Goodbye, Grand Junction. For 2 ? weeks we have appreciated the Western Colorado landscape: Pinyon pines, junipers, cliffs, plateaus and peach trees.
On one of my last nights in Grand Junction, I drove the winding road to the Colorado National Monument to watch ET on the outdoor projector at Glade Park Store. I sat on a tarp with my cardigan wrapped around my knees, shivering. It was a relief when a nearby couple let me borrow their orange sleeping bag. (Hospitality like this is not uncommon in Grand Junction.) I smiled as I sat alternating my gaze between the clear starry sky, the film and the community of families – children nestled in blankets, passing kettle corn back and forth.
Driving back down the mountain, my mind was alive with the landscapes and people that shaped the MobileBooth West experience in Grand Junction. For the first time in my life I have an appreciation for hiking. The people here recognized the beautiful convenience of having the Colorado National Monument at their doorstep. Whenever I asked, “What should I do here?” to test sound at the beginning of the interviews, most people would simply say, “There is so much to see!”
Here is a sampling of some of the faces and landscapes that formed the StoryCorps team experience in Grand Junction: