 Continental Breakfast included.





$50.00 will reserve your seat on this Fantastic AVA Convention Trip. (Everyone has paid!) 

Price Per Person: (EXCLUDING $50.00 DEPOSIT!)


 SINGLE:  $3200.00       DOUBLE:  $2300.00    TRIPLE:  $1900.00                  



SINGLE:   March 27th - $3200.00  

DOUBLE:  March 27th - $2300.00

TRIPLE:    March 27th - $1900.00


 The cost of the trip will include:


       Fully Escorted Deluxe Bus Transportation


       15 nights of Hotel Accommodations at various hotels


       Deluxe Continental or Full Breakfast at ALL hotels


       All Taxes and Tips, including those for the Bus Driver and Tour Escort


       Walk Fees (Credit Only) for walks other than those designated for the AVA Convention


       Refreshments and snacks throughout the trip


 Make checks payable to Mary Ptacek and send to the following address:


Mary T. Ptacek

2748 Canarsy Ct.

Henderson, Nevada 89052


Any questions or concerns, call (702) 523-4920 or email me at mtptacek@msn.com  

Mid-America Trip September 2021



SEPTEMBER 18TH – 30TH, 2021


Sept. 18th (Sat.): Fly-day only to Chicago, Illinois. Hotel Accommodations at Hampton Inn & Suites Rosemount Chicago O’Hare for 2 nights, (847) 692-3000 Free 24-hour shuttle service and Continental Breakfast included. Short meeting this evening at 7:00 p.m.



Sept. 19th (Sun.): Drive into Chicago for Lakefront Walk & Gold Coast Walk (Same S/F) Will stay in Chicago all day long!  Lots to see! The Lakefront trail takes you to the Chicago Loop, Northwestern Univ., Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium, Buckingham Fountain, Navy Pier (eat at the many restaurants inside Navy Pier), Museum of Contemporary Art, near the John Hancock building, Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile and along beautiful Lake Michigan. The Gold Coast trail 11K option continues over the Chicago River along the Magnificent Mile to the Gold Coast neighborhood. Gracious townhomes line the streets leading to the Chicago History Museum. Return via Rush Street, known for nightlife, to State Street. The 5K option will take you along Chicago's new Riverwalk to LaSalle Street, Chicago's center for government and finance.  Return to our hotel.


Sept. 20th (Mon.): Depart our hotel and drive to Springfield, Illinois for Capital Walk. The route takes you over city streets and sidewalks, past Lincoln's Tomb, State Capitol, Lincoln's home and law office. Drive a short distance to our hotel in Springfield, Drury Inn & Suites, (217) 529-3900 Full Hot Breakfast included.  Free Hot Food & Evening Beverages!


Sept. 21st (Tues.): Depart our hotel and drive to a suburb of St. Louis, for University City Walk. This walk goes through University Heights, an early 1900's upper middle class planned subdivision and historic Parkview Place, an "Urban Oasis" now on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit beautiful Washington University. Finish your walk by strolling along the famous "Delmar Loop" with its many restaurants, specialty shops, the St Louis Walk of Fame, and a statue of Rock 'N' Roll icon Chuck Berry.  Drive to downtown St. Louis to our hotel for  3 nights at the Pear Tree Inn, (a subsidiary of Drury Inn) (314) 241-3200 Full Hot Breakfast included. Free Snacks & Evening Beverages!


Sept. 22nd (Wed.): Today we will drive to another suburb of St. Louis to the Forest Park Visitor Center where two walks start from here, Fabulous CWE and Forest Park. The Fabulous CWE Walk follows the city streets thru the Central West End Business and Restaurant area, Cathedral  Basilica, Hospital complexes and tree-lined streets of St. Louis mansions.  The Forest Park walk is in Forest Park and is located in the Central West End area of St. Louis, MO, near the Missouri History Museum. Established in 1895 and is the largest urban park in the United States, and was the site for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.  Return to our hotel.

Sept. 23rd (Thurs.):  Participate in the Downtown St. Louis walk at your convenience from our hotel, the S/F. Trail winds through downtown St. Louis, along the Mississippi river, past the Baseball, Football and Hockey arenas and crosses the Arch grounds & out onto EDS bridge for   pictures of St. Louis skyline & Arch. Spend the day walking and sightseeing! 


Sept 24th (Fri.): Depart the St. Louis area and drive to Nashville, Tennessee. Sightseeing day only! Backstage Tour of the Grand Ole Opry.  Continue to our hotel for 2 nights, Drury Plaza Hotel Downtown, (615) 259-7881 Full Hot Breakfast included. Free Hot Food & Evening Beverages!



Sept 25th (Sat.): Procedures have changed in reference to the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum. We will walk over together (2 blocks away) to the Museum for we must enter as a Group. Tour the museum and stay as long as you want and then continue with the Walk.  See the State Capital, Bicentennial Mall Ryman Auditorium, Printers Alley, Fort Nashborough, Lower Broadway, Historic Second Historic Second Avenue, Titans Stadium, Country Music Hall of Fame and much more. Enjoy the day in Nashville!


Sept. 26th (Sun.): Drive to Frankfort, Kentucky for Capital Walk.  Route leads through downtown, past shops, museums, older residential/historical areas, across bridges, circles the Capitol, and through the Frankfort Cemetery, passing Daniel Boone's burial site. Drive a short distance to our hotel, Hampton Inn, Frankfort (502) 223-7600 Hot Breakfast included.


Sept. 27th (Mon.):  Depart our hotel and drive to Indianapolis, Indiana for Capital Walk. Participate in the walk and then continue our journey to Dayton, Ohio and hotel accommodations at the Drury Inn & Suites Dayton North, (937) 454-5200 Full Hot Breakfast included.  Free Hot Food & Evening Beverages!

Sept. 28th (Tues.): Depart our hotel and drive to the Wright Hill/USAF Museum Walk. The 10 & 12K trails will be on established paved trails, as well as the US Air Force Museum. The 6K walk is  entirely on the US Air Force Museum property.  Spend time also at the Museum walking  through this great museum!! (Can you tell that I was prior Air Force?) Continue to Columbus,  Ohio for our hotel for 2 nights at the Hampton Inn Columbus Airport (614) 235-0717 Breakfast included and free shuttle service to Airport.


Sept. 29th (Wed.): Depart the hotel to participate in our last day with 2 walks, Capital Walk and the Upper Arlington walk, a suburb of Columbus. The Capital walk is mainly in historic German  Village with a side trip around the State Capitol building. Highlights include Planks Bier Garten, Hausfrau Haven, the original Max & Ermas, Golden Hobby Shop, The Book Loft King Gambrinus in the Brewery District, "Soldiers' Wall of Letters", Schmidt's Sausage Haus, Schiller Park and many lovely German residences. In the afternoon, drive to the Upper Arlington walk that will feature multiple curving streets, lined with trees and a park-like feel as you pass the Mallway district and numerous historic homes.  Return to our hotel. Possible pizza party for our last night together!





$50.00 will reserve your seat on this great trip.

Does not include any airfare. 


Price Per Person: (EXCLUDING $50.00 DEPOSIT!)


SINGLE:  $2800.00   DOUBLE:  $2000.00 TRIPLE:  $1700.00              




SINGLE:            August 15th: $2800.00                                    

DOUBLE:          August 15th: $2000.00 

TRIPLE:            August 15th: $1700.00            


Because this trip is coming up fast, the 45 days refundable payment will change to 30 days. (August 15th) The deposit of $50.00 is non-refundable. 


 The cost of the trip will include:

          Fully Escorted Deluxe Bus Transportation 

          12 nights of Hotel Accommodations

          Continental or Full Breakfast included in all hotels

          All Taxes and Tips, including the Bus Driver and Tour Escort

          Refreshments and snacks for the trip

          Credit Only Walk Fees for the whole trip

          Entrance Fees into Grand Ole Opry & Country Music Hall of Fame Museum


Make checks payable to Mary Ptacek and send to the following address:


Mary T. Ptacek

2748 Canarsy Ct. 

Henderson, Nevada 89052

(702) 523-4920 mtptacek@msn.com  

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Merry Christmas!


This has been a very trying year for everyone, including Tater Tours! With turning the page on 2020, let's all hope and pray that 2021 will be a much better and prosperous year! I can't wait to get back on the bus with all my Tater friends and TOTS!  There is still a lot of  uncertainty out there but I am thinking positive and hoping that Tater Tours will be able to start-up tours in the very near future.  My 1st tour is scheduled for April 6th to Nevada, Utah, and Arizona.  I now have a limitation of people on the bus so that we can practice some social distancing.  But who knows by April what will be happening, so stay-tuned!  I have not added any more trips for 2021 as of yet, but hope to do so starting in late January. My trip to the Northwest Conference in May has been cancelled and have yet to see whether the AVA Convention trip to Wisconsin in June will be a "GO".  Then the only other trip that I had planned was the Mid-America trip in September.  I would certainly like to plan and organize more Tater Tours for 2021, so time will tell!!  Hope everyone is staying health and safe!  Would love to see you all next year!

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Mid-America Cancellation


To all my friends and TOTS,

The time has come to cancel the last Tater Tour trip for 2021, the great Mid-America trip!  Once again, due to the continued  COVID-19 virus and with no vaccine in sight, Tater Tours will be looking forward to seeing all the Tater Tots next year!!!  Like the previous 2 cancellations of trips, I will be moving the Mid-America trip to September 2021.  Dates unknown at this time and the same itinerary will be used.  I will be working on all my trips in a few months and details will be sent out to those that have signed up for the 3 cancellation trips plus the 2 added ones, AVA Convention and Trip for my Canadian friends to Nevada, Utah & Arizona. The following outline is for 2021:

1.     Nevada, Utah, & Arizona for April

2.    Northwest Conference in Oregon for May

3.    AVA Convention in Wisconsin for June

4.    Mid-America in September

5.    Another Nevada, Utah, & Arizona trip in October for my Canadian friends!

These trips are all "Sold Out" but some of the Waiting Lists are short, so don't hesitate to email me and get on that LIST!

Please stay healthy and continue to walk and support AVA and your local clubs!  Until we meet again!

  • Mary (Head Tater)

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Cancellation of NW Conference trip


Due to the ongoing Covid-19 virus and the uncertainties that this ugly virus is doing to everyone's life and travels, I am sorry to inform my TATER TOTS that I am cancelling the Northwest Conference & More trip that was scheduled for June 22nd - July 1st.  Consulting with the Regional Director and the Planning Committee it was decided that the Conference will now be held May 20th - 23rd, 2021.  I will be working on the specific dates for my trip and do not anticipate and changes to the trip. (The only change that I see in my schedule is the actual walk in Crater Lake National Park, but am still wanting to visit!!  It's been on my Bucket List!)

I will be announcing my 2021 Tours sometime in August!  With 2 of my Tours cancelled (Nevada, Utah & Arizona and Northwest Conference for this year, I am just rolling them over to 2021.  Then we have the AVA Convention in June but unfortunately that trip is sold out already!  I look forward to seeing everyone on the Trail soon!

As of now, I am moving forward with my Mid-America Tour in September!

Hope everyone is staying healthy and still walking!!

Mary (Head Tater)

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Update with COVID-19 Virus



I wanted to let all my faithful Tater Tots and also my new customers know that I cancelled my above trip on March 16th, 2020.  We all are going through some "trying times" with this ugly virus but we will make it through this in time!  I hope that everyone is practicing the new guidelines that have been instituted by the CDC.  Some of these practices would be good if we even continued them after this is all behind us!  So I have been busy cancelling hotels and bus transportation for the trip and all are very understanding.  Refund checks were sent out on March 23, 2020 to those TOTS requested refunds and for the others, the amount was transferred to the April 2021 Tour.  (I will be running the same tour, with possible minor changes.) EVERYONE THAT WAS ON THIS TRIP FOR 2020 IS AUTOMATICALLY INCLUDED ON THE 2021 TOUR! You will be contacted by the Head Tater at a later date of when the actual 2021 Tour will be.  (Possibly April 6th - 17th, 2021)

For all the TOTS that were on the waiting list for 2020, I am possibly thinking of running the same tour in 2022!  Stay-tuned!

Update on my next tour, the Northwest Conference in Oregon for June 22nd - July 1st.  Plans are still progressing with this trip.  I have been in contact with the Regional Director and Conference Committee. Decisions will be made towards the end of April. 

Thanks everyone for your support and understanding!  Now go outside for a hike!


Mary (Head Tater)