Monday, June 30, 2014

Travels with Tony Hillerman

About 1992, someone suggested I read Tony Hillerman's latest novel.  I did, and I was hooked.  I read everything he had written up to that point, and got every new novel as soon as it was released.  

His eighteen mystery novels are set in the deserts of New Mexico and Arizona with protagonists Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee of the Navajo tribal police.  Hillerman's books describes the Four Corners area, Window Rock, Arizona and other desert landscapes. We had been to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, but had never stopped at these places and seen them up close.

We had a long winter here, and one cold, rainy day, I was thinking (daydreaming?) about how nice it would be to be in the Southwest. I started rereading Hillerman's novels, and Hub read some of them for the first time. His descriptions make you want to be there, to see these places with your own eyes, to taste the dust with your mouth, to hear the wind and the silence.

So blame it on a wild hare, wanderlust, or Tony Hillerman, but Hub and I just spent several days roaming the area that helped us through the winter.  It took a lot of planning and a lot of driving, but we made some memories that we will never forget.

I plan to share some photos and tell you about what we did in the next few days here.  I hope it makes you want to go and see it for yourself.