Sam Kean: Nowhere I’d Rather Have Been
Road Trips for Readers asks one question to authors who are attending the South Dakota Festival of Books each year. This year, we asked, “What is your favorite road trip you ever took?” We’ll be posting their answers as soon as they get back to us.
The best road trip I ever took happened toward the end of college, when three friends and I piled into my parents minivan and took off west.
We started in South Dakota, explored Colorado and Utah, then made our way down to the Grand Canyon. I took the longest and I think most tiring hike of my life down to the bottom of the canyon, then had to hike back up in the sun. And that night we still somehow had enough energy to drive to Las Vegas.
Two of the wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon and The Strip, in one day. We then had to drive twenty-four hours straight back home so my friend could make his sister’s wedding.
No cell phones, no responsibilities, nowhere I’d rather have been…
By Sam Kean, author of The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery
From the South Dakota Festival of Books: As a kid, Sam Kean spent years collecting mercury from broken thermometers, so maybe it’s natural that he became a science writer. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist’s Thumb, as well as a brand-new book, The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons. Both of his first two books were named Amazon top-five science books of the year, and his work has been featured on NPR’s “Radiolab,” “All Things Considered” and “Fresh Air.” Kean grew up in Sioux Falls and now lives in Washington, D.C.