More often than not, I need help, but I'm learning how to identify things I find in the field. Perhaps this is emblematic of the impending blog move, though I must admit, I have long loved collecting scientific and natural factoids (and using them in poetry). I found this really neat site on identifying Minnesota trees; a bit of an after-the-fact exploration. I have a pocket guide too, which may have driven Ryan a little batty on our excursion to Afton.
Ryan brought up our one year wedding anniversary this summer, how we might celebrate. It seems strange to celebrate a first year anything when we are actually hitting nine years of being together, but I won't deny I'd love to take advantage and go on a trip! Because we are facing three years of nearly-single salary when I return to graduate school (the TAship covers tuition and a small stipend), his suggestion was to pack up the car and camp cross-country. Or rather, half cross-country, since we happen to be planted dead center. Oregon or Maine as end-destination? I've already been to Oregon once, but I would absolutely love to return. And truth be told, I have fantasized about meandering to Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine. Or Canada. Or we could go south, return to the land of my childhood. I haven't yet had the opportunity to show Ryan Chattanooga. But I'd love to drive to Missoula again, see the Idaho forests. Or the Tetons! Oh, but the coast. Cape Cod would be wonderful.
The ping pong again, this time, not as hard as deciding between MFA programs. So I ask, dear reader, if you had the opportunity to do a little camping adventure with this geography restricting you, where would you go? Maybe a week's time?
Last night we tried a new recipe: Bell Pepper Chicken with Feta Orzo. I couldn't find anything labeled orzo at our grocery store, so I substituted with another grain sized pasta and omitted feta from Ryan's portion.