Monday, June 3, 2019

Tater Tours 2020

Update for 2020 Tater Tours

Getting excited on the plans for 2020 with 4 trips by the Head Tater with 2 of the trips already displayed on the blogspot!  Again, I do not want to discourage people for signing up for trips that are "Sold Out".  Things happen and people have to cancel …..

1.  It was very exciting to hear that San Antonio was able to secure their IML status.  So with that in mind, the trip is now "Sold Out" but with a very short waiting list

2.  The Nevada, Utah & Arizona trip is also "Sold Out" with a long waiting list.  Will the Head Tater do for 2021?  Stay-tuned ……

3.  Awaiting for information on the Northwest Conference Committee to go forward on the brochure for June 2020. Very excited to go forward with the planning of this trip.  I only have 8 seats left!

4.  Mid-America in September of 2020 will be very exciting too.  With this trip being the last one for 2020, it will probably be at least August before a brochure is available.  Unfortunately, the trip is filled with a waiting list.

So hear it is, the "Latest & Greatest" for Tater Tours!  Hope to see lots of walkers at the AVA Convention that is just around the corner.

From the Desk of Tater Tours!

Tater Tour to Nevada, Utah and Arizona

APRIL 14–25, 2020

April 14 (Tuesday): Fly day only to Las Vegas, Nevada. Hotel Accommodations at Tuscany Suites & Casino Hotel for 4 nights! (Located on East Flamingo Road less than a mile from the Las Vegas Famous Strip.) (702) 893-8933. No free shuttle from Airport.  Full Breakfast included. Short meeting this evening at 7:00 p.m. (Restaurants within walking distance)

April 15 (Wednesday): At your convenience from our hotel, participate in the North and South Strip Walks. Both walks explore the Famous Strip from Mandalay Bay (South) to almost the Stratosphere (North).  Will have possibly designated times for guided walks by the Head Tater of both walks if you so desire. (It will take you all day if you do the 12K for both walks.)  So much to see!  Possible Firelight Barn Dinner Show tonight. Return to our hotel.

April 16 (Thursday): Depart our hotel (early) and drive to Death Valley National Park for a day of sightseeing! Places that we will visit and maybe do some hiking: Zabriskie Point, Badwater Salt Flat (lowest point in North America) Golden Canyon, and visit the Borax Museum and Visitor Center.  Return to our hotel.

April 17 (Friday): Depart our hotel and drive a short distance to Red Rock Canyon for a walk event. Stop at the Visitor Center for information and then continue on the Scenic Drive (13 miles) around Red Rock with a couple of stops for volksmarch.  In the afternoon, participate in Downtown Summerlin Walk. (Located on the West Side of Las Vegas) Return to our hotel.  Visit the Neon Museum this evening. Think about packing those suitcases!!
April 18 (Saturday): Depart the Las Vegas area and drive to the Valley of Fire State Park. Participate in volksmarch event with doing a couple of different trails.  Continue onto St. George, Utah for lunch and also for the Famous Iceberg Shake!  (Some of you know all about it!)  Continue onto Springdale, Utah, just outside of Zion National Park. Hotel accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express, Springdale. (435) 772-3200 Continental Breakfast included.

April 19 (Sunday): Drive a very short distance to the entrance of Zion National Park and spend most of the day in the park exploring and participating in a volksmarch event. Depart the National Park and continue just outside of Bryce National Park for hotel accommodations for 2 nights at Ruby’s Best Western, (435) 834-5341 Full Breakfast included.

April 20 (Monday): At your convenience, board the free shuttle service (outside of hotel) into Bryce National Park and do a volksmarch event.  Stop at the Visitor Center first, before you decide to return to the hop-on and hop-off shuttle service to designated areas. Spend the whole day exploring this beautiful Park. Return to our hotel.
April 21 (Tuesday): Depart hotel and drive to Page, Arizona area and enjoy a Guided Tour of  Antelope Slot Canyon. Hotel accommodations at Best Western View of Lake Powell for one night. (928) 645-9900 Deluxe Continental Breakfast included.

April 22 (Wednesday): When departing Page, Arizona, stop at Horseshoe Bend for some magnificent views and pictures! (Short hike) Continue our drive to Flagstaff, Arizona for hotel accommodations for 2 nights at Springhill Suites (928) 774-8042 Hot Breakfast Buffet included.  Possibly start a Flagstaff walk from our hotel.

April 23 (Thursday): Depart our hotel and drive to Grand Canyon National Park for volksmarch. We will be here most of the day. The walk is on paved and stone sidewalks along the south rim of the Grand Canyon.  Along with the spectacular views, the West route takes you through Grand Canyon Village with its gift shops, restaurants, historic information, Fred Harvey Museum, and nature interpretations.  Return to our hotel.

April 24 (Friday): Depart the area and drive towards Las Vegas, Nevada with a stop in Seligman Arizona (on Historic Rt. 66) and then continue to Boulder City, Nevada for Lunch and 5KM walk.  This trail begins at the Historic Boulder Dam Hotel, a center of activity during construction of Boulder Dam. (Visit the free museum in the back of hotel).  You will pass many quaint restaurants and gift shops along Nevada Way that are well worth your time to visit. Look for outdoor sculptures along the route. Continue to Las Vegas for hotel accommodations for one night at the Tuscany Suites & Casino Hotel.  (702) 893-8933 No free shuttle to the Airport. Full Breakfast included.


$50.00 will reserve your seat on this great trip to the Does not include any airfare.

Price Per Person:  (EXCLUDING $50.00 DEPOSIT!)

SINGLE:          $2500.00                  DOUBLE:  $1700.00                        TRIPLE:  $1500.00             


SINGLE:          October 31st - $1250.00                 February 15th - $1250.00             
DOUBLE:        October 31st - $850.00                   February 15th - $850.00
TRIPLE:          October 31st - $750.00                   February 15th - $750.00   
The cost of the trip will include:
·      Fully Escorted Deluxe Bus Transportation
·      11 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 All National and State Parks
·      Entrance Fee to Neon Museum & Firelight Dinner/Show
·      Guided Tour of Slot Canyon

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

Mary T. Ptacek
2748 Canarsy Ct.
Henderson, Nevada 89052 (702) 523-4920 

Tater Tour to San Antonio IML and More


FEBRUARY 19th – 29th, 2020

February 19 (Wednesday): Fly day only to San Antonio, Texas Airport. Hotel Accommodations at the Drury Inn & Suites San Antonio Airport for 1 night! (210) 308-8100.  Full Hot Breakfast included and free shuttle from airport.  Short meeting that evening at 7:15 p.m.  Free Hot Food & Evening Beverages!

Feb. 20 (Thursday): Drive to AVA Headquarters for a possible OPEN HOUSE!  Get to meet the Headquarters Staff!  In the afternoon, participate in Broadway Neighborhood Walk on our way to Downtown. The walk is two 5 km loops, one in the lovely residential area in Alamo Heights and the Cathedral Meditation Park at the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, Bishop Jones Center. The second 5km loop includes the University of Incarnate Word Campus.

Continue into Downtown San Antonio to the Hampton Inn & Suites/Market Square
for four glorious nights! (210) 212-7000. Hot Breakfast included.  The host hotel for the IML, Holiday Inn, is about 2 blocks Away.
Feb. 21 – 23 (Friday – Sunday):  Participate in the IML Weekend (International Marching League) The walks and socials ARE NOT A PART OF THE TATER TOUR PRICE.  You can participate in longer walks, a rodeo, and  mixer. (That is why I did not include in the total price.) When the information is complete, go to register for the Walking Weekend!

Feb. 24 (Monday):  Drive to Austin for the Capital Walk.  Walk goes across the Colorado River (also called Lady Bird Lake) bridge with grand views of downtown Austin. Proceed to the State Capital Complex. The 11k route continues into the University of Texas campus. The return route is along Congress Ave. with historical Austin buildings. Continue our short drive to the Lady Bird Lake Walk. Walk around the eastern part of Lady Bird Lake on the natural surface of the Hike and Bike trail. Cross Congress Ave. bridge (home of a bat colony). Trail passes sculpture by Weiwei and the Mexican American Cultural Center. After re-crossing water on Longhorn Dam, you will be treated to fantastic views of the downtown Austin skyline as you walk on a long boardwalk over the water.  Hotel accommodations at Drury Inn & Suites North for 3 glorious nights! (512) 467-9500   Free Hot Food & Evening Beverages!

Feb 25th (Tuesday): Drive to Fredericksburg for AVA Pilgrimage Walk.  This walk is a self-guided tour of the Historic District and honors the heritage of Volkssporting in America.  In the afternoon, participate in the Lyndon Johnson State & National Park Walk. These parks tell the story of our 36th President beginning with his ancestors to his final resting place on this, his beloved ranch. This "circle of life" provides a visitor the most complete picture of any American president. The NPS offers 20-minute tours of the recently renovated ground floor of the Texas White House. A fee of $3 is charged for the tour.  Return to Austin and our hotel.

Feb. 26 (Wednesday): Drive to College Station and participate in the Texas A & M University Walk. The route is on the Texas A & M Campus and includes Kyle Field (famous Aggie football stadium), Reed Arena, Bon Fire Memorial, the Academic Building and the Century Tree. Some people might want to just do the 6K walk and tour the Bush Presidential Library and Museum.  Return to Austin and our hotel.

Feb. 27 (Thursday): Drive to Boerne to participate in the Cibolo Wilderness Walk.  The trail goes through neighborhoods and on a "Rails to Trails" section to get to the Cibolo Nature Center. Almost 5km of the walk is inside the nature center where the walk is on trails and a boardwalk over a marsh. Also, see the dinosaur tracks!!  In the afternoon, continue to do the Cemetery Walk of Boerne.  The walk goes through residential neighborhoods, past schools, through the town cemetery and down the main street of Boerne. Many shops, restaurants and historical buildings and places of interest are featured. Walk includes the newest portion of the hiking trail along Cibolo Creek Drive to our hotel, the Comfort Inn & Suites, (830) 249-6800 for one night. Continental Breakfast included.

Feb. 28 (Friday): Drive a short distance and participate in the Downtown Walk.  This walk is on paved roads and sidewalks through neighborhoods and downtown Boerne with several historical and other points of interest. This walk takes you on paths by the river and down the Main Street lined with quaint antique shops and boutiques.  Continue our drive back to San Antonio and to the hotel that we stayed at the first night of our trip,  Drury Inn & Suites San Antonio Airport for 1 night! (210) 308-8100.  Full Hot Breakfast included and free beverages! Free shuttle to the airport.


$50.00 will reserve your seat on this great trip to TEXAS!  (Non-refundable)  Does not include any airfare (Trip is Sold Out with a very short waiting list at the time of publication)

 Price Per Person:  (EXCLUDING $50.00 DEPOSIT!)  All totals are in US Funds!

 SINGLE:  $1900.00               DOUBLE:  $1300.00              TRIPLE:  $1100.00               


SINGLE:         Aug. 15th - $950.00     Dec. 20th - $950.00                
DOUBLE:       Aug. 15th - $650.00     Dec. 20th - $650.00
TRIPLE:         Aug. 15th - $550.00     Dec. 20th - $550.00                           

 The cost of the trip will include:

·       Fully Escorted Deluxe Bus Transportation

·       10 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 (9) Walks except the IML Walking Weekend.

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

Mary T. Ptacek
2748 Canarsy Ct.
Henderson, Nevada 89052
(702) 523-4920

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Tater Tours for 2020!

                                ANNOUNCEMENT OF TATER TOURS FOR 2020!

                                                        Head Tater on Gulf Shores Trip 2019

First of all, I hope that everyone is making it through the harsh winter months that have plagued most of the USA!  I just returned a couple of weeks ago from my unexpected trip to the Southeast for the President's Walking Weekend in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  It was a great success!!  When I returned from that trip, I had my family visit and then we continued onto Hawaii!  Can't get enough of that State!  I announced on my Southeast Trip my intentions to stay with Tater Tours for a few more years and also my schedule for 2020. Well, needless to say, people started to immediately jump on the bandwagon so I wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of my 2020 trips. (Unfortunately, one trip is already "SOLD OUT", which means, I might have to run that trip again in 2021!  So below is a very generic outline of what I have ……. just tentative dates and NO prices yet.  Let me know if you are interested in any of the trips.  A $50.00 deposit is required to sign up.

1. TEXAS, TEXAS, TEXAS!! Tentative dates are Feb. 20th-29th 
Fly into/out of San Antonio, Texas.  Participate in either the Texas IML event (if they are certified in May) or another Texas-Round-Up Event.  Walks in the San Antonio area, Austin (Capital), Fredericksburg, etc..  I have a total of 26 people so far.

2.  NEVADA, UTAH, & ARIZONA! Tentative dates are March 21st - April 2nd
Fly into/out of Las Vegas, Nevada.  Staying in the Las Vegas area for at least 4 night to do walks/sightseeing at Death Valley National Park, Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire State Park. (Of course, participating also in a couple of the Las Vegas area year round events.)  Onto Zion and Bryce National Parks in Utah for some great walks and sightseeing! Then continue down to Page, Arizona to Antelope Canyon (Slot Canyon) for a walk between the carved rocks with a guide!  Continue to Flagstaff, Arizona for walks in Grand Canyon National Park and Flagstaff.  Return to Las Vegas!  SOLD OUT with a waiting list …… this is one I might have to repeat soon!

3. NORTHWEST CONFERENCE IN OREGON!  Tentative dates are June 23rd - July 2nd
Fly into/out of Portland, Oregon.  The NW Conference will be held either in Medford or Ashland, Oregon (Southern Oregon)  On our way down, we will stop at one of my favorite walks near Silverton, Silver Falls State Park. Include the Capital Walk in Salem and then continue to either Medford or Ashland for 4 nights!  On the return, we will be stopping at Crater Lake National Park for a few days of walks & sightseeing! More stops and walks …. Have 18 people so far.

4.  MID-AMERICA STATES!  Tentative dates are September 17th - 30th
Fly into Milwaukee, Wisconsin and out of Columbus, Ohio.  Participate in the Madison Capital walk and possibly 5K Milwaukee walk. Will include the following Capital Walks plus walks in St. Louis, Missouri and Dayton, Ohio. (Springfield, IL., Nashville, TN., Frankfort, KY., Indianapolis, IN., and Columbus, OH.)  Also some sightseeing at the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame!  I have 47 people so far …… just 4 seats left!


Saturday, December 29, 2018

2018 Photos: Canadian Convention

Some TOTS on the walk in Sackville, New Brunswick

Head Tater in Halifax following Winston Churchill

Some of the TOTS on Overlook in Cape Breton National Park

All the TOTS at Keltic Lodge in Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia

2018 Photos: Great Lakes

HEAD Tater with walking friends, John & Susan Osborn from Ontario!

Niagara Falls, Ontario

All the TOTS at Floral Clock outside of Niagara Falls

Mary with Tater DJ from Florida finishing her 50 States with Michigan

2018 Photos: California Coastline

Connie MaClean from Vancouver, BC and Cynthia Hines from Oklahoma finishing 50 States!

Mary & Reesa at the Golden Gate Bridge

Some TOTS resting after a walk in Nisene Marks State Park

Beautiful Pic in Point Lobos State Park

All the TOTS at Gene Autry Museum