Tates Great Pony Express Adventure 2002
Children's Author Delivers Pony Express Mail
NV Students at Gardnerville Elementary School received letters
Monday from their counterparts in British Columbia, Canada, courtesy
of Nikki Tate who arrived at the school aboard her pony, carrying
the mail in her mochila. She picked up letters from the students
to deliver back to Canada.
The exchange of mail was part of Nikkis re-enactment of the
historical events surrounding the Pony Express, which is the setting
of her newest childrens novel, Jos Triumph (Orca Book
Publishers). For the past 10 days Nikki has been riding portions
of the Pony Express Trail in Nevada and visiting schools along the
way, talking to students about the events of 1860 and about her
life as a writer.
Following the school visit Nikki rode the Pony Express Trail at
the western most part of Nevada, in the shadow of the Sierra Nevadas,
pausing at the bottom of the Kingsbury Grade just outside Genoa.
This marked the completion of the cross-Nevada trek which began
at the eastern end of the State in Ely.
Over the next few days Nikki will continue riding parts of the Trail.
She will be visiting several schools in the Reno and Sparks areas,
delivering more mail and answering students questions. At the end
of the week she will be participating in the Great Basin Book Festival
in Reno where she will take part in several activities including
a panel discussion on childrens literature and talking to
aspiring writers in the Teen Tent.
Nikki Tate's Pony Express Adventure on her website at www.stablemates.net.
PONY EXPRESS 2002 SPONSORS:
Books (Victoria, BC) Clearsilver Media (Victoria, BC) Horse Council
BC (Aldergrove, BC) Leisure Time Rentals (Victoria, BC) Orca Book
Publishers (Victoria, BC) Scrapbook Parade (Victoria, BC) Sono Nis
Press (Winlaw, BC) Theatre Row Auto Sales (Victoria, BC) Karl Schutz