WBW Tour – Ogden, Utah

Face in the mountain

The first thing I noticed here in Ogden, maybe all of Utah, is the lack of facial hair. This state is not a predominately beard-loving place which makes no sense to me since it’s right in the middle of all these mountains. I love the mountains and after finishing up the craft talk I will be presenting at the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley, Kase and I headed out to climb one. He told me at the top there would be a waterfall. I really wasn’t prepared for the altitude, or at least that’s my excuse for climbing so slow. It took a while but we made it and Kase was so proud of the waterfall that I didn’t have the heart to tell him it was just a little trickle compared to the falls in the Gorge back home. Despite that, there was no denying the place was amazing, just gorgeous.

Yesterday we hit up the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and I was really blown away. It really made me want to switch back to oils from acrylics. Those portraits really popped, but I know I’ll have to wait until Jackie is a little older.

Kase, Mary, and I are heading out to sushi in an hour or so before the reading. Right now Kase is timing the piece he’ll be reading tonight on the PA system we’ll be using tonight. I timed mine too. I’ll be reading the chapter Cradle of Civilization. Most the people at the reading tonight won’t be veterans, and if there is one or two it won’t be from this war, so I thought I’d give them a little peek of what it was like to drive through Baghdad and live through my first mortar attack.

Tomorrow I leave for Nebraska, Iowa, and I’ll end up in Wisconsin for the Fox Valley Book Festival with Mike Magnuson, Ben Percy, and others.

By Sean Davis

Sean Davis is the author of The Wax Bullet War, a Purple Heart Iraq War veteran, and the winner of the Legionnaire of the Year Award from the American Legion in 2015 and the recipient of the Emily Gottfried Emerging Leader, Human Rights award for 2016. His stories, essays, and articles have appeared in the the Ted Talk Book The Misfit’s Manifesto (Simon and Schuster), Forest Avenue Press anthology City of Weird, Sixty Minutes, Story Corps, Flaunt Magazine, The Big Smoke, Human the movie, and much more.

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