We can’t always travel to the places on our bucket list. But we can go there with books! I started the Fifty States Of Fiction challenge with the aim of reading one book from every state in the country. Each week in 2017 I’ll be here to talk about a different state, share with you some geographical fun facts, and explore how a novel, play, or personal narrative captures the essence of the area. Want to follow along? Check out this free printable calendar I’ve created just for you! Let’s get started!
Today’s State: Colorado
Nickname: Centennial State
Motto: “Nothing Without Providence”
Bird: Lark bunting
Flower: Rocky Mountain columbine
Entered the union in: 1876
Now, pack your bags everybody. We’re about to explore Colorado as Stephen King portrays it in The Shining.
Studded miles up above sea-level in the mountains of Colorado, the Overlook Hotel sits giving all of its guests a stunning view of the landscape below. Sharp rock faces pierce the sky. Rocky Mountain pine and spruce trees gather near a sparkling waterfall. The clouds out past the rigid peaks are rimmed with a faint golden light. Far up past Boulder and the little town of Sidewinder, a menagerie of hedge animals guard the early nineteen hundreds structure that is the Overlook. The air there is crisp in late October. By December it will drop to ten above zero. Piles of snow will fill tunnels in the playground, cover the historic roque court, and block out all roads leading to the Hotel. Inside, a patched up boiler threatens to burst unless the pressure is released. But the boiler isn’t the only dangerous thing lurking inside the Overlook Hotel. Slashed silk wallpaper, occupied bathtubs, and a red-eyed monster frighten little Danny Torrance. People in masks want him. Snake-like fire hoses want him. The manager wants him. And they’ll stop at nothing to get Danny and his very special talent to join their eternal party.
Have you read any other books set in Colorado? Have you traveled there yourself? Make sure to let me know what the Centennial State means to you in the comments! Check back here next week to explore Connecticut through literature.
And remember, if you want to keep up with our schedule as we travel the country, you can download my free printable calendar.
See you all next week!