The author, Joyce Ann Brown, is a freelance writer and author of a series of cozy mysteries which feature The Trolley Track Trail in midtown Kansas City. The first book is CATastrophic Connections: A Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery. The second is FURtive Investigation: A Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery. Find them on Amazon or Createspsace or in local bookstores or the Johnson County Library. The e-book versions are also available on Amazon.com.
The walking group learns about the trails we walk in the Kansas City area from online trail maps published by each of the metropolitan counties and by Kansas and Missouri, from the book Hiking Kansas City by William B. Eddy & Richard O. Ballentine, and from various maps and brochures available at many county park offices. Also, sometimes we just see a trail, tell our buddies, and decide to explore it on our next hike.
The places we choose to eat are locally owned as much as possible. Most of the time we see a likely spot in the town or neighborhood near where we are walking. Since the up-to-date techy in our group got her I-phone and a Yelp app, we’ve used that at times.