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)

Monday, December 23, 2019



At this time, the Head Tater and Reesa would like to wish all our walking friends and family a very Merry Christmas! This picture was taken on our recent Hawaii trip (luau).  What a great adventure!  It has been another great year for Tater Tours!  It always amazes me the dedication that all the TOTS have for my trips.  I appreciate the continued support of my tours!  Retirement was "slightly" thought of but it seems to me, while I plan on slowing down with the number of trips, the TOTS wanted me to continue.  With all but one trip completely "Sold Out" for 2020, why would I not want to continue?  So from the bottom of my heart, "Thank You ALL"!!

So here's hoping that 2020 is a prosperous year for all and that the great sport of Volksmarching continues on in all of our lives!


Monday, September 23, 2019

Mid-America Trip September 17 – 29, 2020

SEPTEMBER 17 – 29, 2020

Sept. 17 (Thursday): Fly day only to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Hotel Accommodations at Holiday Inn Express Airport for 2 nights. (414) 563-4000. Free shuttle service and Continental Breakfast included. There will be a short meeting this evening at 7:00 p.m.

Sept. 18 (Friday): Drive to Madison, Wisconsin for Capital Walk.  The route includes the State Capitol, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace Convention Center, a portion of the University of Wisconsin campus, a walk along the shore of Lake Monona, museums, and a portion of the shore of Lake Mendota.  Return to Milwaukee to participate in the year-round event. The 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. Views are afforded of Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River. Return to our hotel.

Sept. 19 (Saturday): 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.  Also Free Hot Food & Evening Beverages!

Sept. 20 (Sunday):   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.  Also Free Hot Food & Evening Beverages!

Sept. 21(Monday):   Today we will drive to another suburb of St. Louis to the Forest Park Visitor Center where two walks start from, 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. 22 (Tuesday):  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 and Arch. Spend the day walking and sightseeing!

Sept 23 (Wednesday): 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 Inn & Suites Downtown, (615) 259-7881 Full Hot Breakfast included.  Also Free Hot Food and Evening Beverages!

Sept 24 (Thursday): Participate in the Nashville Capital Walk at your convenience.  I will hopefully be passing out tickets to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum on your walk so that you can spend as much time as you want at the museum.  See the State Capital, Bicentennial Mall, Ryman Auditorium, Printers Alley, Fort Nashborough, Lower Broadway, Historic Second Avenue, Titans Stadium, Country Music Hall of Fame and much more. Enjoy the day in Nashville!

Sept. 25 (Friday): Drive to Frankfort, Kentucky for Capital Walk.  The 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, H2Suites, (502) 234-2450 Hot Breakfast included.

Sept. 26 (Saturday): 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.  Also Free Hot Food and Evening Beverages!

Sept. 27 (Sunday): Depart the 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. 28 (Monday):  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 but right now it’s SOLD OUT.

Price Per Person:  (EXCLUDING $50.00 DEPOSIT!)

SINGLE:          $2200.00      DOUBLE:  $1600.00                TRIPLE:  $1400.00                     

SINGLE:         March 31st - $1100.00                    August 1st - $1100.00                    
DOUBLE:       March 31st - $800.00                      August 1st - $800.00
TRIPLE:         March 31st - $700.00                      August 1st - $700.00          
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

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Northwest Conference and More June 22 - July 1, 2020

JUNE 22– JULY 1, 2020

June 22 (Monday):  Fly day only to Portland, Oregon Airport. Hotel Accommodations at the Clarion Hotel for 1 night! (503) 252-2222 Full Hot Breakfast included and free shuttle from the airport. Short get-together meeting that evening at 7:00 p.m. (For those coming in early, there is YRE within walking distance. Look under Portland, Wetlands/Columbia Slough Pathways.)

June 23 (Tuesday): Drive to near Silverton for the famous Silver Falls State Park Walk.  Voted one of the top 10 walks in the USA, this beautiful waterfall and state park area covers the whole canyon trail from South Falls to North Falls. View nine spectacular waterfalls! Trails are bark dust, natural and paved. Continue onto Salem, Oregon for hotel accommodations for 1 night at the Grand Hotel (503) 540-7800   Full Hot Breakfast included.

June 24 (Wednesday): Participate in the Salem Capital Walk. (hopefully from our hotel) 10K includes downtown, State Capitol area (renovations continue in 2019), Willamette University, historic Bush House and 90-acre Bush Park. The route continues through lovely residential areas with a more gradual climb to the Governor's Mansion. 6K goes only to Bush Park, the residential areas and Governor's Mansion. Continue to our hotel in Medford, Oregon for 6 (six) glorious nights, “Inn at the Commons”, host hotel for the Conference. (541) 779-5811.
Hot Continental Breakfast included.

June 25 – 28 (Thursday through Sunday):  Walking Extravaganza in the Medford Area! Included in the tour price is the registration for the Conference, 2 walks each day and the “Meet & Greet”.  Do not complete the registration form that will soon be on the Oregon Trail State Volkssporting Association website. There will be 4 featured walks each day and then I will include a nearby year-round event.  The 4 featured walks are as follows:
  • Forest Therapy with Shakespeare, Ashland
  • Gold Mining Trails & Town, Jacksonville
  • Medford Regional Director’s Meander, Medford
  • Casey State Park Caper
More information will be published as it becomes available!

June 29 (Monday): Drive to Crater Lake National Park for a scheduled walk and some great sightseeing! (This Park has been on my Bucket List! We might even see some snow!  Most activities, like the boat cruises, don’t even start till July. SORRY!)  Return to our hotel in Medford for our last night!  Think about packing those suitcases!

June 30 (Tuesday):  Depart Medford and drive to Bend, Oregon for a year-round event. Walk along the beautiful Deschutes River on a natural path, and through city parks, downtown, and the Old Mill District. 

Continue back to Portland and our hotel where we stayed the first night, Clarion Hotel, (503) 252-2222 Full Hot Breakfast included and free shuttle to the airport.



$50.00 will reserve your seat on this great trip!! (Non-refundable)  Does not include any airfare! (As of the publication of the brochure, I have 8 seats available)

Price Per Person:  (EXCLUDING $50.00 DEPOSIT!)

SINGLE:          $1750.00   DOUBLE:  $1200.00    TRIPLE:  $1000.00 


One Payment will be due on May 1st!  (Or make arrangements to make 2 different payments)                                    

The cost of the trip will include:

·      Fully Escorted Deluxe Bus Transportation
·      8 nights of Hotel Accommodations
·      Continental or Full Breakfast included in all hotels
·      All Taxes and Tips, including the Bus Driver and Tour Escort
·      Refreshments for the trip
·      Credit Only Walk Fees (12) All the walks, Registration Fees, Meet & Greet for the Walking Weekend!
·      Entrance to Crater Lake National Park

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

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

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Jacksonville Florida and More for 2020

JANUARY 16– 25, 2020

Jan. 16 (Thursday)  Fly day only to Jacksonville, Florida Airport. Hotel Accommodations at the Hampton Inn & Suites for 1 night! (904) 421-5000.  Continental Breakfast included and free shuttle from Airport. Short meeting that evening at 7:00 p.m.

Jan. 17 (Friday): We will start participating in the MLK Walking Weekend EARLY!  The brochure for this weekend will be available soon and as of publication of this brochure, it was not available. I will try and give you a very generic outline for the next 3 days and what is included.

·      Friday Morning:  Participate in the 1st walk, Hanna Park area located north of Jacksonville Beach. 
·      Friday Afternoon:  Participate in 2nd Walk from our hotel that goes north of our hotel.

Our hotel is the Hampton Inn & Suites-Oceanfront for 3 glorious nights! (904) 241-2311 Hot Breakfast included.  Participate in the Meet & Greet at the hotel. (Included in tour price)  Restaurant on premises and a few within walking distance.

Jan. 18 (Saturday): Participate in the 3rd Walk that is located Downtown Jacksonville.  In the afternoon, we will have 2-hour narrated boat cruise down the St. John River. (Included in tour price) Return to our hotel.

Jan. 19 (Sunday): Participate in the 4th Walk of the Walking Weekend located on Fort George Island in the morning and then do the 5th and Final Walk back at our hotel (This time we walk South of our hotel)

Jan. 20 (Monday): Drive to St. Augustine to participate in a year round event.  Take a walk through history as you tour the wonders of "the oldest city in the United States." Pass by the old Spanish rock-walled fort, Castillo San Marco, which withstood British artillery attacks in 1740; continue through a National Cemetery and numerous historical sites; ride in a horse-drawn carriage; visit unique shops and restaurants. The city has a diverse selection of outstanding museums. Throughout the town's architecture you will see the legacy of Henry Flagler, one of the founders of Standard Oil Company and the creator of the currently operating Florida East Coast Railroad. (I am trying to start this walk from our hotel, which I am sure that we will not be able to check in, but at least park the bus and hopefully unload luggage to a “Staging Room” so that you can stay downtown as long as you would like. 

Our hotel is the Holiday Inn – Historic St. Augustine for one night, (904) 494-2100 (Sorry, no breakfast here, it was too expensive and was going to charge us for the room to have a buffet!)

Jan. 21 (Tuesday): Drive to Flagler Beach for walk.  Enjoy this beautiful and quaint beachside village as you stroll along the golden sands of the Atlantic Ocean beach. Wander through the wetlands preserve out to the Matanzas River. Delight in the historic downtown and visit the museum. 

In the afternoon (very short distance), drive to Ormond Beach for another walk. Walk by
gardens, galleries, John D. Rockefeller's winter home, The Casements, and onto the beach at
Ormond, "the birthplace of speed" (alternate route: sidewalk on A1A runs parallel to the
beach). You will pass by an Ancient Timucuan Indian Burial Mound.  Continue again a short
distance to Daytona Beach area for 2 nights hotel accommodations at the Holiday Inn Resort Oceanfront (386) 255-0921 Breakfast Buffet included
Jan. 22 (Wednesday) Drive to New Smyrna Beach for the morning walk.  Route takes you along a scenic causeway through parks, the restored downtown historic district, over the ruins of the circa 1760's fort (site of extensive archaeological digs), across the Indian River along Historic Flagler Ave and onto an expansive Atlantic beach. Return to Daytona Beach and our hotel.  (Trying to have the year round event start from our hotel. This is doable, but will add 1K to the distance) This beautiful walk takes you across the Intracoastal Waterway and past the historic Jackie Robinson Baseball Stadium where he (#42) made his first appearance as a major league ballplayer. Stroll along the restored downtown area and lovely Riverfront Park.

Jan. 23 (Thursday): Continue to Orlando with a stop at Blue Springs State Park to hopefully see some manatee! Then continue to Sanford for year round event. This walk will take you along the beautiful Lake Monroe Waterfront Strollway and through the wonderfully restored historic Downtown District circa 1887. Also stroll through many of the city's parks and past the preserved and varied historic homes.  Then continue to Orlando area to our last hotel for 2 nights, Drury Inn & Suites (407) 354-1101 Full Hot Breakfast included and free beverages with enough food for a dinner’s meal!  No free shuttle to Orlando Airport. (15 miles away)

Jan 24 (Friday): Drive to Celebration (outside of Disney World) for walk.  Passing larger homes and wooden boardwalks makes the walks varied and interesting. Visit The Columbia, a 110-year-old family-owned restaurant, among many in the Town, and Kilwins ice cream shop. Celebration's “unique” architecture was created by Disney by taking the best ideas and practices from yesterday's and today's towns.  In the afternoon, participate in Lake Buena Vista walk.  The walks are in Disney Springs in Lake Buena Vista, situated on the eastern side of Walt Disney World. In the Disney Springs complex, enjoy dining, shopping and browsing.
Jan 25 (Saturday):    FLY DAY ONLY BACK TO HOME DESTINATIONS!  No free shuttle!


$50.00 will reserve your seat on this great trip to Florida!  (Non-refundable)  Does not include any airfare.

Price Per Person:  (EXCLUDING $50.00 DEPOSIT!)

SINGLE:          $1850.00                  DOUBLE:  $1250.00                        TRIPLE:  $1050.00             


(I would like people to make a one-time payment but if you cannot do this, please email me and we will work out the arrangements)
SINGLE:          December 1st - $1850.00              
DOUBLE:        December 1st - $1250.00  
TRIPLE:          December 1st - $1050.00                          

The cost of the trip will include:
·      Fully Escorted Deluxe Bus Transportation
·      9 nights of Hotel Accommodations
·      Continental or Full Breakfast included in all hotels except Holiday Inn, St. Augustine
·      All Taxes and Tips, including the Bus Driver and Tour Escort
·      Refreshments and snacks for the trip
·      Credit Only Walk Fees (12) (Including for the MLK Walking Weekend)
·      2 Hour Boat Cruise and Ferry Ride to Fort George Island
·      Meet & Greet at the MLK Walking Weekend
·      Breakfast (2) at Holiday Inn Resort in Daytona Beach

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