Literature often describes places we are curious about, regardless of whether we know them or not. This blog maps the journeys laid out in selected books and offers reflections corresponding to the various stops. Happy traveling!

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I was born in Eureka, California and adopted when I was 2.  I grew up in Fort Bragg, California, and graduated high school in 1982.  I finished a BA in English at Santa Clara University, and then did two years of volunteer service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in inner-city Milwaukee.  I lived in Milwaukee from 1986-1995.  I got married in 1995 to Megan Kamerick and moved to San Antonio, Texas where I worked for a non-profit organization while I picked up an MA in International Relations at St. Mary's University.  In 2000, I started a Ph.D. program in Political Science at the University of New Orleans and we lived there until 2004.  Megan accepted a job in Albuquerque 2004, and we have lived there up to the present.  I completed my Ph.D. in 2008 and am currently working at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

On the Road: Grand Island

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On the Road: Grand Island, Nebraska


Blogger Steve said...

Through my travels and all my cross country trips - past and present - I've found that the best places to eat are almost always the local joints. And they are easy to find - just check the license plates in the parking lot. If they are all out of state, don't go there! Look for the local license plates and you'll probably hit a jackpot, with at least one thing on the menu that the establsiment is absolutely known for - whether it be pie or coffee or even the waitress!

9:50 AM  
Blogger circuitmouse said...

Back in the 70s (before I read "On the Road" myself, and LONG before I corrupted my nephew with his own copy), my family was stranded in Grand Island for ten days (!) as we waited for a part for our Dad's motor home. The locals were nothing short of the most gracious folk you could ever want to meet...

The Leo B. Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer stands out to this day as one of those unexpected finds that I will remember the rest of my life. They never mentioned Kerouac, though, the entire time we were there.

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Blogger Michael L. Hess said...

The tip about local license plates is a great one!

It's amazing to me the treasures we can find in the most out of the way places, and the treasures we miss by just not looking or looking past. I'm glad you found one! It sounds like a fascinating place, even if it took a 10 day forced vacation there

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grand Island has a myspace page:

10:22 PM  

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