Many of you may not know that a local Town of Binghamton resident (Missy Chapman from Maxian Road here in the Town of Binghamton) recently published a fascinating book, chronicling her trek on horseback from a farm on Conklin Forks Road to Needles, California in the 1980’s. After many years of dreaming of writing a book based on the journals she kept along her 2,600 mile journey, Missy’s book was recently published and is now for sale. The book is entitled, “Distant Skies: An American Journey on Horseback” (Melissa A. Priblo Chapman). The book is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target.com and Walmart.com, or you can contact the author.
Missy worked here at the Town Hall for many years and is a wonderful friend to many of us. I had the great pleasure of reading her book this past weekend, and I can’t praise it enough. Missy has a true gift of painting vivid pictures with her expressive words. I immediately felt like I was riding along with her on every grass covered trail, dusty gravel road, and quiet, lonesome highway, meeting all of the interesting characters she met along her arduous trek across our vast and scenic country. For me, this book arrived exactly when it was supposed to arrive… in 2020. It came at the exact time when I needed to be whisked away from this turbulent world where COVID-19 and the crazy election seems to consume my daily thoughts. It came at the exact moment when I longed to be transported back to a simpler time where strangers helped strangers and the world was a pleasant and peaceful place in which to live. This book filled that longing. I absolutely loved it, and I hope you do, too.
If you happen to see Missy out and about in the world (you might even catch her riding her horse, Starbuck), please mention that you heard it first on the Town of Binghamton’s website!