Last week I had the good fortune of being assigned to a story by opinion columnist Rekha Basu just outside the small southeast Iowa town of Fairfield, where the residents of Maharishi Vedic City drew attention after a recent dust-up with law enforcement. (You can learn more about the story by clicking on the video below) Vedic City is this small enclave of Indian religious followers who came to America to pray, chant and practice Vedic knowledge in an effort to promote world peace. As you drive north out of Fairfield the "Anywhere, Iowa" agricultural landscape slowly gives way to an increasing number of ornate, palace-like buildings. As my first trip to Vedic City, Iowa I was unprepared for what I was about to experience. I arrived on campus and was treated to a tour of its facilities. I met with many nice people who, surprisingly, loved having their photograph made. The four-hour round trip drive was such a nice escape from my daily routine. Lately, it seems, I've been traveling the state less often so I try and cherish opportunities like this one.