I crashed tonight after a long day at work.  I was sitting on the couch, watching my son and wife playing.  The next thing I knew, my wife woke me up.  I dragged myself to bed, but I couldn’t sleep.  For some strange, inexpicable reason, I thought about visiting Golden Spike National Historical Site in Promontory, Utah in the fall of 2003.  I was on a business trip to Salt Lake City at the time and had some extra time to explore the Beehive State.  That day, I also visited Antelope Island on the Great Salt Lake.  My wife and son were far away, back home in Seattle.  I remember the wide open spaces and subtle desolation of the area.  I saw nary a tree in sight.  Brittle rock formations around Promotory interrupted the landscape, and dried grassy plains blanketed the ground.  Railroad tracks, a meandering, two-lane asphalt highway bordered by electrical poles, and a small memorial center cut a wide swath through the area.  No one was around the day I visited except for briefly an retired couple from Minnesota tooling around in their RV.  We wondered together why no one was manning the visitor’s center.  I vividly recalled the shrill wind hitting my face, thundering in my ears.  The day was bright, the kind that would leave you sunburned without shade or sun screen.
 
After lying awake for half an hour, I decided to wake up and do some work.  It’s frustrating tossing and turning at night, thinking about all the things you have to do.  Here I am, writing about something that happened almost two-and-a-half years ago, a fleeting memory that I had long since filed away in the recesses in my mind.  Why this memory came to mind tonight, I have no idea.  Perhaps I yearn for a simpler time.  Dear Reader, has this happened to you?
 

Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his wife Jing and son Alex. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or contact him by e-mail at me@mgedwards.com or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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10 Comments

  1. Shawn's Gravatar Shawn
    February 27, 2006    

    If you run out of ideas, I have a new stock or you to analyze: TiVo? Emerging giant or soon to be overwhelmed by their competitors? Apparently they’re discussing giving away the set top boxes in order to get subscriptions. It works for cell phone companies and (to a certain extent) for game consoles, but for DVR?

  2. quemino's world's Gravatar quemino's world
    February 28, 2006    

    My friend, it happens way too often!

  3. deniset's Gravatar deniset
    February 28, 2006    

    your space is fascinating.  thanks for the wonderful descriptions.  it is like being there.

  4. -Koncussion Kasey--'s Gravatar -Koncussion Kasey--
    February 28, 2006    

    Amazing space man. Great detail!

  5. Cute Toes's Gravatar Cute Toes
    March 1, 2006    

    Hey, I like your blog! My family travels alot. We are back in Lynnwood Wa at the moment. But soon to be on our way to IN this summer. Wonderful site!

  6. Rebecca's Gravatar Rebecca
    March 1, 2006    

    its wicked goodd  . i can tell your a great writer and probably write a lot .  great detail!

  7. James's Gravatar James
    March 1, 2006    

    I think we all do it from time to time. Its a great way of forgeting the stresses and strains of modern life, The only problem I always feel is a small piece of regret, Knowing how I didnt savour the moment at the time.

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