I’m on the final leg of my pre-Anime Expo trip around the U.S., and finally headed towards home. After visiting Mt. Rushmore (or “Rushmore” as the locals call it) and the old west town of Deadwood, I stayed in a place called Hot Springs, South Dakota, no doubt drawn there by my long time in Japan. (The hot springs turned out to be a river made slightly warm by underground springs, but I was warned, “Be careful if you go in, there are leeches.”) Now I’m in Colorado, drawn to the state’s image of cool, frosty mountains…so naturally they’re having the worst heat wave in 100 years or something. I’m staying at the 104-year-old Stanley Hotel, the original inspiration for The Shining, and when I’m done with this update I’ll be exploring the place to see if I can find any of the ghosts that are supposed to be hanging around the hotel.
My trip around the U.S. continues. Now in Colorado!