Travel is good

In the last two weeks I have:

1. Gone to Colorado Springs, where I saw my grandmother, hiked with my kids in the Garden of the Gods, ascended Pike’s Peek on a rickety train.

2. Perused a tiny bookstore in Durango, Colorado, where I found The Miracle Letters and talked to booksellers from the east coast who came to the southwest on vacation in 1993 and then bought mountain bikes, grew their hair long, and sat in meditation, and now it is 2008 and they are happy.

3. Climbed into Anasazi chapels with my kids. The chapels and their prevalence on Mesa Verdi made me think about architecture and what we value (and later I drove down the Las Vegas strip).

4. Walked the rim of the Grand Canyon, which is terrifying and awesome, even with 10,000 French tourists walking around me, wearing brightly colored bandannas.

5. Played in a pool with my kids that overlooked a Phoenix canyon. There were thunderstorms over the mountains. The sun went down.

6. After a great book event for the Henderson Writers’ Group in Las Vegas two days ago (where I met great people – Las Vegas writers and peeps from the local newspaper), last night I did a small signing at a Borders. There I met a UNLV real estate prof and city planner with whom I had all kinds of connection and a palmist who read my palm quickly and told me to let other people help me (I’m not sure how, but I’ll try) and then I drove back to the Stratosphere up the Strip where I was stuck in front of the New York New York casino, staring at a large but smaller statue of liberty, the sun fading orange over the large but smaller New York skyline, and I turned on the radio and heard myself being interviewed by the excellent Dave Berns on Nevada Public Radio. This is a good life.

The original Star Wars played on a TV during my meet and greet at Borders. It did not matter.


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Geoff Herbach. I am the author of Stupid Fast and Nothing Special, among a bunch of other stuff. When I'm not writing, I teach writing at Minnesota State, Mankato.

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