Nothing beats a road trip from Colorado to Arizona to get in touch with the Old West. Once again, Women Writing the West outdid themselves by producing the best conference experience ever near Wickenburg, Arizona. We took advantage of the destination by taking to the highway to get there, via the Grand Canyon. As if the stupendous beauty of the Grand Canyon was not enough to feed our spirits, there was plenty of western culture along the way.
Durango, Colorado provided yet another historic highlight to the trip. A narrow gauge steam train runs from Durango to Silverton, and houses a museum in its depot. Evidence of my book subject, General William Palmer, founder of the D&RG railroad, which connected Durango to the nation, can be found at every turn. Durango’s historic downtown is worthy as a destination in itself.
Joyce B. Lohse, 10/20/10