I’m a 38D

Really, I am. At least on the L.A. Times Crossword puzzle.

Now that I’ve caught your attention, I thought I’d make you look at my vacation photos:

Imagine waking up to this stunning view of the Grand Tetons every morning. This was snapped from my hotel room at Jackson Lake Lodge. If you haven’t yet been to Wyoming, I say go go go! It has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth, and I say this as someone who’s lived in both Hawaii and Maine. I traveled to Wyoming to research my next book, and drove throughout the northwest corner of the state, from Jackson to Yellowstone to Cody to Thermopolis. (I seemed to be stalking thriller writer C.J. Box, who was on book tour there at the time. I really wanted to meet him, but only got as close as glimpsing him through a bookstore window. I didn’t want to cut in on the long, long line of his fans waiting to see him.)

Of course, I had to make the obligatory pilgrimage to Old Faithful, where we joined the crowds waiting for the spout. And I do mean crowds.

Everywhere I went, I took notes, snapped photos, and now have a much better idea of where my story (another Jane and Maura thriller) takes place.

Yeah, I know. It’s a tough, tough life being a writer. But somebody’s got to do it.

To make my visit to Jackson Hole even more thrilling, I spent the July 4 weekend attending Renaissance Weekend, otherwise known as “Revenge of the Nerds,” where I caught up with a few old friends, and met many new ones. Confidentiality’s the rule there, so I can’t talk about what went on in the sessions, but I can say that I’m very pleased indeed to see how many of our brightest new scientists are young women. The downside to the conference? After hanging out with such brilliant science and tech people, I came away (as usual after Renaissance) feeling hopelessly inadequate.

9 replies
  1. alanorloff
    alanorloff says:

    I was also surprise by how striking parts of Wyoming are–just beautiful. Did you happen to catch the Cody Night Rodeo?

    Can’t wait to read your book set there.

  2. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    Oh, I love Wyoming and Yellowstone NP! I’ve been there a few times and it’s really great – especially if you go a few hundred metres and leave the crowds behind you.

    I can imagine what a hardship it was to do the research for your new book. You have my deepest sympathy. 😉


  3. holly y
    holly y says:

    We camped in the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone when I was a kid in the 60s. We saw Old Faithful when it was, well, still faithful. Back then people fed the bears on the roadside (E Gads!) My father preferred to escape crowds, so we camped in the back country in some of the most breathtaking places on Earth. You’re right, Tess, there is no other place to compare to Wyoming.

  4. PackingPadre
    PackingPadre says:


    It sounds like a grand trip, and I am looking forward to the book.

    Some day I would love to visit the West. I have barely been west of the Mississippi, once to San Antonio and once to St Paul, Minnesota.


  5. Abe
    Abe says:

    Hi Tess,

    Yes, I have to admit, “38D” DID capture my attention, but then you mentioned the Grand Tetons, and again I was hooked. Thank God you didn’t go to “Breast” Virginia. Yes, ladies, I’m a pig.
    Anyway, You always seem to amaze us by your photos and the stories behind them. Ah, the life of a travelling author. Thank you for sharing them with us, Tess, and I look foward to the next Jane and Maura thriller.

  6. caite
    caite says:

    nice photos.

    while you were out west, I was actually in your neck of the woods, Maine and then headed further north to Canada.

    sadly, I can’t use the research ‘excuse’…lol

    would that make it tax deductible as a business expense?

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