Thursday, May 29, 2014

the red beret goes backpacking: Scenes from Last Summer

Here's a treat- this is what I did as the Trip Director at a Girl Scout Camp last summer.  Nostalgic in a way, I don't know if I'll be adventuring like this during the coming months, because of work.  Fingers crossed, though.

Backpack trip in the Adirondack High Peaks

A walkway on Avalanche Pass

Timeout on Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake

On the peak of Phelps Mountain, looking out at the High Peaks

Canoe trip, starting on Upper Saranac and exploring the nearby ponds region

Twitch washing off her feet by the grounded canoes

Home for the evening on our very own island.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

the red beret is back: Fulbright & Update

Hi.  It's been a while.

I've been Stateside since I came back from Berlin (almost two years ago!)  I have been traveling some, but it's been hard to keep up during the semester.  So I suppose my last few trips are just going to have to remain a mystery, and hopefully the future ones will be here.

Okay, not a complete mystery.  Last summer, I worked as a camp counselor and led a 4-day backpacking trip in the Adirondack High Peaks, and then a 4-day canoe trip near Saranac Lake the following week.  In September, my sister and I went to Washington, D.C. for the National Book Festival, where we listened to authors (including Margaret Atwood!) talk about their works.  In October, I took a short trip to Buffalo, NY to visit a friend, and that was it until... March, when I went to Chicago for a weekend and then spent my birthday week with my sister and her boyfriend in Ohio.  The most recent trip was in April, when I attended the Undergraduate Research Conference in German Studies at Loyola College in Pennsylvania, and I spent the rest of the weekend with a friend in NYC.

At Cloud Gate in Chicago, sans red beret but with my trusty blue L.L. Bean.

I'm currently in Rochester, where I attend university.  I'm living here for the summer so I can take some classes and work on my thesis, and it's also closer to NYC, where I'll have to go to propose and pick up my visa to study in France in the fall (!)  Even though the past several months have been mostly stagnant for long-distance travel, hopefully the next couple years will be a little more upbeat.  Today I'm working on my essays for a Fulbright Grant, which, if I get it, will mean I spend a year as an English Teaching Assistant in Germany the year after I graduate.  Fingers crossed, and I guess I'd best get back to working on it.