I almost did it, posting the full 26 days. Then by Sunday night, the week had already got away from me before it even started.
For 'X' I had planned to post something on XENIA, Ohio, near Dayton, and the largest town (population 25,700) beginning with 'X' in the United States. The town was mentioned in Stephen King's The Stand as the hometown of character Dayna Jurgens, and another novel, The Talisman. Author Tom Clancy also mentioned Xenia in his 2000 novel, The Bear and the Dragon. Xenia is also known as the 'Bicycle Capital of the Midwest.'
|Zion National Park (photo courtesy of NPS/Putnak)|
When I first saw ZION CANYON, Utah back in 1987, my fear of heights kicked into full gear. I had never been west of Denver before my then-fiance-now-husband and his mom took me on a three-week tour of the southwestern states. The 1,000-foot cliff faces and the guardrails separating our car from a drop of equal distance left me shaking so bad I had to lay down in the back seat. It's gorgeous country, though, and thankfully I've made it through on repeat trips without having to close my eyes. Naturally, generations of artists have tried to capture the amazing landscape, so the Zion National Park encourages this through their artist-in-residence-program.